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Territorial Patterns II

2019

However, I do not wish to dwell any further upon individual instances. Personal experience is a most vicious and limited circle. 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. Scientifically speaking, the basis of life – the energy of life, as Aristotle would call it – is simply the desire for expression, and Art is always presenting various forms through which this expression can be attained. Life seizes on them and uses them, even if they be to her own hurt. Young men have committed suicide because Rolla did so, have died by their own hand because by his own hand Werther died. Think of what we owe to the imitation of Christ, of what we owe to the imitation of Caesar.

Territorial Patterns II
Utah, USA - Print I
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Utah, USA - Print II
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Washington, USA - Print III
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Alberta, Canada - Print IV
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Alberta, Canada - Print V
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Alberta, Canada - Print VI

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Location: North America

Text: Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying, 1889


Posted: June 2019
Category: Research