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likeafieldmouse:

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

jonilover:

Le peignoir jaune, Armand Rassenfosse(1862-1934, Belgian)

versaillesadness:

Pavillon Amalienburg im Nymphenburg Schloßpark, München, Deutschland.

gallartcom:

Artist Name: Keith Haring

Category: Print/Graphic Art

Title: POP SHOP II

Signed: Signed/Right Side

Size: 12”H x 15”W

Medium: Screenprint/Silkscreen

Style: Pop Art

Subject: Figure

Created: 1988

claudemonet-art:

Flowers on the Banks of Seine near Vetheuil, 1880

Claude Monet

Joan of Arc by Albert Lynch (1851-1912)

engraving from Figaro Illustre magazine, 1903

nataliakoptseva:

Karl Briullov: Diana Endymion and Satyr. 1849

jaded-mandarin:

Alessandro Turchi. Jael and Sisera, 1600.

lionofchaeronea:

Snow Plum and Twin Cranes, Bian Jingzhao, early Ming Dynasty

lionofchaeronea:

Portrait of Paganini, Eugène Delacroix, 1832