‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’, – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know
— John Keats
A Sense of Beauty
All gardening is landscape painting. — Alexander Pope
Beauty itself doth of itself persuade the eyes of men without an orator. — Shakespeare
Beauty is instantaneous. It is the artist’s challenge to translate it to the timeless. A passing shadow, a spot of searchlight sun, a wind, autumn leaves drifting under the bridge, blooming gardens, moving clouds, the flowers of the season – we may fancy we own these common things and may return to them at will. Tomorrow it rains, the flower fades, the horses are gone to another field, the creek has fallen, and we are busy with something urgent. Beauty comes to us as a lovely child with upturned face asking, Grandfather, will you come out and play with me? Tomorrow she is grown and gone and we are older and alone.
When I behold upon the night’s starred face, huge cloudy symbols of a high romance. — John Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. — John Keats
Once you begin to study it, all Nature is equally interesting and equally charged with beauty. I was shown a picture by Cézanne of the blank wall of a house, which he had made instinct with the most delicate lights and colors. Now I often amuse myself when I am looking at a wall or a flat surface of any kind by trying to distinguish all the different colours and tints which can be discerned upon it, and considering whether these arise from reflections or from natural hue. You would be astonished the first time you tried this to see how many and what beautiful colours there are even in the most commonplace objects, and the more carefully and frequently you look the more variations do you perceive. — Winston Churchill, Painting As A Pastime
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