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Karl Blossfeldt

Art Forms in Nature Complete Edition

written by Georges Bataille, Gert Mattenklott

Schirmer/Mosel | ISBN 9783888146275

Hardback – 276 pages


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Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) first published his photographs of plants in 1928, achieving overnight fame. These images had a direct influence on artists of the time, and continue to affect the work of painters, architects, graphic artists and designers today. By manifoldly enlarging the inner structures of plants, Blossfeldt was able to reveal their organic form. The Surrealists enthused about his photographs, raising the artist to the status of a pioneer of the 'Neue Sachlichkeir' and his pictures to classics in the history of photography.
In 1929, just one year after the first German edition was published, the first English edition appeared, bearing the title Art Forms in Nature. The second book by Blossfeldt, Art Forms in Nature, Second Series, was issued in 1932 simultaneously in German and English. The present publication combines both works in one edition. The introductory essay by Gert Mattenklott, professor at Marburg/Lahn and Amherst, Massachusetts, provides insight into the origins of Blossfeldt's work and its subsequent influence. Also included is the historical article "The Language of Flowers" by Georges Bataille, which first appeared in 1929 and was illustrated by five photographs by Blossfeldt.

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