aestheticism defined in 1939 year

aestheticism - Aestheticism;
aestheticism - In its full and strict sense, the practice of the theories of aesthetics. The word was popularised in the latter half of the 19th century by a group of notable artists and craftsmen, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, who revolted against the genera] ugliness of Victorian architecture, art, decoration, and furniture, and strove to educate public taste to appreciate better things. The movement they started was carried to extremes by younger men of brilliant wit but not impeccable judgement, among whom Oscar Wilde was chief, and aestheticism came to connote an affectation which was killed by ridicule. The Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience, 1881, and George du Maurier's satirical drawings in Punch, assisted in the killing.

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