O.Wilde, Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. (...)
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.
They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. (...)

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. (...)
All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself...

O. Wilde (1854-1900),
Preface to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thomas Sully

Thomas Sully in 1869

Thomas Sully                        

1783 - 1872

Famous English-born
American portrait painter

‘The portrait… was that of a young girl.
It was a mere head and shoulders… much in the style of the favourite heads of Sully.
The arms, the bosom, and even the ends of the radiant hair,
melted imperceptibly into the vague yet deep shadow
  which formed the background of the whole.’

                                        ‘The Oval Portrait’, E.A. Poe

'Self-portrait of the artist painting his wife'
(Sarah Annis Sully),
oil on canvas, ca. 1810

'A life study of the Marquis de Lafayette'
oil on canvas, ca. 1824-1825

Portrait of Andrew Jackson
7th President of the United States (1829-1837)
used for the United States' $ 20 dollar bill
from 1828 onward

'Gypsy Maiden',
watercolor on paper, ca. 1839

'Cinderella at the kitchen fire',

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