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Monday, September 21, 2020

Karl Blossfeldt, Art Forms in Nature

In order to guarantee their continued existence, natural elements reduce their form to the essential, reaching their most efficient organization. This basic structure, which is repeated following the same pattern in each species, is present in a particularly marked way in the photographs by the German Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), who methodically worked on white or black card stock to highlight the details of plant species that he would later show his students of Applied Art at the Berliner Kunsthochschule where he taught. Originally taken as models for his sculptures and teachings, Blossfeldt’s work did not earn widespread artistic recognition until 1928, when his photographs were published in the book Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature). At a time when the blurred images derived from Impressionism were the prevailing current, the clear and remarkably detailed photographs taken by Blossfeldt were admired by the New Objectivity and surrealists alike, and are still influential today. 
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