The picture of Dorian Gray



What can one think about the word ‘art’? Oxford defines it as “the expression of creative skill through a visual medium such as painting or sculpture.” Another definition describes it as “creation by human endeavor rather than by nature.” Through his book ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’, Oscar Wilde advocates art to be just art and nothing more. According to him the viewer should never relate it with morality, education, spirituality, reality, sensuality or just anything. In other words art is either creative or not- creative and not biased upon a convention/judgment. However, basic human nature is to relate the picture/painting with feelings or judgments based upon personal beliefs, society and past experience. Lord Henry’s pleasure seeking ideology adds a new dimension to Shakespeare’s quotation “To be or not to be”- to be or not to be or to be both…. It builds upon an individual to resolve himself into components and to be each of the components fully at a particular time instant or, walking on two paths at the same time and covering same distance on both paths simultaneously. According to me this theory of hedonism by Lord Henry a person is analogous to being innocent and the culprit or, debauched and abstinent at the same time. It opposes having one choice and proposes having two choices at the same time with equal devotion towards each which according to me is impossible for a human.

One Response to “The picture of Dorian Gray”

  1. evane33 Says:

    It is very interesting isn’t it? Art is just art. I think it is hard, though, to not relate art to spirituality, reality, and sensuality. I guess I consider film an art, and I guess art is in the eye of the beholder (according to Wilde), so thinking of all the movies I have seen, I can’t think of a film that did not have some sort of reality/sensuality/and/or spirtuality associated with it.

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