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Nature’s perfection through Art

“People tell us that Art makes us love Nature more than we loved her before; that it reveals her secrets to us; and that after a careful study of Corot and Constable we see things in her that had escaped our observation. My own experience is that the more we study Art, the less we care for Nature. What Art really reveals to us is Nature’s lack of design, her curious crudities, her extraordinary monotony, her absolutely unfinished condition… It is fortunate for us, however, that Nature is so imperfect, as otherwise we should have had no art at all. Art is our spirited protest, our gallant attempt to teach Nature her proper place… It resides in the imagination, or fancy, or cultivated blindness of the man who looks at her”

Oscar Wilde The Decay of Lying in Intentions. , London, Methuen & Co. (1913) page 3-4.

Vivian reveals an interesting view of Art vs. Nature. People normally argue that Nature reveals its beauty to inspire art; however, Vivian argues that Art covers Nature’s imperfection and creates beauty through imagination. Nature is perfected through the inspiration of vivid imagination creating Art.