“Great art picks up where nature ends.”
The Repast of the Lion, ca. 1907 by Henri Rousseau.
“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.”
Tahitian Landscape, 1892 by Paul Gauguin
Bathers, 1874-1875 by Paul Cezanne
“Nature is a dictionary, one draws words from them.”
Autumn Landscape, Champrosay, 1853-1856 by Eugene Delacroix