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Baudelaire, Charles 

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists

Ian Chilvers

(b Paris, 9 Apr. 1821; d Paris, 31 Aug. 1867).French poet and critic. As well as being a major poet, Baudelaire was one of the liveliest art critics of his day, passionate and partisan in his views. He thought that there are no universal aesthetic standards, but a different type of beauty for different peoples and cultures. Moreover, the individuality of the artist is essential to the creation of beauty and if it is suppressed or regimented, art becomes banal: ‘the beautiful is always bizarre’, he wrote in ... ...

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