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Book Description London : V&A Publishing Printed in Singapore by C S Graphics, 2011. First UK edition (Large format paperback). The US edition was titled: "The Cult of beauty : the Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900" 28.7cm x 24.8cm x 2.6cm. pp.296 (ending with Bibliography and Index). Beautifully illustrated throughout. just light rubbing to the edges. Press release: "This book "focuses on a period in the nineteenth century when a group of artists, architects and designers found themselves united in the search for a new Beauty. The Aesthetic Movement, as it came to be known, sought nothing less than the creation of a new kind of art, an art freed from outworn establishment ideas and Victorian notions of morality. This was to be "Art for Art's sake" -- art that did not tell stories of make moral points,art that dared simply to offer visual delight and hint at sensuous pleasure. This new and exciting "Cult of Beauty" joined, for a while at least, romantic bohemians such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, along with maverick figures such as James McNeill Whistler and painters of grand classical subjects who belonged to the circle of Frederic Leighton. . The book also reveals how artists' houses, their collections of beautiful things and their extravagant lifestyles became the object of public fascination. the influence of the "Palaces of Art" created by Rossetti and Morris, Lord Leighton and others led to a widespread revolution in architecture and interior decoration. Oscar Wilde made his name promoting the idea of "The House Beautiful" and the styles favoured by Aesthetic designers were among the very first to be widely exploited commercially in Britain." *** Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at the V&A, London, 2 Apr-17 Jul 2011; Muse e d'Orsay, Paris, 12 Sep 2011-15 Jan 2012; de Young Museum, San Francisco, 18 Feb-17 Jun 2012. "From 2 April – 17 July 2011, the V&A’s spring exhibition The Cult of Beauty brought together many of the greatest Aesthetic paintings and finest decorative art of this extraordinary movement. Paintings by Aesthetic artists such as Edward Burne-Jones and James McNeill Whistler were displayed alongside the work of leading designers including William Morris and E. W. Godwin. Assistant Curator, Esmé Whittaker, documented the evolution of the exhibition and offered insights into the objects on display." - See V&A Blog **** Stephen Calloway is Curator of Prints at the V&A. He curated Aubrey Beardsley and edited the accompanying book (V&A 1998). Lynn Federle Orr is Curator in Charge of European Art at the Legion of Honor, showcasing the European collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Seller Inventory # 44737
Book Description V&A, 2012. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 185177629X-2-4
Book Description V & A Publishing, 2011. Wraps. Quarto. 296pp Paperback. As new copy. Seller Inventory # 34893
Book Description V&A, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Used: Like New. Large softcover published in conjunction with 2011-12 exhibits in London, Paris and San Francisco. High gloss covers with fold-out flaps. Appears unused. Beautifully illustrated. V&A, 2011. 296 pages. Seller Inventory # 17046