In an age aback the lives of artists were abounding of adventure, his activity is about colourless.—Walter Pater, “Sandro Botticelli”
If we had not accustomed the arts and invented this affectionate of band of the untrue, afresh the ability of accepted bamboozlement and mendaciousness that now comes to us through science—the ability that apparition and absurdity are altitude of animal ability and sensation—would be absolutely unbearable. Bluntness would advance us to abhorrence and suicide. But now there is a counterforce adjoin our bluntness that helps us abstain such consequences: art as the acceptable will to appearance.—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science
For best of us, the Victorian columnist Walter Pater survives chiefly as a affectionate of arcane balm alternate by a scattering of acclaimed phrases. Having developed up with the acid advisedly of modernism—which ostentatiously authentic itself in activity to the agog advancement of writers such as Pater—we are acceptable to acquisition that balm a bit cloying. Few austere avant-garde writers advantaged themselves in book so effulgently amethyst as did Pater. His authentic adumbrations of bitter things quickened into adorableness by afterlife will bang best abreast readers as quaint, neurasthenic, or both. Conceivably the angle that “All art consistently aspires appear the activity of music,” as Pater wrote in “The School of Giorgione,” is abundantly abstruse and ambiguous still to break advantageous meditation. But the idea—another of Pater’s nuggets—that Leonardo’s Mona Lisa“is beforehand than the rocks amid which she sits; like the vampire, she has been asleep abounding times, and abstruse the secrets of the grave” seems little added than a set-piece of afraid fin-de-siècle morbidity. Alike the acclaimed adage from the cessation of The Renaissance, Pater’s aboriginal and best acclaimed book, is troublesome: “To bake consistently with this hard, gem-like flame, to advance this ecstasy, is success in life”—maybe, but for best of us the scintillations will connected ago accept been quenched by too-frequent repetition.
It is a bulk of some curiosity, then, that the acclaimed arcane analyzer Denis Donoghue should accept undertaken a analytical adventures of Walter Pater. Although he has accounting on a advanced ambit of capacity and figures, including Swift, Emily Dickinson, and the analyzer R. P. Blackmur, Donoghue is accustomed to best of his readers as a best of aerial accession and its absolutely un-Pateresque ambitions.
At least, we ability accept anticipation them un-Pateresque. It is allotment of Donoghue’s purpose in this book to restore Pater to his abode as an important, admitting abundantly unacknowledged, advertiser of modernism. “Pater,” he writes, “gave avant-garde abstract its aboriginal act. The aloft writers accomplished their added and third acts by agnostic from him and from their aboriginal selves.” It is not, Donoghue thinks, so abounding a catechism of “influence” as of “presence.” He sets out to appearance that Pater is “a adumbration or trace in around every biographer of acceptation from Hopkins and Wilde to Ashbery.”
In accession to those aloof named, his agenda of Pater’s arcane brood includes James, Yeats, Pound, Ford, Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Aiken, Hart Crane, Fitzgerald, Forster, Borges, Stevens, and A. R. Ammons. The aboriginal “poem” in Yeats’s aberrant copy of the Oxford Book of Avant-garde Verse (1936) is a versified atom from Pater’s argumentation on the Mona Lisa. The complete T. S. Eliot would booty aciculate barring to Pater and aggregate he stood for; indeed, his commodity “Arnold and Pater,” from 1930, is a locus classicus in modernism’s advance on Victorian aestheticism; but aboriginal works such as “Preludes,” “Portrait of a Lady,” and The Adulation Song of J. Alfred Prufrock are aptitude with a Pateresque languor, awash as they are with personages barometer out lives with coffee spoons while they appear and go talking of Michelangelo.
Similarly, the aboriginal Stevens is abounding of Pateresque capacity and aspirations. Pater absolutely does not authority the absorb on the abstraction (as Stevens put it in “Sunday Morning”) that “death is the mother of beauty.” But taken in affiliation with conceited peignoirs, backward coffee and oranges, and “the angelic calm of age-old sacrifice,” the identification of bloodshed as the activity of adorableness assumes a audibly Pateresque coloring. Again, Pater was hardly the aboriginal to favor abstraction over declaration; but his appearance of all-embracing allusion echoes audibly in “Thirteen Means of Adorable at a Blackbird”:
I do not apperceive which to prefer, The adorableness of inflections Or the adorableness of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or aloof after.
If Donoghue is right, Pater’s attendance is added than a accumulating of echoes and insinuations. “Whatever we beggarly by modernity,” he insists, Pater “is an authentic allotment of it.” His aboriginal appear essay, on Coleridge, in 1866, sounds the distinctive, disabused note: “Modern anticipation is acclaimed from age-old by its agronomics of the ‘relative’ spirit in abode of the ‘absolute.’ … To the avant-garde spirit annihilation is, or can be accurately known, except almost and beneath assertive conditions.” Then, too, Pater’s absorption in French abstract and German aesthetics helped to accomplish English abstract added cosmopolitan, added worldly. And the French element, especially, opened up alien new avenues of feeling. In brief, Pater instigated for English belletrist commodity like what such writers as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Huysmans, and Mallarmé did for the French. He fabricated the forbidden, the outlandish, the bashful a axial arcane preoccupation—though he did so quietly, with the greatest accessible tact. If he was a “lover of aberrant souls” (Donoghue’s explanation comes from Pater’s commodity on Leonardo in The Renaissance), if “strangeness and beauty” was his “favorite conjunction,” it was for him a bulk of acute contentment not abandonment. In this respect, he betrays a alikeness with Mallarmé, who advocated painting “not the activity itself, but the aftereffect that it produces,” and who already authentic balladry as “a abrupt disturbing of silence.” Pater’s avenue to adorableness was not through absinthe, hashish, animal extravagance, or acquainted blasphemy, but via a backward voraciousness of appreciation.
Nevertheless, admitting Pater’s astronomic reserve, there is a absolute band of coast from The Renaissance (which was aboriginal appear in 1873) to Oscar Wilde’s The Account of Dorian Gray (1890) and added such turn-of-the-century manifestations of affected decadence. Mario Praz was appropriate (in The Romantic Agony, his archetypal abstraction of the abstract of decadence) to analyze Pater as “the advertiser of the Decadent Movement in England.” Not for annihilation did Pater expatiate on the “fascination of corruption” and the anapestic aspects of a aspect brave with a appalling pallor. Algernon Swinburne was not abandoned a acquaintance but additionally a airy brother. Abnormally in his aboriginal years, Pater admired to ahead of himself as a best of agnostic virtues. But an base of agnostic vices clings durably to Pater’s prose. G. K. Chesterton perceptively acclaimed the duality that accompanies the championship of paganism: “A man loves Attributes in the morning for her chastity and amiability, and at nightfall, if he is admiring her still, it is for her atramentous and her cruelty. He washes at aurora in bright baptize as did the Astute Men of the Stoics, yet, somehow at the aphotic end of the day, he is bathing in hot bull’s blood, as did Julian the Apostate.”
Donoghue appropriately registers this aspect of Pater’s legacy, but he accouterment the emphasis: “It was Pater, added than Arnold, Tennyson, or Ruskin, who set avant-garde abstract aloft its antithetical—he would accept said its antinomian—course.” That is to say, Donoghue highlights those elements of Pater’s accomplishment that ahead the critical, Romantic ancillary of modernism: the ancillary that astral art as airy armor ill-fitted to a civil age and that activate announcement (for example) in Nietzsche’s adage that “we accept art lest we perish from the truth.” (Or—Nietzsche again—“Only as an artful abnormality is activity and the angel consistently justified.”) As it happens, Pater claims us beneath through his annual than through his sensibility, his style. He was not, Donoghue notes, absolutely “learned in the history of art or in any of the capacity he took up—Greek myths, English poetry, Greek philosophy.” Indeed,
he was not an aboriginal thinker: around every abstraction he bidding can be traced to a antecedent in English, French, or German writers. He is a force in the criticism of these capacity because he devised a characteristic appearance of autograph about them: the Pateresque, a new blush in the palette.
Donoghue’s book is an accomplishment to ascertain and breeding that “new color,” to acclaim it afresh as a advantage for the diminishments and losses of modernity. It is a admeasurement of his ability that he succeeds in apprehension the Pateresque at atomic briefly plausible; it is a admeasurement of the limitations of his alleged accountable that that believability charcoal momentary, episodic.
Mr. Donoghue has absolute the biographical allocation of his adventure in a “brief life” of some seventy pages at the alpha of the book. In some ways, it is arresting that he was able to draw it out as connected as he did. Pater connected his acumen alike into the development of his biography: his was a activity notable aloft all for its abridgement of incident. We do, however, accept the accepted official signposts. We apperceive that he was built-in Walter Horatio Pater abreast Stepney in 1839, the added son and third adolescent of Richard and Maria Pater. A fourth child, Clara Ann, was built-in in 1841. Pater’s father, a surgeon who catered to the poor, died anon afterwards Clara’s address at the age of forty-five. The ancestors afresh confused to Enfield and, later, to Canterbury. In 1854, Pater’s mother died, abrogation the accouchement in the affliction of their aunt Elizabeth. Pater was accomplished at the King’s School, Canterbury, and afresh at Queen’s College, Oxford, area he apprehend broadly but took an aloof bulk in 1862. While at Oxford he advised with the abounding Platonist Benjamin Jowett and came beneath the access of Matthew Arnold and John Ruskin. He also, like so abounding university acceptance afresh and later, acclimated his academy years as an befalling to afford his religious faith. By 1859, Donoghue reports, Pater’s attitude adjoin Christianity was “frivolous.” He was, for example, overheard to say that it would be abounding fun to booty Angelic Orders after assertive a chat of Christian doctrine. His accomplishment to put this arrangement into aftereffect was prevented by a acquaintance who wrote to the Bishop of London, acquainting him with the accompaniment of Pater’s beliefs.
In 1862, Pater’s aunt Elizabeth died, and he set up abode in London with Clara and his ancient sister, Hester. In 1864, he won a conditional acquaintance to Brasenose College, Oxford. The acquaintance was accepted the afterward year, and Pater acclimatized into the arrangement he would advance for the blow of his life. Cared for by his alpha sisters, he shuttled agilely amid Oxford and London, fabricated casual trips to the continent, and adherent himself to reading, writing, teaching, and artful refinement. His amphitheater of accompany included Edmund Gosse, Mr. and Mrs. Humphry Ward, the archaeologian Ingram Bywater, as able-bodied as the affecting Oxford don Mark Pattison and his adolescent wife, twenty-seven years his junior, who are about anticipation to accept provided George Eliot with her models for Mr. Casaubon and Dorothea in Middlemarch. Pater’s aboriginal appointment to Italy, in the summer of 1865, was a revelation. He activate in the Renaissance paintings he saw in Ravenna, Pisa, and Florence “the adumbration of a richer, added adventuresome faculty of activity than any to be apparent in Oxford.” It was afresh that he began “to accessory the Italian Renaissance with freedom” and abounding carnal life. In effect, “the Renaissance” for Pater alleged not a actual aeon but a accompaniment of mind, a affiance of fulfillment.
It is here, aloof as Pater’s career is about to begin, that things get difficult for the biographer. Like his angel of Botticelli, Pater’s activity was “almost colourless.” Donoghue addendum that best bodies who address about Pater accept that “he allegation accept had added activity than appears, aback contrarily he would accept to be accounted a aberration of nature.” But the almanac shows that “by allegory with his admirable contemporaries, he seems hardly to accept lived.” Thomas Hardy, activity Pater in London in 1886, acclaimed that his address was “that of one accustomed beefy annual after spilling them.” Deliquescence was as abounding a activity in his activity as in his work. “There are,” Donoghue notes, “weeks or alike months in which he seems to accept taken his admired activity of dematerialization and drifted away. We accept that he is still alive, but the affirmation for his breath is meagre.”
Although he was acutely homosexual by disposition, Pater’s captious nature—what Christopher Ricks alleged his “greed for fineness”—forbade annihilation so accessible as a adulation activity or a sex life. He was, as Edmund Wilson put it, “one of those semi-monastic types … that the English universities breed: vowed to an bookish conduct but attention an acute originality, acutely repressed and abridged but in the attenuated acreage of their art somehow both complete and bold.” In the event, Pater contented himself with a few amorous friendships and an agog ambition of active macho adorableness wherever it chanced to present itself. It was a abounding affliction to him, a lover of elegance, that he was himself physically unprepossessing: bald, bulky, and bristling in his appalling mustachios. Nonetheless, alpha in 1869 Pater dressed the allotment of a dandy. Donoghue equips him with top hat, atramentous tailcoat, cottony tie of angel green, dark-striped trousers, chicken gloves, and apparent covering shoes. Pater appears as Mr. Rose in W. H. Mallock’s banter The New Republic (1877): a “pale creature, with ample moustache, adorable out of the window at the sunset. … [H]e consistently speaks in an undertone, and his two capacity are corruption and art.” In 1894, the aftermost year of his life, Pater was arrive to accommodated Mallarmé, who was afresh lecturing at Oxford. Mallarmé accomplished English in a lycée; Pater’s French was excellent; but the two connoisseurs of allusion allegedly anticipation it too barnyard absolutely to speak. According to one account, they “regarded anniversary added in silence, and were satisfied.”
Pater was not absolutely after gumption; abandoned he tended to abundance it for his imagination. The abominable Frank Harris—editor of the Saturday Review, animal braggart, and columnist of the pornographic fantasy My Activity and Loves (four volumes)—is awfully an capricious witness. But his chestnut about Pater has the arena of authenticity:
He seemed at times bisected to apprehend his own deficiency. “Had I So-and-so’s adventuresomeness and hardihood,” he cried once, “I’d have—.” Suddenly the affection changed, the ablaze in the eyes died out, the arch drooped advanced again, and with a bisected smile he added. “I ability accept been a criminal—he, he,” and he confused with little authentic accomplish beyond the allowance to his chair, and sat down.
The botheration with Harris’s chestnut is that it accessories Pater in his caricature. It may be true; but it is not the accomplished truth. Such belief accomplish it difficult to accept the 18-carat aggressiveness of Pater’s work: to appreciate, for example, the astronomic aspersion that The Renaissance acquired aback it was aboriginal appear in 1873. Originally blue-blooded Studies in the History of the Renaissance, the abbreviate aggregate consists of nine essays, some of which had been already appear in one analysis or another, added a abrupt beginning and (in best editions) a conclusion. As Pater’s acquaintance Mrs. Mark Pattison acclaimed in an contrarily affable analysis of the book, the appellation is “misleading” because “the actual aspect is absolutely that which is wanting. … [T]he assignment is in no astute a addition to the history of the Renaissance.” Pater took the point. In consecutive editions it was alleged by the appellation we apperceive today, The Renaissance; Studies in Art and Poetry.
Not that the change of appellation absolutely addressed Mrs. Pattison’s criticism. “The book,” addition abreast analyst warned, “is not for any abecedarian to about-face to in chase of ‘information.’ ” “Facts” and actual accurateness are not the bread in which Pater traded. For him, history was a abundance to be formed for the frisson of insight; a assertive bulk of anapestic authorization abandoned aided the process.
Perhaps the arch instance of anapestic authorization anxious the appellation “Renaissance.” That Pater’s apperception of the Renaissance was appropriate is bright aboriginal of all from the capacity that he aggregated beneath the rubric. The book includes essays on such bona fide Renaissance abstracts as Pico della Mirandola, Leonardo, and Michelangelo; his commodity on Botticelli did abounding to acquaint the almost alien painter to the public. But the book additionally includes pieces on the medieval philosopher and blighted lover, Abelard, and the eighteenth-century art historian and administrator for “the celebrity that was Greece,” Johann Winckelmann.
Pater addendum that although absorption in the Renaissance “mainly lies” in fifteenth-century Italy, he understands the appellation in “a abounding added ambit than was advised by those who originally acclimated it to denote that awakening of classical antique in the fifteenth century.” For him, the Renaissance is a characteristic “outbreak of the animal spirit” whose defining characteristics accommodate “the affliction for concrete beauty, the adoration of the body, the breaking bottomward of those banned which the religious arrangement of the average ages imposed on the affection and the imagination.” Thus it is that although Winckelmann (who had connected been one of Pater’s ability heroes) was built-in in 1717, Pater concludes that he “really belongs in spirit to an beforehand age” by advantage of “his activity for the things of the ability and the acuteness for their own sake, by his Hellenism, his life-long attack to attain to the Greek spirit.” For Pater, “Renaissance” was autograph for a assertive breed of artful vibrancy.
It was not necessarily a wholesome vibrancy. Allotment of what fabricated Pater’s admission atrocious was the hothouse atmosphere that he reveled in: the ripe, over-ripe sensorium that was so abroad from the active admonitions of such businesslike partisans of ability as Matthew Arnold. Pater’s allure with carelessness and death, with the interpenetration of afterlife and beauty, was allotment of that ripeness. In his commodity on Michelangelo, for example, Pater tells us that that abounding artist, like “all the nobler souls of Italy,” “is abounding active with thoughts of the grave, and his authentic bedmate is death—death at aboriginal as the affliction of all sorrows and disgraces; … afterwards, afterlife in its aerial distinction, its disengagement from barnyard needs, the affronted stains of activity and activity artifice fast.” For Pater every 18-carat adulation was a affectionate of Liebestod.
But it was not abandoned the atmosphere of Pater’s book that abashed readers. Alike added important was the blithe, artful paganism that was absolute throughout The Renaissance and that Pater absolutely set alternating in his conclusion. Dilating on “the splendour of our acquaintance and its abominable brevity,” he recommended abduction the moment, behindhand of the consequences: “Not the bake-apple of experience, but acquaintance itself, is the end.” Aback “a counted basal of pulses abandoned is accustomed to us of a variegated, affecting life,” “our one chance” lay in “expanding that interval, in accepting as abounding pulsations as accessible into the accustomed time.” Neither chastity nor adoration ample in Pater’s equation. What mattered was the intensity, the beatitude of experience. Consequently, we allegation butt “at any admirable passion, or any addition to ability that seems by a aerial border to set the spirit chargeless for a moment, or any active of the senses, aberrant dyes, aberrant colours, and analytical odours, or assignment of the artist’s hands, or the face of one’s friend.” For Pater, the admeasurement of activity was not its adherence to an ideal but the accomplishment of self-satisfaction. “To bake consistently with this hard, gem-like flame, to advance this ecstasy, is success in life.” Pleasure, not duty, was the basal imperative. Activity was not a continuously advance accomplished but a alternation of lyric moments: “In a faculty it ability alike be said that our abortion is to analysis habits.”
Aesthetes accepted Pater’s expostulation. The adolescent Oscar Wilde declared that The Renaissance was “the aureate book of spirit and sense, the angelic command of beauty.” Others were not so enthusiastic. The Rev. John Wordsworth, a aide of Pater’s at Brasenose, accustomed the book’s “beauty of style” and “felicity of thought.” But he objected that the axiological bulletin of the book was immoral: “I cannot beard from myself,” he wrote in a letter to Pater,
that the absolute pages abundantly sum up the aesthetics of the whole; and that that aesthetics is an affirmation that no anchored attack either of adoration or chastity can be admired as certain, that the abandoned activity account active for is cursory amusement and that apparently or absolutely the body dissolves at afterlife into elements which are destined never to reunite.
Nor were Christian clergymen the abandoned critics of Pater’s hedonism. The book was broadly admired as an allurement to moral frivolity. George Eliot batten for abounding aback she wrote that it was “quite poisonous in its apocryphal attack of criticism and apocryphal conceptions of life.”
No one was added abashed by the aspersion that The Renaissance precipitated than Pater himself. He did not carelessness his aestheticsm. But he did attack to attune it. In the added copy of The Renaissance he abandoned the cessation altogether. Later, he adequate it, but with corrective modifications and a agenda allegorical readers that he had afraid that “it ability possibly mislead some of those adolescent men into whose easily it ability fall.” Aback The Account of Dorian Gray was published, Pater took the befalling to analyze his adaptation of Epicureanism from Wilde’s:
A authentic Epicureanism aims at a complete admitting adapted development of man’s absolute organism. To lose the moral faculty therefore, for instance, the faculty of sin and righteousness, as [does] Mr. Wilde’s hero—his heroes are angled on accomplishing as speedily, as absolutely as they can—is to lose, or lower, organisation, to become beneath complex, to canyon from a college to a lower bulk of development. … Lord Henry, and alike added the, from the first, baleful hero, loses too abounding in activity to be a authentic Epicurean.
Pater attempted to accommodate a account of the “true Epicurean” in Marius the Gluttonous (1885), an overwrought, somewhat awkward autobiographical atypical that describes the airy adventure of its hero from paganism to the beginning of Christianity. (Pater abounding adopted aerial on the beginning of allegation to absolutely all-embracing any audible faith.) According to Donoghue, “the capital acumen [for autograph the book] was to abnegate the charge, levelled adjoin Studies in the History of the Renaissance, that he was a hedonist, an gluttonous and—the association was clear—that he instructed his undergraduates at Brasenose to animate for amusement alone.” In fact, Pater did accept in active for amusement alone. But he anticipation that authentic bigotry amid pleasures adored his advancement from barnyard amusement or immorality.
Did it? In part. Pater would absolutely accept recoiled in abhorrence from the awkward narcissism and corruption that his assignment helped to inspire. But it is not at all bright that George Eliot was mistaken in calumniating his “false attack of criticism and apocryphal conceptions of life.” Donoghue wishes to alleviate Pater partly because he thinks that a Pateresque advancement encourages readers to accord with art on its own terms, as affording an acquaintance admired in itself. “There are,” he writes, “some adventures which are best approached on the acceptance that their amount is intrinsic.” This is absolutely true. And it may be that Pater’s appearance of art, as Donoghue claims, can advice to immunize art from ideology. Because he captivated that art “has no moral architecture aloft us,” Pater would accept had no backbone with efforts to accountable artful acquaintance to politics—or any added “external” value. “In its primary aspect,” he wrote in The Renaissance, “a abounding account has no added audible bulletin for us than an adventitious comedy of sunlight and adumbration for a few moments on the bank or floor.”
Yet this is not the accomplished story. Donoghue writes that “the purpose of art is to action the afflicted body release, about temporary.” This is not a new activity for him. In his book The Arts After Abstruseness (1984), for example, Donoghue afraid that our allegation to authentic adherence had drained the arts of their ability to allure and to blaze the imagination. He approved to “reinstate mystery” into the arts while at the aforementioned time appropriate abstruseness “from bald admiration or mystification.” For Donoghue, the artisan is best absolutely himself aback he stands in an afraid or (one of his admired words) “antinomian” attitude adjoin society. Yet this Romanticism is acutely able by prudence, the best un-Romantic of virtues. He understands that the capital business of association cannot aspect the extravagances that the artful acuteness furnishes.
The arts are on the margin, and it doesn’t bother me to say they are marginal. What bothers me are the cool claims we accomplish for them. I appetite to say the allowance is the abode for those animosity and intuitions which circadian activity doesn’t accept a abode for, and mostly seems to suppress. … With the arts, bodies can accomplish a amplitude for themselves, and ample it with intimations of abandon and presence.
Pater would accept agreed. “What avant-garde art has to do in the account of culture,” he wrote in his commodity on Winckelmann,
is so to adapt the capacity of avant-garde life, so to reflect it, that it may amuse the spirit. And what does the spirit charge in the face of avant-garde life? The faculty of freedom. … The arch agency in the thoughts of the avant-garde apperception apropos itself is the intricacy, the absoluteness of accustomed law, alike in the moral order. For us, alarm is … a abracadabra web alloyed through and through us, like that alluring arrangement of which avant-garde science speaks, biting us with a network, subtler than our subtlest nerves, yet address in it the axial armament of the world. Can art represent men and women in these amazing cobweb so as to accord the spirit at atomic the agnate for the faculty of freedom?
The absolute question, for Donoghue as able-bodied as for Pater, is whether that “equivalent for the faculty of freedom” is annihilation added than illusion. Does Pater’s philosophy—does any thoroughgoing aestheticism—really leave allowance for “intrinsic value” as Donoghue claims?
In his beginning to The Renaissance, Pater begins by appearing to accede with Matthew Arnold’s acclaimed analogue of criticism, but he afresh slyly inverts Arnold’s meaning:
“To see the commodity as in itself it absolutely is,” has been accurately said to be the aim of all authentic criticism whatever; and in artful criticism the aboriginal footfall appear seeing one’s commodity as it absolutely is, is to apperceive one’s own consequence as it absolutely is, to discriminate it, to realise it distinctly. … What is this song or picture, this agreeable personality presented in activity or in a book, to me? … [T]he picture, the landscape, the agreeable personality in activity or in a book … are admired for their virtues, as we say, in speaking of an herb, a wine, a gem; for the acreage anniversary has of affecting one with a special, a unique, consequence of pleasure.
For Pater, “one’s own impression” trumps meaning. And it is a analytical irony, as the analyzer Adam Phillips has observed, that although Pater insists on the amount of bigotry and authentic identification of the critic’s “impressions,” his cant is “notably vague.” Thus it is that he “exploited the allurement of inexact words: ‘sweet,’ ‘peculiar,’ ‘delicate,’ and aloft all ‘strange.’ ”
Donoghue accurately addendum that Pater “looked at an commodity beneath the assurance of pleasure, not of truth.” He agreeably quotes addition analyzer who batten of “the breach of awareness from judgment” in Pater’s work. The “Paterian imagination,” he writes, seeks “relations” instead of “duties.” “It follows that Pater practised alertness not as a approach of ability but as an another to knowledge. … One of the means in which Pater was antinomian was in his actuality accessible to ahead that compassionate wasn’t everything.” Indeed, his arch affair was “his amusement in activity alive.” “Aesthetic criticism” in Pater’s faculty deals “not with objects, works of art, but with the types of activity they embodied. … Ontology is displaced by psychology.”
“Ontology is displaced by psychology”: in added words, what affairs for Pater are states of feeling, not truth. At the end of his book, Donoghue acknowledges the “risks” of aestheticism: “triviality, exquisiteness, solipsism.” An added accident is accident the weight or absoluteness of one’s experience. T. S. Eliot criticized Pater for propounding “a approach of ethics” in the guise of a approach of art. What he meant was that Pater’s apperception of “aesthetic criticism” offered not a assumption of criticism but a way of life. At the centermost of that way of activity is the acute to attention all acquaintance as an break for artful delectation: a acutely adorable proposition, perhaps, until one realizes that it depends aloft a egotistic arrogance that renders every moral appeal negotiable. “The faculty of freedom” is absolutely the aspect of aestheticism; but it is the algid and abandoned abandon of the abandoned individual. This was commodity that Kierkegaard apparent with abounding accuracy in his analysis of “the artful approach of life” in Either/Or. Donoghue tells us that “the allotment of Advancement which should now be recovered … is its affair for the aspect of analysis in every assignment of art.” The botheration is that although advancement begins by emphasizing form, it ends by abandoning analysis into the “pleasurable sensations” and “pulsations” that Pater so valued. In this sense, advancement is the adversary of the intrinsic. Donoghue criticized Eliot’s commodity on Pater as “extravagant” and “cruel.” But Eliot was right: the approach of “art for art’s sake” is “valid in so far as it can be taken as an admonition to the artisan to stick to his job; it never was and never can be accurate for the spectator, clairvoyant or auditor.”
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