Blossfeldt, Karl (Photographer) & Wilde, Ann & Jurgen (Publisher/Editors). URFORMEN DER KUNST/ART FORMS IN NATURE: NEW EDITION AS PORTFOLIO BY ANN AND JURGEN WILDE. Cologne, Germany: Stiftung Fotografie Und Kunstwissenschaft/Ann & Jurgen Wilde,, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. Fine.

New Edition of the photography book classic. Limited Slipcased Edition of 1000 copies. Published as a portfolio. There is no ISBN. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Ann and Jurgen Wilde: Oversize-volume format. "Forest Green" cloth portfolio with gilt titles and design embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. The design, which features the spike-leafed Bourgati's Eryngo, replicates the 1928 Verlag Ernst Wasmuth First Edition. Photographs by Karl Blossfeldt. They are presented as loose plates, each of them eminently suitable for framing, inspired by the fact that MOST copies of the original have precisely (and infamously) been detached/separated from the book and framed (most famously, by the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld), for display, and in order to increase their value even more. Introductory Essay in separate Pamphlet. Bibliography that lists ALL of the editions of "Urformen der Kunst", from 1928 through 1994, an astonishing twenty-three editions in all, culled from all over the world. Matching green hard board slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, uncoated Pacific 160 GSM stock paper by Meerssen & Palm in The Netherlands to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is outstanding in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents, in its New Limited Edition, Karl Blossfeldt's "Urformen der Kunst". The Art Forms of Nature. Each photograph is presented as a loose plate, frame-able or retain-able within its elegant, durable inner portfolio and outer slipcase. Blossfeldt amassed over 6000 botanical specimens in his lifetime, a monomaniacal obsession that he then took a step further by taking photographs of them. First published more than ninety years ago, when he was 63 years old, "Urformen der Kunst" was a sensation, and led to two more sequel-volumes, "Wundergarten der Natur" ("Magic Garden of Nature", 1932) and "Wunder in der Natur" ("Magic In Nature", 1942). For here is the ultimate proof of the "intimate relationship between Art and Nature, alluding to the history of architectural ornamentation from Rococo to Renaissance to Gothic, all echoed in the tendrils, stalks, pods, and blossoms of Blossfeldt's photographs" (Vince Aletti). These historical precedents led to the Art Nouveau Movement in the 20th century (1890-1920), and served as the immediate influence and inspiration for Blossfeldt's botany. Tactile sensuousness, formal rigor, and natural beauty being immensely influential Art Nouveau ideals, Blossfeldt's flora blossomed, in its turn, as a major influence over nearly all subsequent design aesthetics, particularly Bauhaus and The New Objectivity Movement, as reflection and in rebellion at the same time. Even contemporary Minimalist design, while seemingly stripped clean of any reference to Nature, is nevertheless indebted, with its exacting emphasis on the use of all-natural materials (wood panellings, marble tiles, onyx, jasper, and agate bathrooms) and the rejection of anything synthetic or plastic. An absolute "must-have" title for Karl Blossfeldt collectors. This is a copy of the New Limited Slipcased Edition of 1000 copies. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the 1928 First Edition available online command hundreds and thousands of dollars even if they have serious flaws (missing DJ, missing pages, and so on). This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. 120 plates. Widely regarded as one of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . $500.00

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