Film of Max Ernst Working in His Studio

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“Did the harebell loose her girdle” — Emily Dickinson

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Dwarf Caiman and False Coral Snake — Maria Sibylla Merian

Milky Way Gold — Marlene Yu

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“Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball-I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me-I am part or particle of God” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

Cassowary — Jean-Baptiste Oudry

Discomedusae — Ernst Haeckel

Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds — Martin Johnson Heade

Orchidaceae — Ernst Haeckel

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Fowl in a Damson Tree — Charles Tunnicliffe

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Reading-as-Nature or Nature-as-Reading (From Thomas Berhnhard’s Correction)

We couldn’t endure a life in nature, necessarily always a free nature, without respite, so we always step outside nature, for no reason but survival, and take refuge in our reading, and live for a long time in our books, a more undisturbed life. I’ve lived half my life not in nature but in my books as a nature-substitute, and the one half was made possible only by the other half. Or else we exist in both simultaneously, in nature and in reading-as-nature, in this extreme nervous tension which as a form of consciousness is endurable only for the shortest possible time span. The question can’t be whether I live in nature as nature, or in reading-as-nature, or in nature-as-reading, in the nature of nature-as-reading andsoforth, so Roithamer. To everything that we think and fill our own life and that we hear and see, perceive, we always have to add: the truth, however, is … as a result, uncertainty has become a chronic condition with us. Those abrupt transitions from one nature into the other, from one form of awareness into the other, so Roithamer. When we think, we know nothing, everything is open, nothing, so Roithamer.

From Thomas Bernhard’s novel Correction.

 

“Life in the jungle” (Kafka)

(From Kafka’s Diaries).

“Overwhelming and Collective Murder” (Herzog)

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Still Life with Pygmy Parrot — George Flegel

In the Jungle, Florida — Winslow Homer