Riffelsee et Cervin

This painting is symbolic of Rousseau's perception of human nature in relation to physical nature. The reflection of the mountain upon the lake is an appropriate representation of Rousseau's idea of self-reflection as a method of reaching a level of appreciation for oneself within nature. Evident in his essay,"Fifth Walk," Rousseau immersed himself in nature's lakes and greenery as a way of retreating into his own spirit and finding personal gratitude.


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