Harter's Picture Archive for Collage and Illustration: Over 300 19th Century Cuts (Dover Pictorial Archive)
visión de conjunto:Reseña del editor Multitude of strangely beautiful natural forms: Radiolaria Foraminifera Ciliata diatoms calcareous sponges Siphonophora star corals starfishes Protozoa flagellates brown seaweed jellyfishes sea-lilies moss animals sea-urchins glass sponges leptomedusae horny corals trunkfishes true sea slugs anthomedusae horseshoe crabs sea-cucumbers octopuses bats orchids sea wasps seahorse a dragonfish a frogfish much more. All images in black and white. Contraportada Ernst Heinrich Haeckel (18341919) was renowned as one of the foremost early exponents of Darwinism. His work was credited with having caused the acceptance of Darwinism in Europe and his popular studies?preaching the continuity of all life organic and inorganic from prehistoric time to the present?converted tens of thousands of readers all over the world. Today although no one is greatly interested in Haeckel the biologist-philosopher his work is increasingly prized for something he himself would probably have considered secondary. These are the remarkable plates with which his work was illustrated particularly his famousKunstformen. The Kunstformen contains 100 beautiful lithographic plates which show a multitude of unusual life forms: Radiolaria Foraminifera and other forms of microscopic life; jellyfishes starfishes calcareous sponges star corals barnacles and other sea life; mosses lichens red algae ferns fungi orchids and other plants; and turtles moths spiders bats frogs lizards hummingbirds and antelope. With many drawings on each plate each carefully drawn from nature the subtle details of nature's art forms are easily compared and appreciated.In addition to being marvelous renderings these plates have long been noted for the peculiar emotional appeal that they have for most viewers a premonition of surrealism with exotic organic life forms stretching back to their roots in the inorganic and individual details drawn with awareness of subtle evolutionary changes and millennia-long developments. Artists illustrators and others will find them still powerful as one of the landmarks of applied art.Complete reprinting of all 100 plates from Kunstformen der Natur (1904).