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Aesthetic Movement

Flourished in Britain 1870s, 1880s. Important equally in fine and applied arts. Critic Walter Hamilton published book The Aesthetic Movement in England 1882. Cult of pure beauty in art and design. Rallying cry 'art for art's sake', meaning art foregrounding the purely visual and sensual, free of practical, moral or narrative considerations. In painting exemplified by
Whistler James Abbott and Moore Albert Joseph and certain works by Leighton Frederic. Important influence of Japan especially on Whistler and Aesthetic design. In applied arts part of revolution in design initiated by Morris William with foundation of Morris &Co in 1862. From 1875 commercialised by Liberty store in London, which later also popularised Art Nouveau.

 
 

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