5 Art Quotes about the powerful synergy between art and nature

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“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

-Marc Chagall

 
Great art picks up where nature ends.
— Marc Chagall

"Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see."

-Henri Rousseau

The Repast of the Lion, ca. 1907 by Henri Rousseau.

 
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
— Henri Rousseau

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“Don't paint from nature too much. Art is an abstraction. Derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation that will result.”

-Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Landscape, 1892 by Paul Gauguin

Don’t paint from nature too much. Art is an abstraction. Derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation that will result.
— Paul Gauguin

Bathers, 1874-1875 by Paul Cezanne

 
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
— Paul Cezanne

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“Nature is a dictionary, one draws words from them.”

-Eugene Delacroix

Autumn Landscape, Champrosay, 1853-1856 by Eugene Delacroix

 
Nature is a dictionary, one draws words from them.
— Eugene Delacroix