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aesthetic movement

Originating in England, the Aesthetic movement was collaboration of new ideas and influences that affected all facets of the decorative arts. There was an enthusiasm for craftsmanship, and natural materials as well as a passion for ornament and eclecticism. With an increase in trade and travel there was a growing interest in a variety of exotic styles from the Far East and Japan resulting in use of new materials and colors. Figures like Christopher Dresser, an English botanist, were fascinated with the natural world and promoted a new synthesis of Western and Eastern ideals. Although the Aesthetic Movement evolved into two significant styles, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts, the ideals continued into to the early twentieth century. 

 
aesthetic movement