Oscar Wild: the absolute impertinent person - Exhibition in Le Petit Palais



Paris celebrates Oscar Wilde at Le Petit Palais until January 2017

Paris celebrates Oscar wilde at Le Petit Palais until January 2017 with a first major exhibition on his life and work co-curated by his grandson. Wilde, who spoke fluent French, was an ardent Francophile who regularly visited the city, eventually dying there in 1900, having been hounded out of England after his conviction for homosexuality. His tomb, in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery, is now a place of pilgrimage.

Oscar Wilde's tomb at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris

At Père Lachaise cemetery, admirers have covered the sculpted sphinx which adorns Oscar Wilde’s tomb of with traces of lipstick.

The author of “The Picture of Dorian Grey” wrote mainly essays, plays and poetry. Mrs Helen Carew, a friend of Robert Ross, his universal legatee, made an anonymous donation of 2,000 pounds for the controversial young sculptor Jacob Epstein to create a piece of work to decorate Wilde’s tomb. The project was completed in 1914. The burial place was then classified as a historic monument.

The work has suffered all kinds of damage and graffiti. Since 1999, graffiti has been replaced by a different, much more serious kind of damage: lipstick left by tourists kissing the monument. It is the Irish who came to the monument’s rescue by funding a radical restoration. A glass barrier was installed to prevent the lipstick left by fans’ kisses from causing further damage.

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