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    DescriptionAt first intended as personal reference material in his work as sculptor and teacher, the remarkable nature photographs of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) attained critical acclaim in 1928 when he published "Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art)." His work influenced and helped to establish modern German photography. While the style of the time was soft-focus, impressionistic photographs, Blossfeldt's purpose governed his photographic method and resulting magnificent prints: direct lighting to define form, sharp focus to expose detail and texture, enlarging up to 27 times actual size to reveal structure that previously was invisible or overlooked by the naked eye. His subject matter ― the leaves, buds, stems, seed pods, tendrils, and twigs of plant life ― sparkles with an honest simplicity and clarity that discloses not only the wonder and science of nature, but also the distinct similarities between the form developed by nature and that produced by man. In the infinite variety of form in the plant world, Blossfeldt found many examples of shape and structure that, when photographed his way, resemble the forms of man's artistic (particularly architectural) styles ― from Gothic through Art Nouveau. His images imply that man's art mirrors nature and suggest that nature, in its continuous reproduction and adaptation, also creates its own art. Blossfeldt's exquisite and historically important photographs continue to be prominently exhibited and acclaimed throughout the world. Painstakingly reproduced for this edition, his 120 unretouched plates will delight artists and illustrators, naturalists and philosophers, photographers, and anyone who is intrigued by the beauty, form, and design of nature.


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    Title
    Art Forms in the Plant World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Karl Blossfeldt
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 282 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780486249902
    ISBN 10: 0486249905
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AJC
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    DC21: 745.4
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: PHO013000, DES000000
    Ingram Subject Code: AP
    Libri: I-AP
    DC22: 745.4
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25870
    BISAC V2.8: PHO010000, DES002000
    LC subject heading:
    Dover Categories: ,
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: NK1560.B52
    Dover Categories:
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000, NAT026000
    LC classification: NK1560 .B52 1985
    Thema V1.0: AGB, WN, AGA, AJC
    Edition statement
    Dover.
    Illustrations note
    120ill.
    Publisher
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Imprint name
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Publication date
    23 June 1986
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Back cover copy
    At first intended as personal reference material in his work as sculptor and teacher, the remarkable nature photographs of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) attained critical acclaim in 1928 when he published "Urformen der Kunst (Archetypes of Art)." His work influenced and helped to establish modern German photography. While the style of the time was soft-focus, impressionistic photographs, Blossfeldt's purpose governed his photographic method and resulting magnificent prints: direct lighting to define form, sharp focus to expose detail and texture, enlarging up to 27 times actual size to reveal structure that previously was invisible or overlooked by the naked eye. His subject matter―the leaves, buds, stems, seed pods, tendrils, and twigs of plant life―sparkles with an honest simplicity and clarity that discloses not only the wonder and science of nature, but also the distinct similarities between the form developed by nature and that produced by man. In the infinite variety of form in the plant world, Blossfeldt found many examples of shape and structure that, when photographed his way, resemble the forms of man's artistic (particularly architectural) styles―from Gothic through Art Nouveau. His images imply that man's art mirrors nature and suggest that nature, in its continuous reproduction and adaptation, also creates its own art. Blossfeldt's exquisite and historically important photographs continue to be prominently exhibited and acclaimed throughout the world. Painstakingly reproduced for this edition, his 120 unretouched plates will delight artists and illustrators, naturalists and philosophers, photographers, and anyone who is intrigued by the beauty, form, and design of nature. Unabridged and slightly altered republication (1985) of "Art Forms in Nature, " published by E. Weyhe, New York, 1929. (First German edition: "Urformen der Kunst, " Verlag Ernst Wasmuth A. G., Berlin, 1928.)