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 usual interests are cooking, wine, horticulture, art, and old books, but lately I've been obsessed with saving for a piece of land, so I can practice sustainability and learn to live as close to the land as possible, and then help others to do the same. To relax I listen to Dharma talks. Namaste!
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