Karl Blossfeldt – 1929 ‘Urformen der Kunst’ & ‘Art Forms in Nature’ Prints

Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) was a German photographer celebrated for his pioneering close-up images of plants and flora. Over three decades, Blossfeldt produced 6,000 photographs, using a homemade camera and lens that could magnify a subject by 30 times, to capture the microcosmic aesthetic of his specimens. In 1928, the first of three ground-breaking portfolios was published under the over-arching title Urformen der Kunst (Artforms in Nature)It became an overnight sensation; Blossfeldt was celebrated for discovering a hitherto ‘unknown universe’ and for his exemplary technical feats as a photographer.


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Each original photogravure print for sale comes from either the 1929 German edition ‘Urformen der Kunst’ or the 1929 English edition ‘Art Forms in Nature‘, both printed in Germany – the origin is identified on the individual print listing. These prints are not reproductions. They are beautifully printed and in very good condition, without foxing and on the highest quality printing paper of the time – printed one side only.


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Each single image, diptych or triptych measures approximately 19cm x 26cm and is window mounted into a 11″ x 14″ ‘Dawn Mist’ (antique cream) coloured mount ready for framing. The mount and backing board are acid free. Archival linen tape has been used to hinge the window mount and to T-hinge the prints to the backing board. They are then protected by a cellophane bag and will be posted in an A3 protective cardboard envelope. With each print will come a photocopy of the relevant ‘description of plate’ text page.


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For Information - Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue. This is then exposed to a film positive and etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph. Please note that there are occasional light marks or streaks that appeared on the original printing plates or occurred during the inking process. These may be found in certain images and whilst we do our best to point these out, please study the images posted so that you are happy with the specific condition. Colour and tone may also vary from the images shown above depending on your computer monitor.




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