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Blossfeldt's Wundergarten der Natur, 1st Edition  

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Wundergarten der Natur

Blossfeldt, Karl


Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft



xiii, [2] with 120 photogravure plates from photographs by Karl Blossfeldt. 31.7x25 cm (12½x9¾"), blue cloth lettered in gilt with floral emblem in gilt. First Edition. 

First Edition of the second volume in Blossfeldt's celebrated trilogy in the  microphotography of plant forms. Blossfeldt was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly developed a fully-fledged abstracted aesthetic which found an appreciative audience around the world. Many subsequent photographers cite his books as a key influence on their work. Like its predecessor, the images of Wundergarten der Natur possess a “duality of vision that is both striking and beguiling...We might be looking not at plant details but directly at architectural decorative elements...carved in wood or cast in metal” [Parr & Badger, p. 96]. 


This revolutionary way of seeing placed Blossfeldt at the cornerstone of the ‘new objectivity’ movement, for Blossfeldt was precise in his sensitivity “to the curvilinear beauty of plants and used organic structures as the basis for his technological designs. To young German artists, Blossfeldt's studies and typology of plant forms proved the convergence of nature and art.”  [Roth, Open Book, p. 106.]

Lot Amendments

Mild darkening and staining to slightly leaning spine; mild soiling to edges, a bit of offsetting from gravures, else near fine.

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