art for art's sake


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art for art's sake

Art created for the sole purpose of being an artistic expression. Don't interpret this piece as some sort of political statement—it's just art for art's sake.
See also: art, sake

art for art's sake

the idea that a work of art has no purpose beyond itself.
This phrase is the slogan of artists who hold that the chief or only aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist who creates it.
See also: art, sake
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Cyril doesn't appear in the velvet knee-breeches and silk hose that Patience immortalized, but he readily admits his allegiance to the doctrine of art for art's sake and even concedes Baldwin's hit: "I daresay I am all the things you say--vain, and womanish, .
Lacking the elements of the sublime, the Middle Eastern landscape initially emphasized, by contrast and by inherent lack, the inspirational capacity of the European environment; with the art for art's sake movement, the specific stereotypes of the Orient receded from poetic philosophy, leaving artfulness itself a "suppressed" orientalism (155) that depended on an assumed essential affinity between the Orient and art.
Unfortunately, no one seemed to recognize that this self-serving poetry did offer a new kind of survival via the "secret power of colloquial language" and the aesthetics of the "near-to-hand" that Octavio Paz attributed to modernismo's Art for Art's Sake.
In such ancient worlds the idea of art for art's sake or art for visual pleasure was promoted.
I see beyond the art for art's sake seeming heroics, beyond the Paterian self-immolatory flame, hard, gemlike, beyond the temptation to epater le bourgeoisie, 'Beyond the need of weeping', I see the adult view of poor Dowson.
And in "Dickeyville Grotto," about a Wisconsin priest who "built around/[his] plain Wisconsin/redbrick church" a fantastical coral and seashell grotto, Doty appears to celebrate art for art's sake, suggesting that "sly sparkle" is far more important than its "purpose":
Bell-Villada's field of reflection on the vexed questions of art's dealings with money - at the heart of that widely-famed trial - is prefigured in the bet-hedging prolixity of his book's title: Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism, 1790-1990.
That statement is dragged reluctantly from an author who largely denies the production of art for art's sake in ancient Greece.
Bell-Villada's Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life: How Politics and Markets Helped Shape the Ideology and Culture of Aestheticism 1790-1990 is, meanwhile, a book of a very different order than Woodmansee's.
There is a case to be made, an important case to be made, for art for art's sake.
We believe in art for art's sake, in elevating dance into a sphere beyond technique.
Ruskin despised the more abstract paintings of James Whistler, whose works embodied art for art's sake instead of providing morally uplifting messages he found inherent in all good art.
From French <IR> PARNASSIANS </IR> and <IR> SYMBOLISTS </IR> , such as Gautier, Coppee, and Verlaine, came their pessimism and melancholy, their belief in art for art's sake, their zeal for technical excellence and musicality, their love of exotic imagery, and a vocabulary in which abound swans (one of Dario's favorite symbols), peacocks, gems, and palaces.
There was, in fact, considerable controversy in the division between those who believed that art must serve a socially significant cause and those who championed art for art's sake.