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LEENDERT BLOK: SILENT BEAUTIES -- PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 1920S. Gilles Clement. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 176 pp. with 80 ills. (62 col.). 27 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783775740371 In English.
Publisher's description: Leendert Blok experimented with color photography and the use of the panoramic format. In the 1920s, the Dutch photographer worked in close collaboration with flower producers, providing color prints and autochromes for the display catalogues of the various species they cultivated. Blok portrayed flowers as objects of desire, using the Autochrome Lumiere technique. For Blok, photography related above all to the gaze. Muted tones and soft bronze hues reveal a timeless world of flora, in which corolla, petals and buds are sublimated by chiaroscuro. The flowers stand out against a plain dark background, alluding to the famous vanitas genre of the Dutch Golden Age. Tulips, dahlias, daffodils, irises, hyacinths and peonies reveal themselves in all their glorious diversity. Blok's photographs are reminiscent of botanists' slides of yore, immersing us in the immanence of plant life, in which each flower becomes a sculpture.
Artist(s):Blok, Leendert
Indexing: Western, Europe — Netherlands — 1900-1945 — Photography
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 169582
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