Aestheticism

Supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than socio-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts, this movement was popular in Europe during the 19th century. The Aeshetics wanted artistic freedom, not just from the rules of the classic art academies, but also from the expectations of the public. They felt that their art did not need to fulfill any particular purpose and did not need to satisfy any edifying, utilitarian or moral function. They believed that art need only to be beautiful. Their slogan was "l'art pout l'art", which translates to"art for art's sake" taken from a review written by the French novelist and critic Théophile Gautier.

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