February 22, 2005

"The Decay of Lying"

In Wilde's passage, "The Decay of Lying," it states that "Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life...And it has always been so."

Of course life will imitate art better than art imitates life! Life is our reality, but the art that is created are our ideas about the reality. Art will have some flaws or different approaches to view life, but life is ever-changing and flexible to every possible view that an artist may draw. I know I may be confusing you (I am somewhat confusing myself), but I cannot find the right words at this moment.

Let me give an example. An artist draws a picture of a tree. Life can easily immitate that tree. Life does not say, "Oh there's a new painting of a tree, I have to grow one exactly like this." Life probably already has a tree in this worls that is similar to the painting (well, as long as they didn't paint the tree a blue color or something). Don't let me confuse you, I am starting to disagree with what I am writing. Oh no, I am contradicting myself...

I do not understand how life imitates art. Do the people imitate the art in reality? Do they make they painting real? Or is it just a figure of speech? At first I thought this saying would be easy to explain in my own words, but now I am struggling.

Wilde states, "But these things merely produce health; they do not produce beauty."

Well, who said that health was not a form of beauty. Being in good health has to be beautiful in some way. I disagree that art is required to make health into a beautiful thing. Health could be beautiful in reality.

I agree that "Life is Art's best," because if it was not for life, art would not exist, (and neither would I).

Posted by Anne Stadler at February 22, 2005 08:45 PM | TrackBack

I think what he's trying to get at is that people try and imitate what they see in art. For instance, if someone sees a beautiful woman they will try and make themselves look like that beautiful woman. If someone sees a hideous woman, they won't try and imitate the beauty.

I think.

Posted by: Johanna at February 24, 2005 03:26 PM
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