Einstein sat for a bust by Arthur Lowenthal. Berlin 1930. Photo: NYTimes.

Does Life Imitate Art or Art Imitate Life?

Regia Marinho

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I’ll leave you to decide.

This image shows that art imitates life…

But before I have to say a thing or two.

Life is art. Art is life.

It’s kind of fun to think about it.

Sometimes art imitates life, sometimes life imitates art.

One is the mirror of the other? I think so.

Oscar Wilde wrote in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, is about how art affects the way we look at the world around us.

Oscar Wilde affirms that 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.

“Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.

Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, and playwright was an advocate for the theory of anti-mimesis.

  • Art never expresses anything but itself.
  • All bad art comes from returning to Life and Nature and elevating them into ideals.
  • Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. It follows as a corollary that external Nature also imitates Art.
  • Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things is the proper aim of Art.

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.

“The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.” -Seneca.

I believe that there is a lot of examples of life imitating art and vice versa. Both art and life are subjective to the same values and senses.

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Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer. https://regiaart.com