Wilde is deservedly remembered as an icon of the nineteenth century for his sublime wit and his singular image; however, that status often obscures his contributions to the Aesthetic Movement. A close examination of his lectures, essays, and his home reveal a man of intellectual rigor, creative spirit, and progressive outlook who influenced the direction of art and interiors at the end of the Victorian era. While even he did not claim complete success for the Aesthetic Movement within his lifetime, Wilde and his colleagues set the stage for the dramatic changes in the visual arts that the modernists asserted in the twentieth century.
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