The Purpose of Art. When The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890, it was decried as immoral.
Seeing himself in a dazzling new portrait, an exquisite young man makes a Faustian wish for eternal ... The plot of The Picture of Dorian Gray, if seen apart from the wit and epigrams of Lord Henry is serious and, at times, even somber.Dorian Gray is a young and handsome man whose well-off friend Lord Henry takes him to an art-loving painter, Basil Hallward. The painter makes a picture of Dorian Gray, a fascinating piece that makes Dorian wish to stop aging. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fantastic book.