Stunning Trilogy-Collection of all the important photography – books published by Karl Blossfeldt in their original state. The collection includes: 1. “Urformen der Kunst” (″Art Forms in Nature” in the first popular edition from 1935, with its rare, original dustjacket) / 2. “Wundergarten der Natur” – Neue Folge ‘Urfomen der Kunst’ – (First Edition of “Art Forms In Nature: Second Series” from 1932 in its most desirable version: this being the super-rare and sought-after portfolio edition with 120 loose photographic plates) / 3. Wunder in der Natur (First edition in its original state with the rare dustjacket). “Wunder in der Natur” was the third and final publication of Blossfeldt’s seminal photography books, of which “Urformen der Kunst” and “Wundergarten der Natur” are counted as solely responsible for giving the new school of “Neue Sachlichkeit”/″New Objectivity” momentum.
Three Volumes. Berlin, Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft / Ernst Wasmuth / Schmidt & Guenther, 1932-1942. Folio. Pagination: I. “Urformen der Kunst” [Art Forms in Nature]– XVI pages Introduction by Karl Nierendorf and 96 full-page plates / II. Wundergarten Der Natur [Magic Garden of Nature] Neue Bilddokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen – 6 page booklet and 120 loose plates in the original brick-red card chemise publisher’s portfolio / III. Wunder In Der Natur [Miracles in Nature] – Bild-Dokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen – Frontispiece portrait of Blossfeldt (tipped-in) and 120 black-and-white full-page photogravures by Blossfeldt. Original Hardcover with the rare illustrated dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear to the portfolio-chemise and some fraying to the dustjacket of “Urformen der Kunst”. A rare chance to acquire all three Blossfeldt-classics at once and in their most exceptional state.
The philosopher Walter Benjamin declared that Karl Blossfeldt ‘has played his part in that great examination of the inventory of perception, which will have an unforeseeable effect on our conception of the world’. He compared him to László Moholy-Nagy and the pioneers of New Objectivity, and ranked his achievements alongside the great photographers August Sander and Eugene Atget. The Surrealists also championed him, and George Bataille included his images in the periodical Documents in 1929.
Karl Blossfeldt (June 13, 1865 – December 9, 1932) was a German photographer, sculptor, teacher, and artist who worked in Berlin, Germany. He is best known for his close-up photographs of plants and living things, published in 1929 as Urformen der Kunst. He was inspired, as was his father, by nature and the ways in which plants grow. He believed that “the plant must be valued as a totally artistic and architectural structure.” Among his students at the Berlin Arts and Crafts School was Heinz Warneke. From 1923, he was professor at the Vereinigte Staatsschulen für freie und angewandete Kunst (United State’s Schools for Fine and Applied Art) in Berlin, Germany. He died aged 67. (Wikipedia)