Oscar Wilde Preface Assignment
I choose the painting GOOD vs. EVIL by Abraaolucas. Oscar Wilde wrote, “Those who find a beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.” I completely agree with that opinion. In the painting the dog looks vicious, his jaws completely open ready to pounce. His eyes look fixed on his next meal, a tiny mouse. Nothing about the dog looks kind or gentle. It would be easy to assume that the dog plans to eat the small mouse. I choose not to look at this piece of art that way. Perhaps the dog is simply cold and tired of being in the rain. Maybe they are best friends and he forgot his umbrella and the mouse is sharing with him. If you look at this art and assume the worst-case scenario it is easy to find hopelessness in this painting. If, on the other hand, you go in with an open mind and heart you can draw your own conclusions. I choose to believe that the dog and mouse are friends.
The dog yells, screams and shouts when things do not go his way and his long-suffering friend mouse simply puts up with it, because they're buddies, and well frankly what can you do? Looking at the painting artistically you cannot help but notice the incredible details. The artist portrays the warm kindness from mouse’s eyes. The ridiculously small umbrella meant to save his dear friend from the cold. The way the light shimmers off the individual raindrops. It looks like they are in an alley and the light source from above shines directly on the top of the dog head illuminating the incredible details of his snout and nose. I believe Oscar Wilde is trying to say in his preface that if you go in with preconceived notions of what something should be you haven’t taken the time to appreciate the art involved in creating it in the first place. I choose to find a beautiful meaning in this beautiful piece of art.