Chapter 1 sets the tone of the novel. It is witty, urbane, and ironic with only brief moments of deep feeling expressed and then wittily submerged. The artist of the novel is Basil Hallward. He seems to be in love with his most recent model, Dorian Gray, whom he considers more than a beautiful man, but an inspiration to a new form in his art. The intensity of his feelings for Dorian Gray and the art that Dorian Gray inspires has to do with his sense of identity. He doesn’t want his portrait of Dorian to be shown in public because he feels as if he’s put something essential of himself in it. That is the seed of the novel. The artist paints himself when he seems to be painting another.


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