ah sunflower, weary of time....
however, that is where any clarity ends. it gets so wonderfully complicated, lawsuits, people going mad, others being shipped off to america to promote work that is critical of themselves...!
numerous people: wilde, as well as ruskin, whistler (and more to come about them), and many more both considered themselves as 'aesthetes,' standing by the movement's creed of 'art for art's sake,' while at the same exact time savaging other artists for saying that they were doing exactly the same thing.
i'll get this sorted out at some point and do my best to lay it out here, but now i just read,
shake my head, and decide perhaps i need a nap.
a wonderful book for all of this is 'the aesthetic movement' by lionel lambourne, whose most recent book is on japonisme.
and a very interesting website on design which includes and encompasses this era is katsclass.