“There’s too much of me in it.” -Dorian Grey-


I find it particularly interesting that the painter is not interested in showcasing his “masterful” painting when Lord Henry feels that he should absolutely showcase his painting.  The reasoning behind this, he says, is that “there is too much of himself in it.”  I think this means that he has put too much pride and work into this painting to just have it judged and looked at by others who’s points of view of what beautiful is could be drastically different from his and Lord Henry’s.  Maybe many of his other paintings were done solely to be recognized for them or to make money off of them, but in this particular case he has too much of his own satisfaction with the painting riding on it and does not want to open it up to judgement from others to a scale that has no standard; Beauty(and art) have no standard, it’s personal.


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