Paintings: Oscar Wilde

"Let Me Kiss Thy Mouth"
6 x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas board
~ Prints are available here ~

"Let me kiss thy mouth": Salome's refrain to a protesting John the Baptist in Oscar Wilde's play Salome, and my own thoughts whenever I see a photo of Wilde in the full flush of his dapper, dashing youth. Indeed, his headstone is smothered with kisses--lipstick prints new, old, and fading. He dared to be himself, and the more I reread him, the more I love him for it.

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Artwork and text © Arden Ellen Nixon