Like many, I’m partial to a 19th century vintage botanical print or Audubon illustration. Detailed and elegant, they lend a nostalgic flair to a room, and imply a respect for history and science. But while this week’s work, with its handwritten Latin annotations and carefully arranged subject (seaweed), was born out of that same tradition of academic enquiry, it feels utterly distinct. The shock of Prussian blue in deep contrast to the ethereal cream-colored form in the center gives the work a strangely modern feel. And so it is not surprising that the story behind this image, and the collection from which it comes, is also rather unique.
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