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Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones

Dr Jason Edwards Professor David Peters Corbett



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Ashgate Publishing Limited
28 February 2006
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900; Non-graphic art forms; Philosophy: aesthetics
Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism presents the first sustained re-evaluation of the life and work of one of the most acclaimed sculptors of the late-Victorian period. Drawing on important new archival sources, this ground-breaking study challenges the customary assumption that Aestheticism was primarily a literary, painterly or architectural phenomena. Jason Edwards reveals both the diverse ways in which Gilbert's sculptures operated within the context of Aestheticism and also how these works provided a unique and provocative commentary on the history of masculine friendship and eroticism in the period leading up to and beyond the Wilde trials in 1895. Detailed readings are offered of the relationship of Gilbert's work to essays by Pater and Swinburne, poems, plays, and novels by Wilde and W. S. Gilbert, and paintings by Burne-Jones, Leighton, Rossetti, Solomon, Whistler, and Watts. With over 90 illustrations, including key contemporary photographs showing Gilbert's works in their original contexts, this book makes a major contribution to the field of Victorian sculpture studies.
By:   Dr Jason Edwards
Series edited by:   Professor David Peters Corbett
Imprint:   Ashgate Publishing Limited
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm,  Spine: 244mm
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780754608615
ISBN 10:   0754608611
Series:   British Art and Visual Culture since 1750 New Readings
Pages:   291
Publication Date:   28 February 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents: Introduction: Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism; A portrait of the artist as a young aesthete: Perseus Arming (1882) and 'Grosvenor' Aestheticism; Icarus (1884): 'academic' Aestheticism at Leighton and Burlington House; Allegorizing love in fin-de-siecle London: Eros (1886-93) and Piccadilly Aestheticism; The truth of masks: Comedy and Tragedy: 'Sic Vita' (1892); From Cleveland Street to Bruges: the Clarence Memorial Tomb (1892-99); Conclusion: G. F. Watts and the end of Gilbert's Aestheticism, 1899-1903; Bibliography; Index.

Jason Edwards is Lecturer in Art History at the University of York, UK.

Reviews for Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism: Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones

'... [Edwards's] erudition is impressive...Edwards's book is certainly readable, while his patent admiration for a remarkable artist is affecting and infectious. Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism provocatively complements the excellent if more orthodox biographical achievements of Richard Dorment.' The Burlington Magazine

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