A E S T H E T I C I S M
Hello pequeños engendros!
Here we are again... It has been a long time since I posted something on my blog (that is not just images without written text...
A brief update of my life before I start with this entry:
We are at the end of the year, in the month of November to be more clear. I'm still not emotionally well, but I try to distract myself for this fact. I'll write about that in another entry... oh yes, depression my dear fellow.
Oh oh, I no longer use facebook! but you can follow me on Instagram, I've been very active on that place and I love it.
Yeah I have three Instagram accounts... I know what are you thinking right now, and yes I am unstable in all senses but please do not judge me ... or do it as you please, we are human beings anyways.
All this has an explanation! I swear!
Instagram and the main topic are connected by one aspect:
A E S T H E T I C
The definition of Aetheticism according to wikipedia is:
~ "Aestheticism (also the Aesthetic Movement) is an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. This meant that Art from this particular movement focused more on being beautiful rather than having a deeper meaning - 'Art for Art's sake'. " ~
It´s very clear, right?
Aestheticism = Aethethic Movement = A spiritual philosophy with the exaltation of the sensible and the beauty.
Aestheticism is a late 19th-century European art movement which is centred on the purporse of the existence of art as the sake of its beauty alone, and that it need serve no political, didactic, or other purpose.
This movement was created to consequences of the ugliness of the industrial age. It empathizes the aesthetic side in visual art as well as in literature.
it was also related to other movements such as symbolism or decadence, and it was supported by notable figures such as Oscar Wilde.
Aestheticism in conection to Symbolism and Decadent movement
As I mentioned before, the Aestheticism shared certain affinities with the French Symbolist and the Decadent Movement.
The Decadent Movement followed an aesthetic ideology of excess and artificiality, characterized by self-disgust, sickness at the world, a delight in perversion and employment of crude humor and a belief in the superiority of human creativity over logic and the natural world. The Decadence shows the accumulation of signs or descriptions acting as detailed catalogs of human material riches as well as artifice.
Symbolism is an accumulation of “symbols” that there are not to present their content but to evoke greater ideas that their symbolism cannot expressly utter. In art, it is related to the gothic component of Romanticism and Impressionism. It was also largely a reaction against naturalism and realism. Symbolism was also a reaction in favour of spirituality, the imagination, and dreams.
What connects both movements with the aestheticism is basically the focus of attention in the aesthetics side with artificiality, artistic conventions and exotic and supernatural elements rather than the representation of subject matter truthfully (characteristic of realism.) Also both movements tend to do an aesthetic reflection with a tendency to evaluate things only from the aesthetic point of view.
The Aestheticism, Symbolism and Decadent Movement have in common the rejection of faith in science and modernity, pessimism as a result of the materialism. Apparently, the cult for beauty itself is considered a way out of this rejection of everyday reality, morals and customs, modernity, materialism and reason.
Aestheticism in visual arts:
James McNeill Whistler
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Aestheticism in literature:
The artists and writers of Aesthetic style tended to profess that the Arts should provide refined sensuous pleasure, rather than convey moral or sentimental messages.The main characteristics of the style were: suggestion rather than statement, sensuality, great use of symbols, and synaesthetic/ Ideasthetic effects (correspondence between words, colors, and music). Their main purpose of their literary works was the pursuit of beauty. Freedom from social and moral functions, the pursuit of beauty, and the emphasis of the individual self in the judgment of taste can be termed as hallmarks of this movement.
Algernon Charles Swinburne
John Addington Symonds
In general, Aestheticism was an anti-Victorian movement that took place in the 19th century. It was based on the foundation that pursuit of beauty and elevation of taste was the main aim of art. It dismissed the notion that art should have a moral or social purpose. It is also associated with decadence and early symbolism.
I must clarify that it is not at all synonymous of beauty or aesthetics, they are related and have things in common but they are not the same. Whatever, I wanted to share it on my blog because it is one of the literary and artistic movements that I like.
See you next time!