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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (1 Aug 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791319906
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791319902
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 24.1 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Beautifully drawn forms…a wealth of opportunity for translation into…designs…A very good price for a lot of inspiration.’ -- Workshop on the Web, September 2005

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Hall on 27 Dec 2003
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I utterly adore this book. It's one that I come back to time and time again for visual inspiration. It is undoubtably beautiful to look at but it's also completely nutty in that delightfully mad Victorian way. People tend to think of this sort of very detailed drawing as being very accurate and as being "real art", yet nothing in nature is as symmetrical or refined as Haeckel drew it. He created an erzatz nature, a nature that is highly sylised to the extent that his forms read not as natural but as profoundly alien. The way he drew was not realism, but an extension of his scientific beliefs. Haeckel was a fervent believer in Darwinism and the essay at the beginning of the book is an interesting exploration of the way in which his belief overrode his scientific objectiveness, to the extent that his scientific research has since been proven totally false. He committed the cardinal sin in the scientific world of falsifying his data to fit his theories. Yet artistically he remains an influential yet little known figure, whose engravings played a huge part in the development of Art Nouveau and continue to inspire artists to this day. His work deserves to be much better known and this book should be on the shelves of every artist, designer and visually literate person.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Crysalis on 21 Dec 2006
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This is a book based on natural organism that we rarely see and yet the forms and shapes are amazing it is like seeing the creatures for the deep which exsist but we rarely see, the ones that seem so alien to us when we do get to see pictures of them.

This is one of the books that i have used over and over to inspire me for new projects.

i have also given or recogmended this book to countless amount of people in various craft fields from knitters to embroiders to jewellers and potters.

it is one of the inspiration sources that Antonio Gaudi used for some of his designs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MattM on 12 Mar 2009
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In every sense of the word. There's something relentlessly fascinating about this book, it's a monument to obsession, to the scientific viewpoint, to nature, too. The introductory essay is tedious beyond words, but still puts the images themselves in context - and what images. Timeless, intricate, bordering on heavy metal at times, with their spikes and prongs. These starkest images of micro-skeletons etc are the ones I treasure most. Unearthly - yet also simply a clear view on what is really there, in our world. Every home should have a copy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Fortnum on 6 April 2010
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this book is of great quality, good coloured images, easy to read text. i am doing an art foundation course and this book includes all the information you would require from a bibliography about the artist. theres a good quantity of images which you can not access off the internet, it includes a wide range of works. overall a great book, well worth the money.Art Forms in Nature: Prints of Ernst Haeckel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lizzee on 19 Feb 2012
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Having used the 1974 version of 'Art Forms in Nature' as a well-used reference for lots of art projects, I felt I would also use this. Which I have, but alongside my older one, as this edition does not have all the same prints, whilst this newer edition has some the old one doesn't. A great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. E. W on 27 Dec 2012
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Beautiful!!!
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bryony on 31 Dec 2010
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another beautifully printed book of amazing drawings and prints by Ernst Haeckel. For anyone that loves detail and patterns.
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By Alex Conacher on 27 April 2014
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Words cannot express the intricacy and sheer majesty of the representations on display here. I suggest you order this be you artist, biologist or have a mere fascination with extraordinary art. Art that is based on the living and the dead inhabiting our world every precious second.
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