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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)

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Heart’s desire June 18, 2009

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Desire

Heraclitus, quoted by Bertrand Russell (in “History of Western Philosophy”), was very serious saying that

“It is hard to fight with one’s heart’s desire. Whatever it wishes to get, it purchases at the cost of soul. … It is not good for men to get all that they wish to get.”

George Bernard Shaw (in “Man and Superman” (1903), act 4) responded that

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.

P.S. Visit Pino Daeni’s Art Collections (see also Progressive Art Media – Pino Page, Pino – Pino Daeni. LiveInternet)