Essay about The Picture Of Dorian Gray

807 Words Oct 10th, 2015 4 Pages
"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." -Oscar Wilde. In a letter response to a young fan of Oscar Wilde 's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde explains his famous words "All art us quite useless." He goes on to profess that a flower is useless in the same way, in how it blossoms for its own joy. All we gain from it is nothing but a moment oh joy to witness its blooming. Wilde stands behind the belief that art is useless because the art itself serves no purpose but to be beautiful. Furthermore that any value we give it is due to “misuse” of the art. The reality is, however, that art does fill a useful purpose, artists create art with value, and beholders receive its value in their own unique perception, and anything that holds value must be useful.
A picture is worth a thousand words; a phrase any one can come to understand when admiring artwork. Artists can contrive their work to be a statement piece, meaning it communicates a meaningful message through its beauty. Take for example the famous creation of artist Salvador Dali- "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)", 1936. The work is a statement piece on the Spanish Civil War. It depicts a horrific monster battling and destroying itself. The message is about how civil war is self-mutilating and destructive to a whole. Dali manages to capture such powerful meaning and insightful thought solely within his…

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