Posts Tagged ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Nine: Oscar Wilde: Martyr, Saint, and Superhero

Posted by on May 27th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
“The Outcast of one age is the Hero of another.” – Edward Carpenter Martyrs necessarily begin as outlaws. Wilde's trials established him as a criminal, made him a prisoner and an exile — and produced a gay icon.

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Eight: The Tribute Mediocrity Pays to Genius

Posted by on May 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
"Caricature is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius," Oscar Wilde said. But in fact, Wilde had the distinction of being ridiculed by the best. Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Seven: Victorian Cameos

Posted by on May 25th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Dave Sim's Wilde is a sympathetic figure — intelligent, amusing, affectionate and pitiable. He is also physically gross in both senses of the word: he is very fat, and his body is producing symptoms that are undeniably disgusting. As Sim draws him, Wilde's face is so massive and slack that it seems almost to melt onto his shoulders. But the real masterpiece of this book is the haunting, yet strangely noble, portrait of Wilde on the cover. The image shows an open bottle of wine and a near-empty glass in the foreground, ornamental wallpaper in the background. Wilde is in between, almost entirely in shadow. Half of his face — the half away from us — looks tired and gaunt. In the other half we see the outline of a skull.

Melmoth (Cerebus, Volume 6)

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Six: Actor and Image

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part Five: Revealing Corruption

Posted by on May 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Internal illustrations for The Picture of Dorian Gray face challenges similar to those of the cover designs, plus the added need to portray gradual corruption in the painted image.

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

Pictures of Dorian Gray, Images of Oscar Wilde; Part One: The Power of Image

Posted by on May 17th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
oscar_wilde_portraitIn this nine-part essay, I examine various efforts to visually represent Dorian Gray, especially in comics, and I consider the multiple depictions of Wilde in cartoons going back as far as 1882. These two projects have more in common than it might first seem. Wilde was especially interested in the idea of "image"—that is, in visual and narrative presentations of the self. Hence his emphasis on surface, style and physical beauty: but also, his fascination with secrecy, concealment and double lives. These themes, which occupy so prominent a role in Wilde's fiction and drama, were also the dominant notes of his life. And in both spheres he played freely, dangerously, with the distinction between reality and representation, between life and art.