HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Fin de Siècle
Fin de Siècle
(French for 'end of the century')

During the twentieth century, this referred to the art of the 1890s -- especially the art of aestheticism and Art Nouveau, which is sometimes known as "decadent art." An artist who epitomises this period is Aubrey Beardsley (English, 1872-1898). When used in art criticism fin de siècle often connotes the idea of a style or movement on the decline.

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