The Aesthetic Movement

Aesthetic Painting
Aesthetic Painting

The Aesthetic Movement

The aesthetic movement was an Anti-Victorian reaction that occurred in the late Victorian period (1868-1901), which emphasized aesthetic values over moral or social sentiments regarding art and literature. (Nguyen). The essence of the aesthetic movement lies within the definition and perception of beauty. (Nguyen). An aesthetic philosophy central to the movement, the immediacy thesis, delineates beauty as a perception that is not influenced by inferences from principles of concepts, but rather as a taste perceived through the immediacy and straightforwardness of any other sensory function. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). This is essentially the idea that we do not reason and assess the quality of beauty, but instead taste it. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). Key figures of the movement sought to facilitate the rejuvenation of societal beauty that was tarnished in the vigorous progression of industry during the industrial revolution. (Nguyen). This high regard for beauty is palpably discernable in aesthetic art and literature. (Keats). John Keats’ “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy forever” summarizes aesthetic sentiments regarding beauty. (Keats). From the following excerpt from this poem, one can deduce the distinct presence of the importance of beauty. “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:/Its loveliness increases; it will never/Pass into nothingness.” (Keats). The aesthetic movement was a revolutionary period; it challenged our perceptions and value of beauty.

Works Cited

Primary Sources
Keats, John. The Literature Network. 2005. 4 February 2011 <>.
Secondary Sources
Nguyen, Linh. The 19th Century Aesthetic Movement. 2002. 4 February 2011 <>.
Tertiary Sources
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Concept of The Aesthetic . 2009. 4 February 2011 <>.

Links General overview Information on aesthetic painters Information on aesthetic antiques Aesthetic architecture Good site with links to pictures of aesthetic art from the Victorian Period.

Modern link Shows aesthetic elements of conceptual art

There is a good amount of information, but because all of the sentences are cited, it seems like you haven't really paraphrased what the sources have said and are basically taking it from the text. It might be better for you to put these sentences into your own words or - if you already have and you've just listed the sources for good measure - remove the citations from the sentences without quotes. Also, there is no picture and the main paragraph is 220 words long, which is over the 200 word limit. You have chosen some good sources and your links provide insight into the different key aspects of the aesthetic movement. I do not understand what you mean by anti-Victorian reaction; you might need to rephrase that part. It also might be a good idea - if you have room - to mention the names of some famous aesthetic movement artists. Overall, it is well done; the paragraph just needs to be rephrased and polished.
Tessa Baker

I thought that this was really well done. It was a very good summary of the movement, however I would have added a few more pictures because the movement was all about aesthetic beauty, and it would help the reader get an idea of the type of art during the movement while keeping within the word limit. I really liked how you added a poem referencing the movement towards the end of the paragraph, it gave me a sense of how highly regarded beauty was at the time and how the expressed it.
Nick and Brennan