The Picture of Dorian Gray

explain how basil views his profession and his feelings about the,portrait and its subject

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Basil is a simple man with more purely romantic values. Basil clarifies his earlier statement by saying that "every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter." Art is sacred to Basil which makes the sitter (Dorian) sacred as well. Basil describes Dorian as a delightfully pure and naive young man. Lord Henry insists on meeting the man, but Basil refuses. He wants to protect the boy's innocent purity from Lord Henry's cynical, sensualist influence. Basil is not interested in commercializing his art.