The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

I came across the bizarre image and story reading about Cryptids on Wiki. A Cryptid is any animal, creature or in this case a plant that has been reported to have existed, but has not been proven ie: Loch Ness Monster or Yeti…

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary (Latin: Agnus scythicus or Planta Tartarica Barometz) is a semi-legendary plant of central Asia, believed to grow sheep as its fruit. The sheep were connected to the plant by an umbilical and grazed the land around the plant. When all the plants were gone, both the plant and sheep died. Read more…

Image Taken from From: Lee, H. 1887. The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary: a Curious Fable of the Cotton Plant, to Which Is Added a Sketch of the History of Cotton and the Cotton Trade. S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London.

El Lissitzky, Poster 1929

El Lissitzky – Poster for the Russian Exhibition in Zurich, 1929, and the original photomontage prep work.

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky (1890 – 1941), better known as El Lissitzky was a Russian artist, designer, photographer, teacher, typographer, and architect. His work greatly influenced the Bauhaus, Constructivist, and De Stijl movements and experimented with production techniques and stylistic devices that would go on to dominate 20th century graphic design. Read more…

This inspiring image combines several of Lissitzky’s aforementioned skills, but best of all I really like the androgynous male/female illustration looking out of the frame – future gazing – in a way that typifies much of Constructivist Photomontage.

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