Friday, August 20, 2010


My wife recently started a series of drawings based on photographs of plant forms that she had been studying intently.  Those spectacular photos are from a book called KARL BLOSSFELDT: The Complete Published Work.  That his photos were meant as pedagogical guides rather than as works of art makes them even more interesting, as the baggage of pretense is stripped away and the forms are truly examined.  Given that Blossfeldt lived from 1865-1932,  and that his work predates Surrealism, Color Field Painting,  and Conceptual Art,  he can be seen as a true visual innovator.  This is naturalism re-examined,  the decorative arts torn from the chains of Classicism,  and the idea of beauty re-defined. Check this modest man's work out.

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