"The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900" opens at the Legion of Honor

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860–1900, on view at the Legion of Honor, is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets, through the achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home. Over 180 superb artworks on view express the manifold ways that avant-garde attitudes permeated Victorian material culture: the traditional high art of painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decoration, handmade and manufactured furnishings for the “artistic” home, art photography and new modes of dress. The exhibition was previously on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Legion of Honor is the exclusive U.S. venue. British Aestheticism