Talk:Life imitating art

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If this isn't substanitally the same article that just got deleted, my apologies. --Joe Decker (talk) 19:46, 2 March 2010 (UTC) Nevermind. --Joe Decker (talk) 19:54, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

formulations before Wilde[edit]

Although Wilde's formulation is the most well-known, Robert Louis Stevenson in his earlier 1875 essay 'An Autumn Effect' after comparing a landscape to Japanese and French painting, writes, 'it is rather in nature that we see resemblances to art, than in art to nature; and we say a hundred times, "How like a picture!" for once that we say, "How like the truth!" The forms in which we learn to think of landscape are forms that we have got from painted canvas. Any man can see and understand a picture; it is reserved for the few to separate anything out of the confusion of nature, and see that distinctly and with intelligence.' (Richard Dury)