Berlin: E. Wasmuth, 1929.
NK1560 .B48 1929 Art Locked Stacks
Karl Blossfeldt, a self-taught photographer and professor of art in Berlin, felt that the forms of the natural world, specifically those of plants, revealed an inherent order that should also be seen in the best of art. In his search for the perfect forms of nature Blossfeldt photographed plants for 33 years. His photographic work was first published as Urformen der Kunst in 1928 in both book and portfolio format with 120 photogravure prints. The work proved so popular it was reissued with the gravure plates in 1929 in Berlin, London, and New York, and later in a popular edition (Volksausgabe) of 96 lesser quality plates in 1935, 1936, 1941, 1948, and 1953. A second volume, Wundergarten der Natur (Berlin: Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 1932), with an additional 120 plates, was published in the same format (NK1560 .B54 Art Locked Stacks). Blossfeldt's sharply focused close-ups of plants strongly influenced the international development of the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) in photography. [Art copy lacks original dust wrapper.]
Blossfeldt, Karl. Urformen der Kunst.