Phacelia tanacetifolia 4x
Urformen Der Kunst 1929
print measures approximately 9 1/2 inches by 12 inches.
We are pleased to
offer these superb photogravures from Karl Blossfeldt’s
rare and beautiful work, Urformen der Kunst, (Archetypes
of Art), 1929.
Born in Schielo,
Germany, early on Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a
sculptor's apprentice and modeler at the Art Ironworks
and Foundry in Magdesprung. After studying painting and
sculpture on a scholarship at the School of the Royal
Museum of Arts and Crafts in Berlin from 1884 to 1891,
he worked under Professor Meurer in Italy, Greece, and
North Africa collecting plant specimens. It was during
these years that Blossfeldt’s interest in plant
photography blossomed, along with the study of music.
For about 33 years,
from 1898 to 1931, he was a professor in the sculpture
of living plants at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (College of
Arts and Crafts) in Berlin. In 1899, he began to
photograph plant forms with a home made camera
incorporating these studies into his teaching
curriculum. Blossfeldt continued to travel throughout
his life, particularly in the Mediterranean, collecting
specimens of foreign plants. He retired in 1931.
Influenced by the
19th century German tradition of natural philosophy,
Karl Blossfeldt believed that "the plant must be valued
as a totally artistic and architectural structure." Over
a period of 30 years, he photographed leaves, seed pods,
stems, and other plant parts, against neutral white or
grey backgrounds in Northern light & under
magnification. He drew inspiration, like many before
him, from the medical botany & herbaria of the late
Middle Ages and the 17th and 18th centuries.
Deeply steeped in many disciplines, both scientific,
creative & artistic, he has distilled a vision of the
botanical world that is so vibrant & powerful, it
bridges & fuses many worlds. It is a vision that has
remained unfailing contemporary &
that never ceases to amaze & delight those who love
plant forms. For this reason, we include these
remarkable photogravures in our botanical print
Each print measures approximately 9 1/2 inches by 12 inches, and is in excellent condition, without foxing &
on high quality paper. A copy of the title page &
relevant short description will be included with each
print. Please note these are ORIGINAL photogravures from
1929, not reproductions. These photogravures, which can
be simply framed with a white black core rag mat & wood
frame, are superbly decorative, with a unique vision
that remains fresh & exciting to this very day.
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