4 Art Luminaries Who Inspired Us Through Nature

 Very few artists have inspired our natural sense of wonder like these four luminaries. Take a look at four popular paintings that explore the elemental beauty of nature:

1. The Great Wave by Hokusai
This Japanese woodblock print is one of the most recognized masterpieces in the world. For over 100 years this hypnotic image has stirred our deep fascination with the ocean, its power, and its dualistic nature (both life-giving and destructive).

2. Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
As poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” No matter how many times you see it, Starry Night remains an inspiration to live fully and brightly in every moment of our lives.

3. Water Lilies by Claude Monet
Water Lilies is actually a series of over 250 individual paintings- yet each one evokes the same aura of Zen-like balance and harmony within the environment. In these delicate images we can find many parallels to the beautiful impermanence in our own existence.

4. Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rosseau
Sleeping Gypsy depicts the impossibility of a gypsy sleeping peacefully in the desert wilderness, blissfully unaware of the lion beside him. Part of this painting’s enduring magic lies in is its ability to remind us that our dreams and our lives are what we make them, and that happiness resides in our minds, not in our surroundings.