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The aesthetic movement

Auteur : Lionel Lambourne

Paru le : 25/08/2011
Éditeur(s) : Phaidon
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Résumé

Dans la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle, des poètes, artistes, designers et architectes, inspirés par les écrits de W. Pater et Baudelaire, préoccupés par l'esthétisme, donnent naissance à un mouvement, caractérisé par l'intérêt pour les éléments décoratifs et ornementaux. L'ouvrage présente les artistes qui ont marqué ce mouvement et éclaire l'histoire sociale de cette période. ©Electre 2016

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Présentation en anglais The aesthetic movement Originating from the Greek, « aesthetics » is the name that has been given since classical times to the study of beauty and the nature of the beautiful. In the second half of the nineteenth century, inspired by the writings of Walter Pater and Baudelaire and the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, British poets, painters, designers and architects began to turn to aesthetic concerns and to place more emphasis on ornament and on the past. The result was the Aesthetic Movement and a new freedom in all aspects of the fine and decorative arts. In architecture, the dogmatism of Gothic gave way to the charm of Queen Anne. In interiors, heavy Victorian forms were replaced by lighter, fresher Japanese-inspired shapes, and in the graphic arts, innovative methods, coupled with a new approach to form, led to the revitalization of illustration and book design. Believing that beauty should permeate every sphere of life, the Aesthetes' rallying cry was « Art for Art's sake ». Oscar Wilde, one of the movement's most characteristic and charismatic members, was heard to complain about the difficulty of « living up to one's blue and white china ». Together with James McNeill Whistler, Aubrey Beardsley and a host of other colourful figures, Wilde felt very strongly about elegance and richness, and it was this very coherence of philosophy that held the Aesthetic Movement together and gave it a lasting influence. From the languid figures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to the sunflowers of Wilde and the flamboyance of Ellen Terry, Aesthetic motifs cannot be easily forgotten. Focusing on the designers and artists who worked both in Europe and the United States, this beautiful and witty book will prove invaluable to enthusiasts of design and architecture and to all those intrigued by the social history of the period. An era of lofty concerns, this was also a time when the cult of the « higher silliness » was indulged, when the sunflower and the lily and the peacock's feather were objects of worship and Wilde is said to have sat up all night talking to a primrose. An entertaining and charming story told exceptionally well by a witty and lucid author, The Aesthetic Movement will both delight and inform.

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Paru le : 25/08/2011

Thématique : Art du XIXème siècle

Auteur(s) : Auteur : Lionel Lambourne

Éditeur(s) : Phaidon

Collection(s) : Non précisé.

Série(s) : Non précisé.

ISBN : 0-7148-6319-X

EAN13 : 9780714863191

Format : Non précisé.

Reliure : Broché sous jaquette

Pages : 240

Hauteur : 29 cm / Largeur : 25 cm

Épaisseur : 2,3 cm

Poids : 1513 g