Hand printed on custom stock, this poster features a classic quotation from English essayist and literary critic Walter Pater.
The principles of what would be known as the Aesthetic Movement were partly traceable to him, and his effect was particularly felt on one of the movement’s leading proponents, Oscar Wilde, who paid tribute to him in The Critic as Artist (1891). Among art critics influenced by Pater were Bernard Berenson, Roger Fry, Kenneth Clark and Richard Wollheim. In literature some of the early Modernists such as Marcel Proust, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens admired his writing”; and Pater’s influence can be traced in the subjective, stream-of-consciousness novels of the early 20th century. In literary criticism, Pater’s emphasis on subjectivity and on the autonomy of the reader helped prepare the way for the revolutionary approaches to literary studies of the modern era. Among ordinary readers, idealists have found, and always will find inspiration in his desire “to burn always with this hard, gemlike flame”, in his pursuit of the “highest quality” in “moments as they pass”.