German biologist Ernst Haeckel originally released his collection of lithographic prints, Kunstformen Der Natur (Art Forms of Nature) in sets of ten, and created a full volume of 100 prints in 1904. You can find plenty of prints cut from the pages of fauna and flora books on Ebay, none can rival the beautiful colors and compositions of Haeckel’s work. Haeckel’s illustrations concentrated on the symmetry and organization found in the organisms he studied. The book would go on to influence early 20th century art, especially the Art Nouveau movement. A second edition was printed in 1924, but only contains 30 of the prints.
Ebay seller nighthawk-gallery has an original copy of the first printing. Not the cheapest item on Ebay, but perfect for that person who has everything…except this book. Just don’t cut the pages out.
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