In his book, The Art of the Impossible, Oscar Wilde wrote, “The art of painting, as art, is one of the most difficult and difficult things in the world to master.
To learn how to paint, you must master the art of the impossible.
That is why painting is so difficult, why it is so rare.”
In the same book, Wilde also wrote, “[I]t is in a work of art that the human spirit is strongest, and that which can best define us as human beings, the most perfect of all creatures.”
To achieve his vision of a “pure, simple, beautiful, human” painting, Wilde spent a lifetime perfecting his technique, learning from his father, the master craftsman Sir Francis Bacon, and others.
Wilde had learned from both his father and grandfather, but had never mastered his technique.
The “art of the art” was a difficult process for the young painter, and it was difficult to master his craft.
His parents were aware of his struggles, but still gave him a chance to become an artist.
As Wilde grew older, his father became increasingly dissatisfied with his son’s art and wanted him to quit school.
To achieve this goal, Wilde’s mother became an artist, as well.
While Wilde was in high school, he became interested in painting, and eventually, he completed a few portraits and landscapes.
The young painter would spend many weekends painting, with his mother painting the same scenes.
In 1894, Wilde published his first painting, a portrait of a woman in a bed with her children.
He was awarded the title of Master Painter.
Wilde also won the “best painter” award at the Academy of Fine Arts, the prestigious American painting competition.
His paintings soon gained notoriety, being featured in publications including The Times, The New York Herald Tribune, and The Washington Post.
Wilde won the Pulitzer Prize in 1894 for his paintings of women.
He would be knighted in 1895 for his work, The Trial of the Folly.
In 1898, Wilde was awarded a bronze medal by the Royal Academy of Arts.
In 1910, he was knighted by King Edward VII of England.
In the years that followed, Wilde continued to improve his art and his fame.
In 1923, he won the Prix Goncourt du Painting du Prince Albert, and the year after that, he received the prize for “Art of the Beautiful.”
In 1926, he also won a silver medal for “Painting of the Sun.”
In 1929, he would receive the Medal of Merit.
In 1932, he achieved his second-most famous painting, The Great Hall of the Royal Opera House, in which he painted a scene of a wedding between two lovers.
The painting is one in a series of paintings that he called “Love and Death,” and he was also the recipient of the prestigious “The Royal Medal of Arts.”
In 1940, he created the famous “Ode to Joy” painting that depicts the bride and groom with their newlyweds, a wedding with its “greatest joy.”
He continued to paint throughout his life, and he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1951.
The following year, he published his last painting, “Joy of Life.”
The work is one that is still viewed by many as his masterpiece.
In 1953, he died at age 74.
The artist’s work, which was not part of his “Odes to Joy,” is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.