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Aristotle states in Poetics that from childhood men have an “instinct” for imitation. Therefore, that which distinguishes man from other animals is that he is far more imitative (IV.2–3).

So everyone reading this will have the all- too human ability to imitate. Just don't overplay your hand, that’s all. 

Thus the idea that art imitates nature seems to signify that works of art have for their function reproducing what we see, putting nature in a box or in a frame so that it becomes lifeless nature or still life. That is the function of a painter: to reproduce.

 

Hegel in Aesthetics states that « The beauty of art stands higher than that of nature », since art is a spiritual act of freedom.

The purpose of the artist is quite different; beyond technique he or she tries to convey his understanding and his impressions, he aims to illustrate his perception of nature. Ultimately it is not about technique but about interpretation and artistic vision.

Last but not least, I am a member of the Maison des Artistes, and the Société française des Auteurs Dans les Arts Graphiques et Plastiques (French Society of Graphic Artists) which protects and manages my rights: imitators beware! 😉

Christelle Dubois

Painter

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