Definition of aestheticism in English:


(US estheticism)


  • [mass noun] An approach to art exemplified by the Aesthetic Movement.

    • ‘One represents the aestheticism of the academy, the other the avant-garde faith in innovation and progression.’
    • ‘Though not much stressed in the catalogue's writings, Dickinson's pronounced estheticism is key to his sensibility.’
    • ‘Such concerns are part of Forster's rehabilitation of certain aspects of aestheticism that he believes have ‘eternal importance’.’
    • ‘A second side to aestheticism in painting was the recovery of classicism, but now in sensual or symbolic guise.’
    • ‘There is, one might observe, truth in the aesthetic, but truth defined by the aesthetic easily descends into sickly aestheticism.’
    • ‘In the spirit of romantic aestheticism, beauty in the natural environment was seen to inspire enlightenment through cultural expression.’
    • ‘Balthus's paintings aim at a classical order and refined estheticism, yet within this timelessness lurk subliminal tensions.’
    • ‘When we are done, we will have a purer English, free of all nasty things like metaphor and simile and aestheticism and colour.’
    • ‘When I argue that your connoisseurship or aestheticism are suspect, it does not mean our field is in disarray.’
    • ‘Work by these artists connects back to a world where the image had not yet been fed into the dialectical machinery of aestheticism.’
    • ‘Shanghai as China's first metropolis, nurtured a unique hybrid culture, combining Chinese with Westernized aestheticism.’
    • ‘Elsewhere I have described this view as ‘rule aestheticism.’’
    • ‘Combining documentation with the aestheticism of abstract colour, the work transfigures even the drabbest residential blocks.’
    • ‘These artists overcome conceptualism in the same way that the image overcomes aestheticism, or that ‘anthropology’ overcomes ‘theory.’’
    • ‘Yet he does see politically engaged art as a partial corrective to the bankrupt aestheticism of much mainstream art.’
    • ‘Modernism could tolerate neither Coleman's aestheticism nor his nostalgia.’
    • ‘Wilde's remarkable essay exemplified the links between aestheticism and individualist socialism.’
    • ‘Yet, in its disavowal of pure estheticism and visual idealization, Lee's work seems more American than Korean.’
    • ‘When aiming for this ideal, goodness does not mean aestheticism, nor does knighthood mean adultery.’
    • ‘The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony.’
    discernment, judgement, perception, perceptiveness, perspicacity, acumen, astuteness, shrewdness, judiciousness, insight, subtlety
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