“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“Dreams” 1894 by Aubrey Beardsley (1872 – 1898)
“Poor Aubrey: I hope he will get all right. He brought a strangely new personality to English art, and was a master in his way of fantastic grace, and the charm of the unreal. His muse had moods of terrible laughter. Behind his grotesques there seemed to lurk some curious philosophy…”
— Oscar Wilde (The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde)
“A kiss may ruin a human life”
Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic
Le Baiser, 1886
Auguste Toulmouche (September 21, 1829 – October 16, 1890) was a French Painter.
He studied with Charles Gleyre and is known mainly for his portraits of Parisian women; Emile Zola spoke of “Toulmouche’s delicious dolls.”
He was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.