Life imitates art

Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position that holds the direct opposite of Aristotelian mimesis. Its most notable proponent is Oscar Wilde, who opined in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". In the essay, written as a Platonic dialogue, Wilde holds that anti-mimesis "results not merely from Life's imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realise that energy." What is found in life and nature is not what is really there, but is that which artists have taught people to find there, through art. As in an example posited by Wilde, although there has been fog in London for centuries, one notices the beauty and wonder of the fog because "poets and painters have taught the loveliness of such effects...They did not exist till Art had invented them." At Alfred Sküll you can find original art work by artists like Alex Claude, Allen A. Dutton, Bengt Lindström, Bernard Pras, Bert Vredegoor, Conor Masterson, Corrie Riedstra, Dennis Morris, Emma Wildfang, Espen Hagen, Fernando Spano, Frederic Belaubre, Gerard Brussee, Hans van der Linde, Henny Gusta van den Berg, Herman Brood, Irene Van Den bos, Jac Gijzen, Jacques Slegers, Johanan Herson, Jos van der Sommen, Laurence Jordan, Leon Tebbe, Luc Van Malderen, Luis Filcer, Maurits Verbist, Max Selen, Paolo Ambrosio, Paul Rebeyrolle, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Pavel Kuragin, Peter Jordaan, Roberto Ardovino, Roger Wittevrongel, Sam Middleton, Shila Oringer, Shinkichi Tajiri, Sol LeWitt and Thomas Pramhas.

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