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Book Illustration, Art Forms in Nature, Second Series; Hordeum distichum (Barley), 1932

This is a Book Illustration. It was published by E. Weyhe. It is dated 1932. Its medium is photographic reproduction on paper. It is a part of the Smithsonian Libraries department.

Karl Blossfeldt, a German photographer, sculptor, teacher, and artist who worked in Berlin, first published Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) in the late 1920s; it was later followed by English editions. Throughout the series, Blossfeldt presents close-up images of plant details photographed in a stark setting. As the title suggests, the photographs reveal the intricate form and structure of each specimen, often visually transforming them into objects that appear to be industrially manufactured rather than found in nature. The plant forms, structures, patterns, and textures in Art Forms in Nature continue to inspire designers today.

It is credited Collection of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 53 × 32.5 cm (20 7/8 × 12 13/16 in.)

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