Karl Blossfeldt: Urformen Der Kunst, Plate 5
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Pre 1930: item # 401507
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URFORMEN DER KUNST. Berlin Ernst Wasmuth A. G. 1928
Plate No.5 (Equisetum hiemale, Winter Horsetail, part of a root)
This is one of the many outstanding images from the original 1928 1st edition of "URFORMEN DER KUNST," which consists of 120 images printed on one side of a page. They are characterized by beautiful tonalities, great detail and excellent printing on medium weight paper. These gravures are being sold individually from a broken edition and are suitable for framing.
Karl Blossfeldt (1865 - 1932)
In 1899 Blossfeldt became a permanent instructor at the Kunstgewerbeschule, where he taught "Modeling from Plants" for 31 years using the photographs he took in Italy or actual plant life. Blossfeldt continued to photograph plant forms throughout his teaching career. In 1925 his work was represented by gallerist Karl Nierendorf and in 1928 a publication of his plant photographs, the first edition of "Urformen der Kunst" (Archetypes of Art) was published. This publication was so successful, a second edition was published within a year.
Shortly before his death, another book was published under the title, "Wundergarten der Natur." Karl Blossfeldt died on December 3, 1932 in Berlin.
These photographs represent a new style of photography that abandoned the pictorial, painterly style of the time. The soft-focus style was replaced with sharp focus, using direct lighting. This approach was part of a new movement in art, the "neusachlichen" (New Objectivity) in Germany. Key photographers of this movement were August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch and Karl Blossfeldt whose common goal was to use the camera to its full advantage, documenting people and objects in the most authentic manner. This enabled the viewer to compare, analyze, and discuss variations, similarities, of form, texture, structure, and other characteristics of humans, architecture, and nature. These "typologies" are precursors of work by contemporary artists such as Thomas Ruff, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Günther Förg, Bernhard Prinz, and Thomas Struth.