"In representing the universe as he imagines it, the artist articulates his own dreams. He celebrates his own soul in the guise of nature. He suspects that there is in the whole of nature a single great conscience comparable to his own. There is not a living organism, or an inert object, or a cloud in the sky, or a green shoot in the field that does not confide in him the secret of an immense power hidden in all things."

Auguste Rodin, L'Art: Entretiens reunis par Paul Gsell, 1911