Build therefore your own world
The picture belongs to a series of portraits Wolff painted under the title "Walden Wall of Fame". The series was created for the exhibition "Walden" in which Wolff dealt with her and our relationship to nature and the images we make of nature.
This portrait shows the American Ralph Waldo Emerson. His first book, which was published in 1836, was called "Nature". In it he pleaded for "the simple life" in harmony with nature. At the same time he emphasizes the importance of creative activity. Emerson sees in it the source of freedom and self-determination of the individual. NATURE ends with Emerson's appeal: "Build, therefore, your own world."
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