Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Karl Blossfeldt: Clematis heracleifolia

Clematis heracleifolia, commonly called Tube Clematis, is a shrub of 2-3 feet, not the vine that is more typically associated with clematises. It is a "type 3" clematis, meaning that it should be pruned hard in the springtime because it blossoms on new growth.

A few more facts about Karl Bloßfeldt
1. He is considered a pioneer of New Objectivity (in German, Neue Sachlichkeit) in photography, an art movement in Germany that arose in deliberate opposition to Expressionism, which looks at the world from a subjective perspective.
2. Published in 1928, Bloßfeldt's Urformen der Kunst (Art Forms in Nature) showed photographs from his collection which was begun in 1896. Almost all the photographs were taken with the same camera.
3. Bloßfeldt used techniques with the microscope to enlarge botanical subjects from 3-15 times (sometimes, in late work, up to 45 times).
4. His work was "discovered" in the 1920s by Karl Nierendorf, an art dealer whose entire estate, including works by Paul Klee and Joan Miró, was purchased by the Guggenheim.

A few facts about Karl Bloßfeldt


  1. Patricia, this is fascinating! It's baffling how much photography changed the world of visual arts. Looks like I have some reading up to do on this one :)

  2. I'm taken by Blossfeldt's using the same camera throughout his career. I don't think that would happen now.