Oscar Wilde “The Decay of Lying” Type your responses to the following prompts:
Wilde states, “Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us.” In what ways is nature our creation?
How does Wilde’s comment that “At other times it [art] entirely anticipates its age, and produces in one century work that it takes another century to understand, to appreciate and to enjoy” relate to the expression “an artist ahead of his/her time”? Can you think of any artists past or present who fit this description?
Why might “lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things,” be the aim of Art?