After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England

By: Prettejohn, Elizabeth

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After the Pre-Raphaelites: Art and Aestheticism in Victorian England by Prettejohn, Elizabeth (editor)
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Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 1999. 265pp looks unused What happened in Victorian painting and sculpture after the Pre-Raphaelites? Aestheticism has been called the next avant-garde movement but attention has centred on literary figures such as Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walter Peter and Oscar Wilde. This volume is the first overview of parallel trends in the visual arts, including the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler, Edward Burne-Jones, Simeon Solomon and Albert Moore among others. Victorian Aestheticism has often been treated as a frivolous elevation of art above the concerns of political and social life. It is reinterpreted here as a significant exploration of what it might mean to produce works of art in the modern world. The chapters address not only 'art for art's sake' but linkages with the realms of science and morality. A major concern is the relationship between art and sexuality, from the experiments of the Rossetti circle in the 1860s to the male nude in late-Victorian sculpture. Both homosexual and heterosexual eroticism emerge as key issues in the artistic debates of the late-Victorian period. Contributors include Caroline Arscott, Robyn Asleson, Alastair Grieve, Anne Koval, Kate Flint, Robyn Spencer, Whitney Davis and Alison Smith . Paperback. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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