Monday, January 4, 2010
Garden History Image of the Week: Garden of Caterpillars by Ernst Kreidolf
from the online exhibition of 'Creepy-Crawlies' at Princeton University's Cotsen Children's Library:
"This is the caterpillar garden of Herr Hermelin, the ghostly white figure in the lower left-hand corner. He visits the pen every morning before breakfast, so he can admire their gorgeous coloration, stroke their backs, and make sure that each of his beauties is getting its favorite vegetation and is feeding well."
Kreidolf (1863-1956) was one of the most important Art Nouveau book illustrators in the German-speaking world. The anthropomorphized plants and animals inhabiting the pages of his Sommervogel are among his most haunting creations."