Icons of Europe
«.Art for Art’s sake.»
Rembrandt (1606-1669). Picasso (1881-1973). Chopin (1810-1849), Poland. Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901), Italy. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Denmark. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), United Kingdom. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Germany - and Switzerland and the United States, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.

Oscar Wilde (1882), considered by Icons of Europe to have inspired the name of the Oscar statuette of the Academy Award.

The Oscar statuette, designed 1928, presented for the first time in 1929, officially named 'Oscar' in 1939.  Was its name not inspired by Oscar Wilde?Breaking news 2013
The OSCAR statue:

It must be Oscar Wilde!

A new book by Cecilia Jorgensen will explain why the name and design of the famous Academy Award statuette, created by Metro-Goldwin-Mayer in 1928-1929, probably was inspired by Oscar.Wilde.  He was a doctrinaire of the concept «.Art.for.Art’s.sake.», MGM’s official motto.

So far, only anecdotal and revealing suggestions have been put forward, including Louis B. Mayer’s executive secretary exclaiming:  “It looks like King Oscar II of Sweden”.

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Jules Janin 1832
«.Art for Art’s sake.»

The French writer and critic Jules Janin (1804-1874) should be seen as the originator of the concept «.Art for Art’s sake.» that he articulated in an article on Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique in Journal des Débats on 1.October 1832:  "... l'art pour l'art en lui-même et sans trop s'inquéter des susceptibilités de la critique".¹

Some sources credit Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) and others for being the first to write or adopt the phrase "L'art pour l'art".  However, they cite Poe 1850 as an example, and Gautier only published the "doctrine" in editions of his journal L'Artiste since 1856.

¹ Jules Janin wrote an obituary notice in Journal des Débats on Chopin (cited by Frederick Niecks, 1888).

Oscar Wilde on Art

Oscar Wilde's essays The Decay of Lying (1889) and
The Critic As Artist (1890) as well as his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)¹ discuss the meaning of Art.  For.example:

- "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life"
- "Art does not hurt us"
- "Music is a perfect type of art"
- "Music can never reveal its ultimate secret"
- "It is through art, and art only, that we can ...."
- "The aim of art is simply to create a mood"
- "Art does not address herself to specialists"

¹ "It inevitably suggests Oscar Wilde ...".

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Oscar of the Academy Award clutching a sword.The Oscar clutching a
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Oscar Wilde holding a sword cane (1882), which appears to be reflected in the design of The Oscar statuette (1928).Oscar Wilde holding a
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Oscar Wilde with a buttonhole decoration resembling a distinguished order.Twitter

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Oscar Wilde: Icon of the arts
Oscar Wilde / Chopin

"After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own."

The Critic As Artist, 1890
Chopin - a section cut from Delacroix' double-portrait of Chopin and George Sand (at Louvre).Book:  Chopin and The.Swedish Nightingale
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