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Acer (Maple, stems, and shoot of different varieties enlarged 9.0x), from the book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature)

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Karl Blossfeldt, Acer (Maple, stems, and shoot of different varieties enlarged 9.0x), from the book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature), 1928 (negative); 1941 (print), photogravure, Gift of Rick A. Cigel, © unknown, research required, 1996.40.1N

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Title

Acer (Maple, stems, and shoot of different varieties enlarged 9.0x), from the book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature)

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book title (original language): Urformen der Kunst

book title (translated): Art Forms in Nature

Artist

Karl Blossfeldt (German, 1865-1932)

Date

1928 (negative); 1941 (print)

Medium

photogravure

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 10 1/4 in x 7 5/8 in; sheet: 12 5/16 in x 9 9/16 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

German

Credit Line

Gift of Rick A. Cigel

Accession Number

1996.40.1N

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

photographs

photogravure

photogravures

Description

Sculptor Karl Blossfeldt photographed botanical forms for over thirty-five years, using the images to teach his students about form and structure. These photographs, though straightforward and descriptive, are stunning in their expressive simplicity and abstract nature. They became a touchstone for the reality-based Neue Sachlichkeit—or “New Objectivity”—art movement in Germany, which turned away from an earlier aesthetic infused with romanticism. Blossfeldt’s book Urformen der Kunst, first published in 1928, was so popular that it was reissued in 1929, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1948, and 1953. These photogravures are drawn from the 1941 edition.

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