Nature should be loved purely for her own sake. My ideal of painting is to catch the beauties of nature for their own sake not as clothes for our morals & “soul sensations” which may be the degeneracy of the age. Viewing nature absolutely, we can never hamper our art with ludicrous moral or philosophical whims, at which a later saner age must laugh. I come to Nature not to create a fantastic expression of my own soul, but to faithfully portray the soul of nature. My soul is the means, not the end.