Winter in the untended garden

Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

Hello nature friends, welcome back to my blog! I’ve been taking a break from here lately, as other projects have pulled me away. The original purpose of this website was to discuss works of art that are influenced by nature, in all media. But it takes a lot of time to properly research and write about each topic.

Over the past five years, I have seen a huge increase in books and media about nature, so there is obviously an interest among both creators and consumers. But we (as a society) still seem to hold nature at a distance, as something to visit and appreciate in very controlled situations, while we continue our lives set apart. We like nature, but we aren’t necessarily close to nature. That’s something I hope this blog can help remedy, by showing how art can bring us closer to nature.

I hope to wrote here more frequently in the future, as I think there is a lot to discuss. For now, I will leave you with the magical winter paintings of Belgian artist Valerius de Saedeleer (1867-1941.) There is a cold stillness to his work, but also a warmth. Nature is frozen but alive, asleep but awake. His compositions are striking in their stark angles, their mix of large empty spaces and crowded detail. You can see more of his work here

Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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Artwork by Valerius De Saedeleer

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