Aestheticism
late 19th-century European arts movement which centred on the
doctrine that art exists for the sake of its beauty alone, and that it
need serve no political, didactic, or other purpose.

Aestheticism
from Europe, history of
To those who dedicated their lives to Symbolist literature and
criticism the name of aesthetes is often given, for it was at this
time, from 1870 to the end of the century, that questions of
aesthetics became the intense concern of artists, critics, and a
portion of the public. The phrase “art for art’s sake,” which the…

Aestheticism
from art, philosophy of
Diametrically opposed to the moralistic view is aestheticism, the
view that, instead of art (and everything else) being the
handmaiden of morality, morality (and everything else) should be
the handmaiden of art. The proponents of this view hold that the
experience of art is the most intense and pervasive experience
available in human life and…

autotelism
the belief that a work of art, especially a work of literature, is an
end in itself or provides its own justification and does not exist to
serve a moral or didactic purpose. It was adopted by proponents
of New Criticism in the 1920s and is similar to the “art for art’s
sake” doctrine of the Aestheticism movement of the late 19th…

art for art’s sake
a slogan translated from the French l’art pour l’art, which was
coined in the early 19th century by the French philosopher Victor
Cousin. The phrase expresses the belief held by many writers and
artists, especially those associated with Aestheticism, that art
needs no justification, that it need serve no political, didactic, or…

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