March 30, 2012

art forms in nature

I have a special place in my heart for 19th century animal and botanical illustrations (that's normal, right?) but never explored any of them in depth so when I saw the beautiful work of Ernst Haeckel on Lily Stockman's blog I promptly ordered Art Forms in Nature. Stealing some time in the quiet minutes during nap earlier this week I poured over the 100 pages of monographs with wide-eyed delight; just, you know, geeking out over the wonderous and other-worldly renderings of hydromedusae, mollusca, tineola bisselliella, etc.










p.s. did you know Beatrix Potter was also a talented and skillful botanical artist but wasn't allowed to show her work in a proper gallery because she was a GIRL? But it was okay for her to illustrate her own children's books about Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck (which I adore too of course!). Gotta do some researching!

happy weekend!

xo
c.

9 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous illustrations Cortnie, thanks for sharing them! Craziness about Beatrix Potter. Recently we went to the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Santa fe, talk about stunning art forms, more abstract in many ways, but simply stunning.

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  2. These are incredible. I think I need to buy this book and frame some of these- just beautiful!!

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  3. MJ, the Georgia O'Keeffe museum sounds amazing - I'd love to see it one day.

    Nicole, I totally plan on buying a second copy of the book just for framing. ;)

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  4. Wow. Awesome imagery. Being a girl seems so much better now. Lucky us.

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  5. oh wow... these are beautiful!

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  6. Your pictures are lovely. I would love to get my hands on this coffee table book, they're more fun than magazines.

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  7. That's absolutely normal! I'm the same, and even a lover of really old encyclopedias... :)

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  8. Thanks, Denise and Kelly Ann! Bekuh, I know how you feel - I haven't really and truly read a magazine in a looong time. ;)

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  9. Stunning, Cortnie! What a wonderful post. And an interesting fact about the enchanting Beatrix Potter. So much repressed talent back then.

    x

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