Art, the Artist and Ethics in Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray

European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Title Art, the Artist and Ethics in Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray
Creator Frleta, Zrinka
Description This paper examines ideological and philosophical premises of aestheticism, presented in Wilde's critical essays (The Critic as Artist and The Decay of Lying), and epigrams in the preface to the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which both offer a philosophical context to the novel. Aestheticism emphasized that art can not be subordinated to moral, social, religious and didactic goals, because its ultimate goal is art itself, l'art pour l'art (art for art's sake). „Art never expresses anything but itself.“ „All bad art comes from returning to Life and Nature, and elevating them into ideals.“ „Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.“ „Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.“ (Wilde, 1891). The relations between art and reality (concealment of reality) and art and ethics (an ethical function of art) have been explored through the interaction of the characters of Basil Hallward and Sibyl Vane with Dorian Gray. The paper also examines the role of the artist, his morality in the process of creating and experiencing the work, and the influence of the work of art on the artist himself/herself.
Publisher EUSER
Date 2017-10-06
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Source European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies; Vol 3 No 4 (2017): EJIS September December 2017; 18-21
Language eng

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