1) Valued aesthetic elements of art over moral or social themes (no conceptual art here folks)
2) A reaction to British morality, Victorian ideals and Industrialisation
3) Art for Art’s Sake – iconic phrase first used by Walter Pater (1867)
4) Blue and White dinner ware(decorative arts)
5) Nature – flowers and birds (decorative arts )
6 )Whistler /Ruskin trial http://blogs.princeton.edu/wri152-3/rpower/archives/001951.html
The guilty painting
(interesting in relation to Ronnie’s comment on the last post regarding the weight of Greenberg’s influence in the American scene of the 1950’s.)
7)Here is another interesting account of the Whistler/Ruskin trial http://www.loyno.edu/~history/journal/Landry.htm
– particularly interesting because it gives four ‘tenets’ of the movement which basically states that artists and their visions are superior to everyone else in society and therefore their only duty is to create art and therefore they can distort what they are representing if they want to.
8) Oscar Wilde was a promoter of the aesthetic movement
9) The Aesthetic dress movement grew out of the artists desire to paint medieval knights and ladies. The artists models and wives started wearing the less restricting clothes. This was part of what was known as the “dress reform”of the 1870’s which was trying to get woman out of corsets and into bloomers.
Now they couldn't of done that in their Victorian finery! c 1880's
10)The pre Raphaelites are probable the best know group associated with aestheticism and the ideas discussed above. Whistler was not a member of the pre Raphaelites but was linked to the same ideas of art for art's sake. Whereas the P R's focused on ymbolism and religious and medieval scenes, Whistler was concerned primarily with colour.
Artists include Rossetti, Burne Jones, Whistler, Beardsley, Millais,
So that is Aestheticism in 300 words or less.
I must admit I do love the images no matter how cliched some of them have become.
Please feel free to add anything.