Monday, December 8, 2014

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Parallels of Art & Life

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel written by Oscar Wilde in 1891. Dorian Gray is a young, wealthy, handsome man who crosses paths with the artist Basil Hallward. Taking Dorian on as a muse, Basil creates one of his finest portraits out of pure admiration and exultation. Dorian is perplexed by the portrait, which leads him to shun the artwork as it will not reflect his emotions throughout his lifetime. Seeking answers from the artwork, he leads a risqué and vain life in years to come as he falls in love with a performer’s craft, and faces death on his own.

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library has this book in the 800 section, and in the designer reference section Karl Lagerfeld has done his own visual representation of the book entitled a Portrait of Dorian Gray. This photography book is a great way of looking at how Dorian Gray’s life is changed by vanity, art, and age. If you’re interested in British literature and also have a love for fashion designers, I highly recommend looking up the two books to see how they correspond to one another. 

Posted on December 8, 2014 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)