Oscar Wilde’s Take on The Bible

Tags: Bible / oscar wilde / profundis
Oscar WIlde Profundis Art Portrait

I painted this painting at the same time I was reading Oscar Wilde’s Profundis. It’s a set of letters Oscar wrote while he was in prison at the end of his life. There’s a Bible in his cell and he shares his thoughts on it. Reading the Profundis inspired this painting and the way I look at it.

Here are some parts that specially resonated with me during painting:

“Those whom he [Christ] saved from their sins are saved simply for beautiful moments in their lives.

All that Christ says to us by the way of a little warning is that every moment should be beautiful, that the soul should always be ready for the coming of the bridegroom, always waiting for the voice of the lover.

He sees all the lovely influences of life as modes of light: the imagination itself is the world of light. The world is made by it, and yet the world cannot understand it: that is because the imagination is simply a manifestation of love, and it is love and the capacity for it that distinguishes one human being from another.”

You can read more about what Wilde wrote here.
And you can find the painting/print here.