Art forms in nature : the prints of Ernst Haeckel.
Haeckel, Ernst, 1834-1919
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Munich ; New York : Prestel, c1998.
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139 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm.
ISBN
3791319906
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imprint
Munich ; New York : Prestel, c1998.
isbn
3791319906
general note
Color plates reproduced from the first edition Kunstformen der Natur, Leipzig and Vienna, Bibliographisches Institut 1904.
catalogue key
2323394
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. This volume highlights the research and findings of this natural scientist.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-03-01:
Haeckel's 100 plates of drawings illustrate the symmetries present in both botanical and zoological forms. Included are microscopic organisms (notably radiolaria), snails, ferns, algae, fish, antelopes, bats, fish, birds, all drawn and arranged to illustrate constellations of symmetry. About a third of the plates are in full color. Consistent with the emphasis on symmetry, no scale is provided to fix the size of the specimens. For Haeckel (1834-1919), each plate was evidence that similarities of form represent actual continuous lines of descent in evolution, lines that he illustrated elsewhere as evolutionary trees. In addition to the exquisitely drawn plates, this newly published edition includes a brief set of instructions for viewing the pictures, an essay on Haeckel as both artist and scientist, a biographical outline, and a list identifying all specimens. Haeckel's role in the acceptance of Darwin on the Continent, the impact of his drawings on architecture, and the influence of Art Nouveau on his drawings are all discussed in the accompanying essays. It was Haeckel's hope that his drawings would contribute to a broad consciousness of the symmetries of the organic and increased respect for nature. A beautiful book. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. A. B. Stewart; emeritus, Antioch College
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The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Haeckel's prints still influence artists today. This volume highlights the research and findings of this outstanding natural scientist.
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The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. This volume highlights the research and findings of this natural scientist. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints, which even in their day, became world famous. Haeckel's portfolio, first published between 1899 and 1904 in separate installments, is described in the opening essays. The plates illustrate Haeckel's fundamental monistic notion of the "unity of all living things" and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy. Incipient microscopic organisms are juxtaposed with highly developed plants and animals. The pages, ordered according to geometric and "constructive" aspects, document the oness of the world in its most diversified forms. This collection of plates was not only well-received by scientists, but by artists and architects as well. Rene Binet, a pioneer of glass and iron constructions, Emile Galle, a renowned Art Nouveau designer, and the photographer Karl Blossfeld all make explicit reference to Haeckel in their work.
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The geometric shapes & natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists & designers to this day. This attractive volume highlights the research & findings of this outstanding natural scientist. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints which, even in their day, rightly become world famous.
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The geometric shapes and natural forms, captured with exceptional precision in Ernst Haeckel's prints, still influence artists and designers to this day. This attractive volume highlights the research and findings of this outstanding natural scientist. Powerful modern microscopes have confirmed the accuracy of HaecKel's prints winch, even in their day, rightly became world famous.Haeckel's outstanding portfolio, first published between 1899 and 1904 in separate installments, is described in the opening essays. The plates illustrate Haeckel's fundamental monistic notion of the "unity of all living things", and the wide variety of forms are executed with utmost delicacy. Incipient microscopic organisms are juxtaposed with highly developed plants and animals. The pages, ordered according to geometric and "constructive" aspects, handsomely document the oneness of the world in its most diversified forms.This collection of plates was not only well-received by scientists, but by artists and architects as well. Rene Binet, a pioneer of glass and iron constructions, Emile Galle, a renowned Art Nouveau designer, and the photographer Karl Blossfeld all acknowledge and make explicit reference to Haeckel in their work.

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