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Ernst Haeckel Vintage Discomedusae Art Print
|Size||in cm||in inches|
|A5||14,8 x 21 cm||5.8 x 8.3 in|
|A4||21 x 29,7 cm||8.3 x 11.7 in|
|A3||29,7 x 42 cm||11.7 x 16.5 in|
|A2||42 x 59,4 cm||16.5 x 23.4 in|
|A1||59,4 x 84,1 cm||23.4 x 33.1 in|
|A0||84,1 x 118,9 cm||33.1 x 46.8 in
This is one of my best-selling prints: a gorgeous reproduction from my original "Art Forms in Nature,” over 100 years old. This was originally created between 1899-1905 by the incredibly prolific and sought-after biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist Ernst Haeckel. Known for his brilliant coloration and artistic and near-hallucinogenic style, he was a master of marrying art and science in a way that is still unrivalled today. This work has had a great influence on Art Nouveau, also through René Binet's "Esquisses décoratives," inspired by Haeckel.
Haeckel was a prominent figure in biology in Germany during the 19th century. Early in life, Haeckel came into contact with the writings of great naturalists as Matthias Jacob Schleiden, Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin, the latter of whom he even met in 1866. His special field of interest as a researcher were the radiolarians. From radiolarian specimens, collected during the Challenger expedition (1872 – 1876), he alone described more than 3500 new species.
Haeckel's main aim in publishing the hundred plates in the "Art Forms in Nature" was an aesthetic one. He wanted to give educated people an insight into the beautiful treasure of beauty – hidden in the depths of sea or only visible through the lens of a microscope. To him, the beauty of mammals and other higher life forms were already known to humans all along human history, whereas the ornamental or geometrical beauty of lower lifeforms was until 1900 unknown. That is why he published such a high number of plates about those lower lifeforms, for example 27 plates on jellyfish 22 plates on protists and 10 plates on starfish.
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Materials: low acid heavyweight cotton paper,archival pigments