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  • 1. The Aesthetic Movement Aestheticism and Decadence
  • 2. Main Features
    • Language of the senses
    • Excessive attention to the self
    • Hedonistic attitude
    • Perversity in subject matter
    • Disenchantment with contemporary society – dissatisfaction with the Victorian values
    • Absence of didactic aim
  • 3. T. Gautier (France, 1811-72)
    • Frustration and uncertainty of the artist
    • Reaction against materialism and restrictive middle class moral code
    • Art for art’s sake (aesthetic isolation)
    • The bohémien unconventional existence
    • Art, beauty, sensation & excess
  • 4. Walter Pater(1839-1894)
    • Subversive, rejected religious faith
    • Art  the only means to stop time
    • Life should be lived ‘as a work of art’
    • Intense experience, feeling and sensations
    • The artist should feel sensations
    • Art has no reference to life, has nothing to do with morality and need not be didactic
  • 5. OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray is his only novel (1891)
    • Set in London in the 19th century
    • The protagonist is DORIAN GRAY, a young man whose beauty fascinates a painter, Basil who decides to portray him…