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- Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and the Visual Arts
- body; we find it first in the plant kingdom. Animals have a body of
- formative forces; man also. But the plant's is very different from
- artistic sculptor and expected to give plastic shape to plant forms.
- One cannot give a form to plants; one can only indicate their
- movements in some vague way. One cannot shape plants plastically.
- Just imagine a rose, or any other plant with a long stalk,
- plastic shape of a plant, one thinks instinctively of its body of
- formative forces; and this is within the plant, as is its physical
- body, but directly expressed. Nature sets the plant before us as a
- plant would be bungling botchwork in face of what Nature herself
- produces in the physical and formative-force bodies of a plant. One
- must simply let the plant be as it is — or contemplate it with
- a sculptor's mind, as Goethe did in his morphology of plants.
- a plant has an etheric body, created for it from out of the cosmos. It
- is finished. I cannot re-shape it. The plant is a plastic work of art
- in the world of nature. To form plants of marble or wood contradicts
- for wood is nearer to the plant's nature; but it would be inartistic.
- sees, correctly, the whole plant in the single leaf. The whole plant
- is contained in the leaf in a primitive form; and the whole plant is
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