Lorenz Oken, also known as Lorenz Okenfuss. Born August 1st, 1779, died aged 72, was a celebrated German naturalist. In fact, he was one of the most prominent German “nature philosophers” in the early 19th century, a philosophy that believed life came from a force that could not be totally understood through science.
I bring him to your attention today for his work in the highly sought-after series of books titled Oken’s Lehrbuch der Naturgeschichte. This was originally a seven-volume series of books covering all areas of the natural world.
We were fortunate enough to get our hands on the much rarer larger format book (roughly A3 sized), containing some of the most beautiful natural history illustrations (many of which were hand colored) from the talented hands of Johann Conrad Susemihl.
You can explore and download the entire collection from this wonderful book here. Also, aside from providing the raw scans, we’ve meticulously isolated many of these illustrations from their original backgrounds – making them super easy to work with for modern creators. And as of the time this article was published, we are continuing to work on the collection (Each image takes between 20 minutes to 2 hours to isolate!)
In the product below, available via Tom Chalky, you’ll see a variety of ‘Bugs and Beasts‘ found within some of Okens’ prints. These isolated images are also available individually via the Library for premium members of the Library.
View the Full Lorenz Okens’ Collection
100s of Images from this Series Available via our Library