Aestheticism in The Picture of Dorian Gray
– Aestheticism was a popular dogma in the late 1800s that centered on the belief that art should exist for beauty alone. This doctrine is defined as an “exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters” and “the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary” (“Aestheticism,” def. 1 and 2). In Oscar Wilde’s sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, aestheticism is a fashionable belief accepted by society at the time….
Aestheticism in the Writing of Oscar Wilde
– First published as pop-culture in Lippincott’s Magazine, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray sparked immediate controversy with its Victorian critics (Introduction xvi-xviii). The Victorian Era, named so for the reign of British Queen Victoria, was tantamount to exacting moral principles – media, households and government were consumed by pious platitudes. During this time, anything suggestive of sex – literal or allegorical – was stringently suppressed; women were to be covered up to the chin, out to the hands, and down to the ankles, likewise, piano and table legs were covered to the floor….
Decadence and Aestheticism
– Decadence and Aestheticism Many may wonder if the era of the 1890’s was the beginning, end, or change of a new age. The era can often be described as modern, advanced, and different. Many people were experimenting, inventing, and trying new things. Decadence and Aestheticism arose. Decadence emerged as a dark side of Romanticism in that it involved forbidden experiences. Decadence was referred to as moral, social, and artistic. As Beckson says, “The dark side of Romanticism derived from Poe and other writers who defined it as strangers united with beauty”(Page 40)….
Cosmetology and Galmour Failure
– The fashion of elaborating the glamor of others may seem insignificant to some but for those in the course of pondering the cosmetology industry hold great gratification in the task they intend to achieve. Hair stylist and nail technicians improve the way people appear and feel to exede self confidence; cosmetologist strive to do the best they can to achieve the look that their client desires. However, these techniques must be taught thoroughly and without the proper guidance, the upcoming cosmetologist may feel behind and hesitant about their abilities when performing on clients….
Abstract Aestheticism in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
– 19th century England was entrenched in the idea that art could be used as not only a method of expression, but also one of social advancement. With this idea at its forefront, art suddenly inundated places where art was never previously found, such as social education and morality. In contrast, Oscar Wilde was a key advocate of an idea known aestheticism, a concept that relied on art simply being art. Oscar Wilde played a major role in Victorian England, having a major influence through his writing…. ;