The more the public is interested in artists, the less it is interested in art.
The aim of art is no more to give pleasure than to give pain.
The work of art is to dominate the spectator – the spectator is not to dominate art.
When a work of art is produced on stage, what is being tested is not the art, but the stage.
All words by Oscar Wilde, from a 19th Century La Gazette edition.
Sketch drawing by Julia Selin