Who were Aesthethes? What was their aim

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By the last years of nineteenth century, the Pre-Raphaelites had begun a movement toward a new concept of beauty, embodied in a colorful, warm and sensuous elaboration of detail.

The Aesthetes called also The Decadents and Fin De Sickles carried this cult of beauty to an extreme. In the exaggeration of his search for, “art for art’s sake” Walter Pater retired to his isolated “ivory tower” and urged for a withdrawal of art from humanity and its “social problems”, is was audacity in art at the time. But in the late years of the century, audacity was a part atmosphere which a young and daring generation breathed. The Aesthetes liked to flout Victorian traditions as openly and flagrantly as possible.

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