What is Art, monsieur, but Nature concentrated?

[Qu’est-ce que l’Art, monsieur? C’est la Nature concentrée.]

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist, playwright
Illusions perdues, Vol. 1 “Un grand homme de province à Paris,” Part 1 (1839)

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