Free Ernst Haeckel prints of fabulous nature wall art

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Wonderful Nature Posters to Download from Ernst Haeckel “Kunstformen der Natur”

When I first came across these wonderful Ernst Haeckel prints, I couldn’t wait to share them. These are some of the most beautiful vintage nature art drawings I have I seen.

The vintage biological illustrations just blew me away. I can’t wait to get a few of these nature wall art prints on my wall. I will also be crafting with them.

Ernst Haeckel was a German zoologist, naturalist and artist in the 20th century who discovered, described, painted and named thousands of new species in the animal kingdom.

All the Ernst Haeckel prints are from his most famous book “Kunstformen der Natur” which aptly translates as “Artform In Nature”. As these illustrations transcend science into art.

His beautiful 20th Century nature drawings influenced other disciplines such as architecture art and design. Artists within the Art Nouveau movement were particularly influenced by Haeckel’s prints.

cover to Ernst Haeckel book "Kunst-Formen von Natur"

For this curated collection of Ernst Haeckel prints, I have just concentrated on his marine illustrations. As these are the most beautiful and art like.

I’ve divided the collection into 2 parts, firstly the colourful illustrations and secondly the monochrome prints.

To download a higher resolution Ernst Haeckel print just click on the title above the image you want.

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The Colour Ernst Haeckel Prints

Free printable Ernst Haeckel Prints

1. Siphonophorae Marine Creatures

Siphonophorae are marine creatures such as jellyfish and corals.   They appear to be a single organism, each specimen is, in fact, a colonial organism composed of small individual animals called zooids that have their own special function for survival.

Some Siphonophorae are know to be up to 50 meters in length and others can emit light. Some such as the Portuguese Man O’ War have a deadly sting.

Siphonophorae Ernst Haeckel prints

2. Desmidiaes – Green Algae

These Ernst Haeckel prints of green algae are a great example of the finding artform in nature.

Green Algae Print Kunstformen Der Natur

3. Actiniae – Sea Anemones

A colourful vintage illustration of sea anemones in their marine environment. Sea anemones are actually named after the anemone flower because of their lovely colours and the way they look.

Sea anemones are similar to jellyfish and coral in that most sea anemones capture their prey with stings and toxins. Some of them are even highly toxic to humans and these toxins in some cases can be lethal.

Sea Anemones Ernst Haeckel prints

4. Ascidiea – Sea Squirts

These beautiful colourful illustrations of Ernst Haeckel are sea squirts. Depending on the species and habitat, sea squirts come in a variety of colours such as green, yellow, red, orange, pink, blue, brown or white.

They get their name as when touched the sea squirt ejects water from the siphon.

Sea squirts are marine creatures that feed by filtering. They absorb water with edible bits through the siphon and then separate the nutritious plankton and algae from the water. A few species of sea squirts have tentacles to catch jellyfish and other small fish.

sea squirts Ernst Haeckel prints

5. Anthomedusa – Marine Creatures

These marine creatures in this Ernst Haeckel illustration are known as Anthoathecata.

Vintage marine life print.

6. Discomedusae – Marine Creatures

These are a kind of jellyfish. This is probably one of the more popular of Ernst Haeckel’s prints of marine life.

Ernst Haeckel Print Discomedusae

7. Discomedusae 2 – Marine Creatures

A second beautiful vintage illustration of these jellyfish by Ernst Haeckel.

8. Pectanthis asteroides – Marine Life

Another nature artform Ernst Haeckel poster of Jellyfish.

Pectanthis asteroides Ernst Haeckel

9. Asteridea – Starfish

An artistic nature illustration of starfish. There are over 1,500 species of starfish and they inhabit all the world’s oceans, from the tropics to polar waters.

Starfish are invertebrates only found in marine water. They typically have five arms in a star shape, hence their name. Starfish don’t have a brain or blood. If they lose an arm they can grow another one over time.

Asteridea - Starfish

10. Copepoda – Marine life

Copepods are a group of small crustaceans found in nearly every freshwater and saltwater habitat. Their name means “oar” like.

Copepoda are thought to be the most abundant single species on the planet. These tiny creatures are key to the oceans food change.

Copepods Vintage Print

The Monochrome Marine Life Prints

1. Acanthophracta – Marine Life

These are tiny marine organisms made up of Protazoa. The pattern of these organisms drawn by Ernst Haeckel is wonderful. When I first saw them I thought they were snowflake illustrations.

Acanthophracta print

2. Acephala – Bivalves

Acephala are bivalves such as cockles, oysters, muscles, scallops and clams. There are over 30,000 species of bivalves. The size of the shells of the bivalve varies greatly from tiny 0.5mm nut clams to giant clams.  The giant clam Tridacna gigas, which can grow to a length of 1.2m and a weight of more than 200 kg.

Scallops and file clams can swim to escape a predator, clapping their valves together to create a jet of water. Cockles can use their foot to leap from danger.

Bivalves Acephala print

3. Bryozoa – Aquatic Invertebrates

There are approximately 4,000 species of Bryozoa. Colony forms vary among the different species, ranging from flat, encrusted sheets to folded, leaflike bushes.

If a piece of a bryozoan colony breaks off, the piece can continue to grow and form a new colony.

Bryozoans use tiny mobile pincers called “avicularia” to pluck off any settlers that land on them.

Ernst Haeckel Print Bryozoa

4. Cirripedia – Barnacles

Barnacles are marine creatures that live in shallow and tidal waters. They attach themselves to hard surfaces including the hulls of ships and boats.

They are even found glued for the body of whales, turtles, crabs and other sea creatures. Most animals are not even aware of barnacles on their body because they do not produce harmful effects. 

Cirripedia Barnacles

5. Cubomedusae – Box Jellyfish

The big box jellyfish is the most venomous jellyfish on the planet. It is so venomous it will kill you within two minutes if you receive two meters or more of tentacle contact.

The only predators of jellyfish are turtles. Thanks to a thick skin and shell, turtles are not affected by box jellyfish stings. In fact, only their eyes can be stung.

Ernst Haeckel drawings box jellyfish

6. Discomedusae – Jellyfish

Another Ernst Haeckel jellyfish print. A few years ago I visited a jellyfish aquarium at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, it was one of the most amazing marine displays I have ever seen. The jellyfish prints of Ernst Haeckel really remind me of that experience.

Discomedusae Poster

6. Thalamphora – Ernst Haeckel Prints

A poster of marine curiosities and a beautiful example of Ernst Haeckel artistry.

Thalamphora Ernst Haeckel

If you liked these stunning artistic nature prints of Ernst Haeckel then you should check out some of my other free vintage sea life illustrations.

22 thoughts on “Free Ernst Haeckel prints of fabulous nature wall art

  1. These are such gorgeous prints! My mind is whirring with lots of ideas how to use them! Thanks so much for participating in our Party in Your PJs link party. You’re awesome!

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