Else Bostelmann Vegetable Illustrations

In a 1949 National Geographic I found these illustrations of vegetables by Else Bostelmann. The subject matter, vegetables, appealed to me, as does anything related to horticulture and botany, and the artistry is top-notch, nice compositions, contrast, and colors. But I knew there had to be something else that made these illustrations stand out, and as I leafed through them, it dawned on me. Each plant is painted in it’s native habitat. Now that’s harmony! And in harmony there is beauty…

Globe Artichoke

asparagus and endive beets and swiss chard broccoli and cauliflower cabbage carrots celery chinese_cabbage corn cowpeas cucumber eggplant kale lettuce lima beans melons brussells sprouts okra onions peas peppers potatoes pumpkin radishes rhubarb salsify and parsnip soybeans squash sweet potatoes tomatoes turnips and rutabagas watermelon

About redbudart

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, Oregon. My passions are cuisine, wine, horticulture, art, and vintage things, especially old books. I moved here in 2014, work a day job in finance, and spend the rest of my time working on my dream of living off the land, and teaching young people how to as well. Stop by my Etsy shops, where all proceeds are going towards the goal. Thank you and Namaste!
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