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Was van Gogh a Plant Ecologist?

Was van Gogh a Plant Ecologist? EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel wirling, shimmering, seemingly alive on the canvas, take his own life? Or were they prescient, van Gogh seeing the landscapes of van Gogh are unmistakable in the a truth in nature that our scientific world did not reveal Shistory of art. In the late 19th century he saw our until late in the next century? If restoration ecology has rural land in a new way, the antithesis of the placid, still as its target a re-creation of natural processes, van Gogh’s images that defined a “pastoral” world. Just as his images work may be an accurate description of our living world, of the star-filled night astonished the world, his paintings not a fanciful impression. of the fields around Saint-Rémy in southern France were The constant changes in grassland communities have a new interpretation of landscape. been studied for many years. From the perspective of Were these new, dynamic images of grasslands just an ecological succession, the progression from a recently aban- expression of a troubled mind, of a man who would soon doned field to the appearance of perennial herbs and then the eventual growth in many places of woody species that Ecological Restoration Vol. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecological Restoration University of Wisconsin Press

Was van Gogh a Plant Ecologist?

Ecological Restoration , Volume 31 (2) – Jun 13, 2013

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Abstract

EDITORIAL Steven N. Handel wirling, shimmering, seemingly alive on the canvas, take his own life? Or were they prescient, van Gogh seeing the landscapes of van Gogh are unmistakable in the a truth in nature that our scientific world did not reveal Shistory of art. In the late 19th century he saw our until late in the next century? If restoration ecology has rural land in a new way, the antithesis of the placid, still as its target a re-creation of natural processes, van Gogh’s images that defined a “pastoral” world. Just as his images work may be an accurate description of our living world, of the star-filled night astonished the world, his paintings not a fanciful impression. of the fields around Saint-Rémy in southern France were The constant changes in grassland communities have a new interpretation of landscape. been studied for many years. From the perspective of Were these new, dynamic images of grasslands just an ecological succession, the progression from a recently aban- expression of a troubled mind, of a man who would soon doned field to the appearance of perennial herbs and then the eventual growth in many places of woody species that Ecological Restoration Vol.

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Ecological RestorationUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jun 13, 2013

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