Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its forms merely,—but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at will in every attitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "History," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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