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Thread: The Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

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    The Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Preface is a defense of Aestheticism as well as an introduction to the 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.

    "The artist is the creator of beautiful things."
    " We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
    All art is quite useless."

    The great debate in the Victorian period was; is the object of Art the creation of Beauty, or is it social reform?
    Any thoughts? Please vote and share your ideas. Thanks
    Last edited by chevalierdelame; 04-30-2014 at 01:28 AM.
    The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
    -Sydney J. Harris

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    I voted art for art's sake, but it's probably the wrong answer. I'm not politically minded, so social reform isn't very interesting. I do think art could be a way to personal reform.

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    Thanks for voting.
    It's not the wrong answer, as far as I am concerned. Trying to reform society (or politics) most of the time ends up in the artist taking a side.
    Art as a way to personal reform, would you mind explaining?
    Thanks
    The primary purpose of a liberal education is to make one's mind a pleasant place in which to spend one's leisure.
    -Sydney J. Harris

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