Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A note from Oscar Wilde

This cheered me up ...  


Oscar Wilde’s letter to an Oxford student on the uselessness of art:

My dear Sir 
Art is useless because its aim is simply to create a mood. It is not meant to instruct, or to influence action in any way. It is superbly sterile, and the note of its pleasure is sterility. If the contemplation of a work of art is followed by activity of any kind, the work is either of a very second-rate order, or the spectator has failed to realise the complete artistic impression. 

A work of art is useless as a flower is useless. A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it. That is all that is to be said about our relations to flowers. Of course man may sell the flower, and so make it useful to him, but this has nothing to do with the flower. It is not part of its essence. It is accidental. It is a misuse. All this is I fear very obscure. But the subject is a long one.

Truly yours,
Oscar Wilde

outfit details:
Oxford button up shirt - Uniqlo
pants - Uniqlo
headband & neck thing - diy with pompoms, feathers, and a bath puff.

I'm not sure what he means when he says that art is sterile.  Or when he says that something is off if it makes you want to take any kind of action...?!  But I do like the overall gist of it and the 2nd paragraph.   It's something to remember.  A flower is pretty cliche and redundant but you never really get tired of looking at one, even if it's the most commonest of all flowers.  Even if your brain doesn't realize it, the eyes are still happy to see it.  Maybe there's an exception to this.  I'll have to pay attention to when and if the sight of a flower ever annoys me haha.
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