Achillea umbellata

Accession Number

Achillea umbellata

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
This photograph displays a closeup view of a plant’s leaves. Paddle-like and symmetrical, the leaves that extend out from the main stem are covered in a fine mass of fibrous material, lending the plant a furry appearance. The leaves are splayed throughout the center of the photograph and positioned against a light background. Using a handmade camera with a powerful magnifying lens, Blossfeldt was able to enlarge this tiny form thirty times over, creating a photograph that revealed in sumptuous clarity the plant's intricacy. 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 plants and flowers. 

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a closeup view of a plant leaf against a light background.  

Primary Object Classification

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area

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Asteraceae (family)
Plantae (kingdom)
botanical illustrations
leaves (plant components)
natural history specimens
plant material
scientific illustrations (images)

2 Related Resources

Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Family Art High-Contrast Photography Portfolio 
(Part of: Image Portfolios about Photography)

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