Life Imitates Art ….

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life” – Oscar Wilde

These photos were taken in the European Art section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC last year.  I’m afraid I don’t know the titles of the originals. I didn’t wish to get between the piece and the artist to read the tags – and I’m not smart enough to know them otherwise.

I was absolutely taken with the process of reproduction as I’d never seen it done before.  Being nosey, I was able to speak a little bit with the artists to get permission to take these iPhone photos.  The artist responsible for the second painting was happy for me to take a photo, but she didn’t want to be included.  

Back to Oscar Wilde.  If you are looking for a witty quote, he’s your man.  I sometimes read them for pure enjoyment. But that always leads to reflection. I haven’t struck one yet that doesn’t completely resonate.  With that in mind, here’s another quote of his …. to close this post:

“No great artist sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist” – Oscar Wilde

WPC – Life Imitates Art



Last June I volunteered to guide a group of grades primary-3 students (ages 5-9) in a collaborative art project.  Here each student created a 3-D butterfly in colours which spoke to them.  When brought together like this, the piece reflects their joy of learning and their part within their community. The piece continues to be displayed outside of the school office, and what fun it is to see the children continue to stop by and seek out their own part – their individual butterfly.   I love how this collaborative piece comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts.


Considering art, collections and vibrancy ….. I can’t help but think of the fabulous realist Mary Pratt.  Her vibrant reflection of daily life is uplifting and …..humbling.. This was part of a retrospective presented at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. If you’d like to see more about that show, you can do that here.

WPC – vibrant