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Director's Talk- Oscar Wilde: The Critic and his Artists


The endlessly fascinating Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, was connected to a glittering circle of artists including such friends as Toulouse-Lautrec (who painted his portrait on the eve of his legal demise), the Pre-Raphaelites including Burne-Jones, Morris and Millais, Whistler and Sargent (his neighbors on Tite Street in London’s Chelsea), and the naughty prodigy Aubrey Beardsley. When he aimed his legendary wit at the painters he never missed: “Mr. Whistler always spelt art, and I believe still spells it, with a capital ‘I.’” Advanced registration requested.