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Oscar Wilde And The Picture Of Dorian Gray
Victoria De Almeida
Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
This is my painting of my favorite poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). He was famous for his book, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" in which a beautiful man sits for a portrait and then mourns the fact that he will never be as young and beautiful as he is in his portrait. He then sells his soul so that he will always remain young and the picture will age. I have portrayed Oscar Wilde sitting in front of the portrait of Dorian Gray. I painted the portrait behind him to also symbolize Alfred "Bosie" Douglas, the lover of Oscar Wilde who was the eventual downfall of Wilde's life. Oscar Wilde was sent to prison for 2 years of hard labor for being found out a homosexual. He had wealth, fame, and a beautiful wife and children, and he lost it all. His wife Constance Wilde and his son Cyril are in an antique frame on his lapel. He wears them over his heart (in mirrored view) because he did love his wife and childrden. However, it's the life hanging over his shoulder that overshadowed and overtook him. He wears emerald cufflinks and ring to represent his mother country of Ireland. To date, this has been my favorite painting ! Both Stephen Fry, who played him in the 1997 movie, "Wilde," and his only grandson Merlin Holland (lovely lovely lovely man) have a copy of it. Long live OSCAR!
March 14th, 2012
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