2014.08.27【英译中】The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapter 1

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"He is all my art to me now," said the painter gravely. "I sometimes think, Harry, that there are only two eras of any importance in the world's history. The first is the appearance of a new medium for art, and the second is the appearance of a new personality for art also. What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinous was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me. It is not merely that I paint from him, draw from him, sketch from him. Of course, I have done all that. But he is much more to me than a model or a sitter. I won't tell you that I am dissatisfied with what I have done of him, or that his beauty is such that art cannot express it. There is nothing that art cannot express, and I know that the work I have done, since I met Dorian Gray, is good work, is the best work of my life. But in some curious way--I wonder will you understand me?--his personality has suggested to me an entirely new manner in art, an entirely new mode of style. I see things differently, I think of them differently. I can now recreate life in a way that was hidden from me before. 'A dream of form in days of thought'--who is it who says that? I forget; but it is what Dorian Gray has been to me. The merely visible presence of this lad--for he seems to me little more than a lad, though he is really over twenty-- his merely visible presence--ah! I wonder can you realize all that that means? Unconsciously he defines for me the lines of a fresh school, a school that is to have in it all the passion of the romantic spirit, all the perfection of the spirit that is Greek. The harmony of soul and body-- how much that is! We in our madness have separated the two, and have invented a realism that is vulgar, an ideality that is void. Harry! if you only knew what Dorian Gray is to me! You remember that landscape of mine, for which Agnew offered me such a huge price but which I would not part with? It is one of the best things I have ever done. And why is it so? Because, while I was painting it, Dorian Gray sat beside me. Some subtle influence passed from him to me, and for the first time in my life I saw in the plain woodland the wonder I had always looked for and always missed."

“现在他就是我全部的艺术。”画家庄重地说。“有时候我会想,历史上只有两个重要的时期---新的艺术方式出现时和新的艺术特点出现时。油画的发明之于威尼斯人,安提诺乌斯之于希腊的雕塑艺术,正如道尔格雷终将之于我。我不只是将他当做我的模特。当然,我画了很多他的画像。但是他对我来说不止是一个画模。我不会告诉你其实我对我的作品一点也不满意,或者说他的美是艺术无法表现的。其实我知道艺术可以表现一切,我也知道自从遇到道尔格雷以来我完成的作品都是不错的作品,甚至算得上我一生最好的作品。但是,我不知道你听不听得懂,某种程度来说,他的魅力暗示着我一种全新的艺术方式,一种全新的艺术风格。我看事情的角度不同了,想事情的角度也发生了变化。现在我可以以一种不同以往的方式重新塑造我的人生。我忘了谁曾经说过‘日有所思,夜有所梦’道尔格雷对我来说正是如此。只要这个少年一出现---他对我来说不只是个孩子,虽然他的确才二十岁,只要他一出现。啊!我不知道你能否理解其中的含义。他无意间向我描绘出了一个全新的流派,充满着罗曼蒂克的精神和希腊的完美主义精神。身心合一,多么和谐啊。我们却盲目地把这二者分开,创造出庸俗的现实主义---一种毫无内涵可言的思想。哈里,要是你能了解道尔格雷对我的意义。你还记得那幅风景画吗,阿格钮出高价我都不肯卖的那幅,那是我有史以来最好的作品之一。而究其原因是当我在画这幅画时,道尔格雷就坐在我旁边。一些微妙的影响从他身上传递过来,然后生平第一次,我从那些平常的风景中看到了我一直在寻找又一直错过的神奇之处。“

 

"Basil, this is extraordinary! I must see Dorian Gray."

“巴兹尔,太妙了。我一定得见见道尔格雷。”

Hallward got up from the seat and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. "Harry," he said, "Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. 

霍沃尔从椅子上站起来,在花园里走来走去。过了一会他走回来,说道。“哈里,道尔格雷对我来说就是艺术的灵感。你可能从他身上看不到什么。我却在他身上看到了一切。他出现在我作品中的频率绝对要比他本人出现在这儿的频率高得多。”

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