wilde/james (aa)

(posted by AG for AA)

“Certainly not! Art never expresses anything but itself. This is the principle of my new a æsthetics; and it is this, more than that vital connection between form and substance, on which Mr. Pater dwells, that makes music the type of all the arts.”
Oscar Wilde, “The Decay of Lying,” in Intentions (New York: Bretano’s, 1905)

Notes: Art from within, aesthetics, form and substance, Non Representational Art.

“One can speak best from one’s own taste, and I may therefore venture to say that the air of reality (solidity of specification) seems to me to be the supreme virtue of a novel–the merit on which all its other merits (including that conscious moral purpose of which Mr. Besant speaks) helplessly and submissively depend.”
James, Henry. “The Art of Fiction.” In Partial Portraits. New York: Macmillan, 1894.
Notes: Realism, Art representing the times, Henry James

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