Ernst Haeckel was a German philosopher, physician, naturalist, biologist and artist. With exceptional precision, he captured microscopic organisms, plants and animals and because of that, he changed the way that many of us considered the relationship between art and science. Haeckel produced illustrations that people could actually take in and understand. His images brought the tropical and remote into our daily lives.
Haeckel was no ‘stay at home biologist.’ He traveled a lot. On his trips he discovered several thousand new species. Next to species, he introduced us to many biological terms that we still use today, like the word ecology. THANKS ERNST! But what we think is even cooler is that modern technologies confirmed the accuracy of Haeckel's prints.
Yep, you could say Art Forms in Nature is a great record of life on Earth. Some prints still look like something out of a Star Wars movie, so imagine how they must have seemed to their late Victorian audience. Not only was the collection of plates well-received by scientists, they also influenced artists and designers to this day. Rene Binet, Emile Galle and Karl Blossfeld all refer to Ernst Haeckel in their work.