A prominent theme in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, I’ve noticed, is art – the nature of art, the purpose of art, etc. In the preface, Wilde argues that beautiful things are just that – beautiful things, and that people who try to find meaning in them “do so at their peril.” Lord Henry and Basil Hallward both echo this sentiment, essentially arguing that art is art, nothing more, and that “An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.”
So, what do all of you think? Is art meant to “reveal art and conceal the artist”? Is it even possible, or is there always a little bit of the artist in his/her work?