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'

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The painter and the connoisseur
c.1565, self-portrait.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder


Flemish renaissance painter
and printmaker

Hunters in the snow, February, 1565

The census at Bethlehem, 1566
oil on wood panel
Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium


Winter landscape with a bird trap, 1565
Kunsthistrisches Museum, Vienna


The Massacre of the Innocents, 1565-67

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