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Karl Blossfeldt

Urformen der Kunst portfolio, 1928

Limited edition print portfolio of 5 platinum prints on 100% cotton paper, printed later
18 1/10 × 22 2/5 in
46 × 57 cm
Edition of 20
This is part of a limited edition set.
£10,000 - 15,000
Location
London
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Atlas Gallery
London
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Presented in archival display box, with facsimile of original 1928 monograph of photogravures

Presented in archival display box, with facsimile of original 1928 monograph of photogravures

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Karl Blossfeldt
German, 1865–1932
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A teacher at the Royal Arts Museum in Berlin, Karl Blossfeldt became a celebrated photographer nearly overnight after the 1928 publication of his Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), a photo catalogue filled with images of plants. Blossfeldt, who studied sculpture and iron casting but had no formal training in photography, built a camera to magnify his subjects. Arranged with stark, neutral backgrounds, his photographs of plant life reveal the architectural intricacies of tendrils, petals, and root hairs on flower stems. Urformen der Kunst was intended to be a pedagogic tool for German industrial and commercial designers, not a collection of avant-garde, modernist photographs, yet it led designers and artists alike to look at the natural world through a new lens.

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Presented in archival display box, with facsimile of original 1928 monograph of photogravures

Presented in archival display box, with facsimile of original 1928 monograph of photogravures

Medium
Photography
Karl Blossfeldt
German, 1865–1932
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A teacher at the Royal Arts Museum in Berlin, Karl Blossfeldt became a celebrated photographer nearly overnight after the 1928 publication of his Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), a photo catalogue filled with images of plants. Blossfeldt, who studied sculpture and iron casting but had no formal training in photography, built a camera to magnify his subjects. Arranged with stark, neutral backgrounds, his photographs of plant life reveal the architectural intricacies of tendrils, petals, and root hairs on flower stems. Urformen der Kunst was intended to be a pedagogic tool for German industrial and commercial designers, not a collection of avant-garde, modernist photographs, yet it led designers and artists alike to look at the natural world through a new lens.

Karl Blossfeldt

Urformen der Kunst portfolio, 1928

Limited edition print portfolio of 5 platinum prints on 100% cotton paper, printed later
18 1/10 × 22 2/5 in
46 × 57 cm
Edition of 20
This is part of a limited edition set.
£10,000 - 15,000
Location
London
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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