The House Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Interior

The House Beautiful: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Interior

by Charlotte Gere
     
 
Celebrating Wilde's association with the Aesthetic Movement, this book offers a comprehensive account of the aesthetic interior across late-19th-century British and American society. It traces the artists, architects and designers Wilde admired, and the houses and interiors by which he was influenced.

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Celebrating Wilde's association with the Aesthetic Movement, this book offers a comprehensive account of the aesthetic interior across late-19th-century British and American society. It traces the artists, architects and designers Wilde admired, and the houses and interiors by which he was influenced.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This useful and important study centers on the taste and influence of Oscar Wilde in the dissemination of the Aesthetic style in England and America, with Wilde's Chelsea house, designed by Edward Godwin, serving as the focus. The authors begin with a description of Wilde's life; give a useful account of the origins of the Aesthetic Movement, the influence of Morris, and the importance of the styles that came from Japan; describe the artistic circles in Chelsea and Kensington; and conclude with a fairly lengthy description of the Aesthetic interior, including a definition of "Aesthetic" as opposed to "artistic." Throughout, the volume is filled with fascinating contemporary photographs, decorative schemes, and paintings--many of them hitherto unpublished. This valuable contribution on an important stylistic movement belongs in larger public and academic decorative art collections.--Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853318187
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.85(w) x 11.76(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Gere is an established authority on nineteenth-century design. Her many publications include Nineteenth-Century Decoration: The Art of the Interior; Victorian Jewellery Design; Arts and Crafts in Britain and America (with Isabelle Anscombe); and An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors: Watercolours from Two Private Collections.

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