An Introduction to The Aesthetic Movement

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26 April 2021
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An Introduction to The Aesthetic Movement
Mondays, 12 April, 19 April, 26 April, 10 May & 17 May
11am-12.15pm
£50 full course | £12 single lecture
£45 Friends full course | £10.80 Friends single lecture
Online via Zoom
Led by Hilary Underwood

Most Victorian art was about sentiment, narrative and morality. But from the 1850s onwards, a few artists, writers and designers questioned this. They advocated 'art for art's sake' and created some of the era's most poetic, sensuous and elegant artefacts. From Millais and Rossetti to Burne-Jones, Whistler and Watts, this course will introduce you to key artists, artworks and ideas in The Aesthetic Movement.

12 April

The 1850s - Pre Raphaelites into Aesthetes: Millais, Rossetti and Leighton

19 April

The 1860s - Aesthetic Avant-garde: Whistler, Albert Moore, Burne-Jones and Watts

26 April

The 1870s - Advocating Aestheticism: Pater, Whistler and Wilde

10 May

Art Furniture - The Aesthetic Home: Morris, Eastlake and Dresser

17 May

The 1880s - Decline & Fall? Du Maurier Cartoons and Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Patience'


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