6/12/2011

The Cult of Beauty



The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition called “The Cult of Beauty”. It features the work of many artists and designers of the Aesthetic Movement, amongst them Walter Crane who has been a personal favourite of mine since my student days. Peacock feathers, lilies and sunflowers abound, not to mention the very many retail opportunities so when I saw this clothbound facsimile copy of “A Flower Wedding” I had to have it, you understand don’t you?

There were also lilies, sunflowers and peacock feathers to be seen in The Garden Museum, (next door to Lambeth Palace) in floral arrangements and growing in the church garden. The beautiful natural arrangement shown here was actually in the ladies loo. Art for Art’s sake, I am sure the Aesthetes would have approved.

20 comments:

  1. Hi Valerie,
    This looks a lovely exhibition.
    Did you visit The Poetry Of Drawing at the Birmingham Museum?
    It had the most amazing drawings from The Pre raphaelites.

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  2. Your lovely work carries on from such artists Valerie.

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  3. valerie, since i was quite young i've felt most deeply the value of art under any circumstances. my sense of what constitutes art has opened over the intervening years but i find myself drawn to the very beautiful regardless of the age or era or fashion. steven

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  4. Sounds like a great exhibit...thanks for the tip!

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  5. Beautiful looking exhibition. I could do with a V&A trip!

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  6. Exquisite flower arrangement Valerie. Nice to read your blog again I seem to have missed you lately.

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  7. Looks like a wonderful exhibition! I would have to have that book too! Walter Crane remains an inspiration to me.
    xo,
    Heather

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  8. Ooh I do like Walter Crane... If only I wasn't so terrified of travelling to London, there's been some fantastic exhibitions there of late and this is one that sounds well worth the trip...

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  9. Lovely arrangement! And in the ladies' loo yet. Are those oats in there? And I understand the need for the book. How nice to have access to the museum. Lucky, lucky.

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  10. ooh, I've been dying to get to see this exhibition, but haven't had the chance to get down to London recently. It fabulous the the Ats and Craft movement is being celebrated and all those wonderful artist getting the recognition they deserve. Hope you had a wonderful trip? x

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  11. This looks a lovely exhibition. I love Walter Crane's work!

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  12. Looks great! The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, US does a great exhibit every year in the spring called Art in Bloom. They pair painting of flowers with amazing floral arrangements. I've only been a few times but I loved it - like bringing the paintings to life!

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  13. Valerie, thank you for letting us have a glimpse of this V&A exhibit. Gosh, I would love to see it. I cannot tell you how many hours I have spent in that wonderful museum!

    I'll have to take a peek at the the V&A website and see more of that book. Perhaps I can convince my library to spring for a copy.

    When I consider the notion of The Cult of Beauty, I wonder if nowadays the culture's Cult direction might have moved far away from Beauty.

    xo

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  14. This blog provokes more thoughts
    than I can sum up in a short comment.
    But beauty as a cult? Yes!I hope it happens again,soon.

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  15. OOOh i wish i had wings, that is an exhibition i should love to see, i have been a fan since as long as i can remember too. I am excitedly looking forward to a very local upcoming exhibition to be held in Kirkcudbright town hall of "the Glasgow Boys" due to open next month!

    Loved seeing the book mending process, what a fab skill to have. Must be a wonderful feeling to restore a treasure.

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  16. oops, sorry about the repetition, blogger is playing games with my comp today ;-)

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  17. I've just looked up some of the art prints from A Flower Wedding, on the V&A website. One mentions Lily White which is my OH's surname! I think I should get a copy of this book! x

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  19. In the ladies' loo?!
    Good heavens --it should have been in pride of place. I LOVED it --exactly the natural country look I most admire.
    I wish I had been in London longer so I could have seen the V&A exhibition which sounds WONDERFUL.

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  20. How wonderful to be near an exhibit like that. I will have to look up his work in my library, that's about as close as I can get, unless some of his work is in a museum in NYC. I'll look into that too. Cheers Lori

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