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Karl Blossfeldt: The Alphabet of Plants [Paperback]

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Item description for Karl Blossfeldt: The Alphabet of Plants by Karl Blossfeldt, Gert Mattenklott, Ann Wilde, Jurgen Wilde, Adrianna J. Kezar, Matthew Kreuter & David Mungello...

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was neither a professional photographer nor a natural scientist. He was a sculptor, amateur photographer, and a professor at Berlin's school of arts and crafts where he taught modeling. His interest in the plant world was of an artistic and didactic nature: he was fascinated by the structure of plants, their organic configuration, and their "lofty artistic form" born "of expediency," which he wanted to illustrate and compare in a photographic style that could be described as strictly objective, almost graphic. His goal was to create a catalogue of forms for the benefit of artists, artisans, and, above all, architects, providing them with a book of instruction and models to guide them in their designs.

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Pages   80
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 20, 2007
Publisher   Schirmer/Mosel
ISBN  3829603045  
ISBN13  9783829603041  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Blossfeldt was born and lived his entire life in Germany. Although he originally intended to teach natural science, a field trip in the company of artists and sculptors led him to apply artistic principles to the study of plant life.

Karl Blossfeldt was born in 1865 and died in 1932.

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Inspiring   Jan 2, 2008
The photographs in this book of nature will inspire any artist or crafts person...or architect. The work provides inspiration when it can't be found in the field or back yard. Its a book that is pleasurable to leaf through.
Archetypes Of Form And Structure  Apr 2, 2002
Form is highly mimetic in nature. A limited number of what might be called prototypical patterns find their way into an infinite number of fomal structures. For example, it is apparent upon close inspection that branching patterns of trees (best seen in winter, of course) eerily resemble arterial branching patterns of the heart as revealed by cardiologic angiography. Despite divergent functionality of the two systems, the formal architecture is almost identical! This is no accident of nature, to be sure. Karl Blossfeldt: The Alphabet Of Plants is a survey of some basic forms in nature. Its premise, as articulated in an introductory essay by Gert Mattenklott, is that "the architectonics of the modern age are built upon archaic, elemental forces. The rationally calculated workings of machines is in secret correspondence with the eternal rythym of life, and the plant serves as the model." Thus a careful, aesthetically mindful examination of the plant world is important in the first instance because it has the power to inform and expand our perceptual vocabulary. And, following on from that, to enhance our capacity for developing efficient, durable industry and for creating visually resonant art and architecture. Indeed, Blossfeldt was a sculptor by training and so the primacy and importance of form in his photography need hardly surprise us. What does surprise, however, in this eye-opening series of high contrast, texturally detailed duotone photographs (created some seventy to eighty years ago) of mostly quite unusual plant morphology, is the obvious correspondence of the geometry of plant life to so many of the constituitive and ornamental forms that make up the physical manifestations of modernity. There are only a limited number of (archetypal) patterns to be made use of, it seems, and their inventory is definable.

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