“The moment Art surrenders it’s imaginative medium, it surrenders everything. As a method Realism is a complete failure, and the two things that every artist should avoid are modern it of form and modernity of subjectmatter. To us, who live in the nineteenth century, any century is a suitable subject for art except our own. The only beautiful things are the things that do not concern us.”
Wilde, Oscar. “The Decay of Lying.” archive.org/stream/intentionsdecayo00wild. April 2008. September 2014.
This passage stuck out because, throughout much of this passage, I found Vivian annoying until the connection is made that imagination and lying are synonymous. Art is a product of human imagination and it takes some truth bending to accomplish that.