Item #14826 WUNDERGARTEN DER NATUR. Karl Blossfeldt.


Berlin: Verlag, (1932). First edition. hardcover. 4to. The second book in Blossfeldt's trilogy. Lacking the dust jacket but otherwise complete with all 120 full page photogravures of plants. Blossfeldt, never formally trained in photography, made many of his photographs with a camera that he altered to photograph plant surfaces with unprecedented magnification. His pictures achieved notoriety among the artistic avant-garde with the support of gallerist Karl Nierendorf, who mounted a solo show of the pictures paired with African sculptures at his gallery in 1926 and, subsequently, produced the first edition of Blossdeldt’s monograph Urformen der Kunst (Art forms in nature), in 1928. Following the enormous success of the book, Blossfeldt published a second volume of his plant pictures, titled Wundergarten der Natur (The magic garden of nature), in 1932. The clarity, precision, and apparent lack of mediation of his pictures, along with their presentation as analogues for essential forms in art and architecture, won him acclaim from the champions of New Vision photography. His work was a central feature of important exhibitions, including Fotografie der Gegenwart and Film und Foto, both in 1929. A very good plus copy with foxing to the endpapers and pastedowns. Item #14826

Price: $1,250.00

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