Equisetum hiemale

Accession Number

Equisetum hiemale

Karl Blossfeldt

Artist Nationality
German (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
rotogravure on paper

9 5/16 in x 12 1/8 in (23.65 cm x 30.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Eeta Gershow

Subject matter
Photographed from above at a slight angle, this image depicts a closeup view of a section of a plant stem. Centrally composed, it occupies most of the image. Sitting against a grey background, the organic form is cylindrical in shape, the outside lined with evenly-spaced corrugated ribs. Located past each of these ribs are holes that run down the length of the stem.  The stem is tube-like, its center hollow. Positioned in front of a powerful magnifying lens, this form was enlarged thirty times its size, rendering its delicate textures in crisp detail. Printed in matte, green-black tones, this image originally appeared in the books, Urformen der Kunst  (1928) and Art Forms in Nature (1929), and accompanied other closeup views of botanical specimens.

Physical Description
This image depicts a closeup view of a section of a plant's stem positioned against a dark background.  

Primary Object Classification

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area

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Pteridophyta (division)
Sphenophyta (division)
botanical illustrations
natural history specimens
plant fiber
scientific illustrations (images)
stem (plant material)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, 2nd floor ➜ 218 (Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker)