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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
-Albert Camus

Pleasant thought, right?  And if you know anything about Albert Camus, you know that he wasn’t often one to shout for joy (he didn’t, in fact, much like to crack a smile).  So if he could find the beauty in this season of decay, so can you!  On this chilly October morning, let us take a moment to consider what got a cranky Frenchman to marvel at nature’s mortality: autumn leaves.  We’ve even got a couple gorgeous databases to help us.

Artists from all over the world have offered their interpretation of the season in Oxford Art Online.  See Munter‘s perspective from 20th century Germany, or Zeshin‘s 19th century Japanese point of view.  Then stick around to check out Grove Art’s timelines and thematic guides.

In case that wasn’t enough of a feast for the eyes, you can spend some time with our brand NEW resource, the National Geographic Archive!  Wander through a photographic portfolio from 1976, or even 1935.  Sometimes a camera lens is the best perspective on life – and you’ve got photos from as long ago as 1888!

So, you see, you don’t have to be an Impressionist painter, a photojournalist, or a French writer consumed with ennui to appreciate autumn; you just have to come to your beloved Library!  See you soon.