Aesthetic Movement ~ Art History ~ Aestheticism ~ 196 Slides ~ Whistler
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This is a complete, highly visual powerpoint presentation about the Aesthetic Movement in Art History.

Artists in this movement were:
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Albert Joseph Moore
Frederic Leighton
Aubrey Beardsley
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Edward Burne-Jones
John Roddam Spencer Stanhope
George Watts
Abbott Handerson Thayer
William Morris

EXCERPT: Aesthetic Movement

~ late nineteenth century movement that championed pure beauty and ‘art for art’s sake.’
~ visual and sensual qualities of art dominated the practical, moral or narrative.
~ primarily in Britain in the 1870s and 1880s but was picked up by other artists elsewhere
~ covered both fine and applied arts.
~ The painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler was at the forefront of the movement.
~ Movement, and especially Whistler, were influenced by Japanese art and design.
~ William Morris was at the forefront of the applied arts portion of the Movement.
~ “The Aesthetic Movement in England” by critic Walter Hamilton was the primary written resource for the movement.

EXCERPT: James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1834-1904
~ American painter, active during the Gilded Age.
~ although his art was delicate and beautiful, his personality was combative and off-putting
~ found a parallel between painting and music, especially the primacy of tonal harmony in music.
~ explored tones of color as his primary interest in painting.
~ most famous painting is “Whistler's Mother”; his model cancelled so he was forced to use his mother as his model.
~ He saw it as an exercise in painting tones of color. The public didn’t see it that way but rather as an expression about motherhood.
~ Whistler was a temperamental child. His parents used art, got him drawing, to settle him down when he was throwing a fit.
~ By 1858, Whistler was living in London, which became his permanent home. There he painted his first serious work "At the Piano. "
~ His first famous work was "Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl."
~ Whistler had painted it as a simple study in white because of his interest in tones.
~ However, the critics saw in it all sorts of sexual innuendo, giving it meanings Whistler never intended.
~ By 1866, Whistler began painting his Nocturne series, nocturnal paintings—which he termed “moonlights.”
~ These were night scenes over the water, painted at first in blue or light green. The Thames River became a frequent subject.
~ Whistler used highly thinned paint as his ground, with lightly flicked color to suggest ships, lights, and other matter.
~ Whistler developed an equally strong reputation with his etchings.
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