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    • The Aesthetic Movement Aestheticism and Decadence
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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…