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Oscar Wilde’s Aesthetics in the Making: The Reviews of the Grosvenor Gallery exhibitions of 1877 and 1879

Abstract : This paper explores the first two texts Wilde published in 1877 and 1879 in Irish periodicals, which are reviews of the first and third exhibitions of the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877 and 1879. Wilde commented on the developments that had been affecting British painting for the past fifteen years or so. He addressed the works of artists who were then associated with the “classic” school of painting as well as with “Aestheticism”—which often overlapped. Moreover, he engaged in a dialogue with the reviewers and art critics who were favourable to such art. It was in such fermenting soil that Wilde’s aesthetics was grounded and this essay proposes in particular to explore the aesthetics of ambivalence and ambiguity which characterized these artworks and which becomes central in these two reviews.
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Anne-Florence Gillard-Estrada. Oscar Wilde’s Aesthetics in the Making: The Reviews of the Grosvenor Gallery exhibitions of 1877 and 1879. Etudes Anglaises, Klincksieck, 2016, 69, pp.36-48. ⟨hal-02092904⟩

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