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Life imitates Art July 28, 2010

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CYRIL. Well, before you read it to me, I should like to ask you a question. What do you mean by saying that life, ‘poor, probable,uninteresting human life,’ will try to reproduce the marvels of art? I can quite understand your objection to art being treated as a mirror. You think it would reduce genius to the position of a cracked looking – glass. But you don’t mean to say that you seriously believe that Life imitates Art, that Life in fact is the mirror, and Art the reality?
VIVIAN. Certainly I do. Paradox though it may seem – and paradoxes are always dangerous things – it is none the less true that Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life….
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life, and I feel sure that if you think seriously about it you will find that it is true. Life holds the mirror up to Art, and either reproduces some strange type imagined by painter or sculptor, or realises in fact what has been dreamed in fiction…

(Oscar Wilde, The Decay Of Lying: An Observation)

‘Moonrise over the Sea’ (1822) by Caspar David Friedrich April 9, 2009

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Nobody definitely would call Caspar David Friedrich the greatest painter of all times, or even of his 19th-century. It is definite, as well, that any criterion of greatness does not exist, except one’s personal taste and preferences.

I would call Caspar David Friedrich one of my favourite painters. And his ‘Moonrise over the Sea‘ is one of my favorite paintings, maybe the most loved one. It depicts a small group of people on the coast of cold northern sea late in the evening. You can imagine that these women and a man are close relatives or friends spending their free time together. It is too dark to read, to late to speak. They left their home and made their way towards the sea. They made themselves comfortable on a boulder and watched the sea, the moon over the sea, sailing ships. Quiet picture of non-existent epoch and old-fashioned way of spending time.

Moonrise over the Sea


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