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Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel Paperback – August 25, 2008
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I love Ernst Haeckel's clean lines and intricate tesselations. Much of the book is in black and white, or green and white, but there are a few pages of brilliant color. If you're a fan of Haeckel's work, I'd highly recommend picking this one up!
My only complaint is that on a few of the prints you can see what look like a printing error, where maybe the ink ran low? It doesn't look like a part of the original drawing as the color quality fades in and out vertically
Normally when I receive new books I kind of shelve them and look through them when I have a chance, but as soon as I took this out of the box I wound up looking through it for hours. I couldn't help myself. It's just so weird and cool and amazing. The drawings are absolutely scientific, and when you glance at a page you know you are looking at a scientific drawing (this is not a traditional art book!) but the details are *AMAZING*. Mind-blowing. I could look at this book for hours. And come away totally inspired. It just made me want to grab my technical pens and sketchbook and draw for hours.
This is such a cool book. I can't recommend it enough.
The book contains images of mostly plants and sea life that demonstrate the geometric patterns in nature. The color is flawless, the pages are thick and sturdy, and each image is amazing. There are no pixelated, poorly blown-up images in this book. If you're an art lover like me, or seek drawing inspiration, this is a book for you! It's a perfect coffee table book.
I wish there were more explanations of the creatures in this book, but even with almost no text, the book stands out!
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The introductory section is detailed and well-written (for an older audience than my son, of course) but Haeckel's images speak clearly without the need for explanation. The meticulous detail of the plates is astounding. Each page features a symmetrical arrangement of etchings of related species of various classes of organism. Expect to see pages devoted to seaweeds, seaslugs, jellyfish, crustaceans, bats, fish and reptiles for example. And while these are conceptually familiar, in Haeckel's rendering they are bizarre and other-worldly. The spatial arrangement of organisms enhances the feeling of design, which is evocative of Art Nouveau style or some William Morris wallpapers. There's a mix of monochromatic and exquisite colour images and the book itself is substantial.
I can't imagine anyone not being awed and fascinated by this collection of engravings. It could change the way you look at the natural world and is surely great inspiration for artists and designers. My son loved it.
Amazing drawings of exceptional detail, every time I look through it I see something I din't the time before.
Some people have bought it to give them inspiration in their drawings, which I'm sure it does, I bought it to see if it would give me inspiration to do some unusual woodworking pieces, it does that too.
Even if you're not an artist in any kind of medium be it pencil, paint, wood, clay or crayon, this is a book worth looking at and going 'ooooh' over.