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An Infelicitous Question

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Description: An Infelicitous Question
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Description: Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
The taint of trade represented only one among a family of strains powerful enough to corrupt American art and culture in the waning years of the nineteenth century. Aestheticism, or art for art’s sake, was equally virulent, and so dangerous that it incited an all-out campaign against any art, in any medium, that rejected the conventions of morality, legibility, and imitation of nature while worshipping at the shrine of incandescent, sensuous beauty. However ravishing, such beauty was really only …
PublisherYale University Press
Related print edition pages: pp.79-119
https://doi.org/10.37862/aaeportal.00068.006

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