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    Walter Pater/ "The Renaissance"/Aestheticism/Decadence

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    Fin-de-siècle movements
    Aestheticism, Decadence, Symbolism (inspired by Baudelaire)
    – celebrates the pursuit of sensual pleasure
    -art for arts sake, not to better society
    – Cult of Beauty: anti-utilitarian
    – elevates art to the status of religions
    – art’s responsibility is beauty, subject matter irrelevant
    – escape the stifling constraints of the Victorian society
    -critique of the spiritually empty industrial/modern society
    -loss of the natural order of things
    “to fall away”
    – artificiality, perversity, depravity, decay, langorous debauchery
    – self consciousness, refinement
    – sought to elevate the things deemed negative (death/decay)
    – celebrate the abnormal/grotesque
    – extreme refinement of sensibility/aestheticism
    The habit of the crowd flattens them

    -more emphasis on what we experience, less emphasis on trying to categorize beauty – no formula
    – perhaps beauty itself is eternal, but the form it takes is not
    -fleeting, transient

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