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

1. The Great Waveby Hokusai
This Japanese woodblock print is one of the most recognizedmasterpieces in the world. For over 100 years this hypnotic image has stirredour deep fascination with the ocean, its power, and its dualistic nature (both life-givingand destructive).

2. Starry Night byVincent Van Gogh
As poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “If the stars shouldappear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.” Nomatter how many times you see it, StarryNight remains an inspiration to live fully and brightly in every moment ofour lives.

3. Water Lilies byClaude Monet
Water Lilies isactually a series of over 250 individual paintings- yet each one evokes thesame aura of Zen-like balance and harmony within the environment. In thesedelicate images we can find many parallels to the beautiful impermanence in ourown existence.

4. Sleeping Gypsy byHenri Rosseau
Sleeping Gypsydepicts the impossibility of a gypsy sleeping peacefully in the desertwilderness, blissfully unaware of the lion beside him. Part of this painting’senduring magic lies in is its ability to remind us that our dreams and ourlives are what we make them, and that happiness resides in our minds, not inour surroundings.