The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Friday, December 31, 2010

F. Luis Mora (1874-1940) America's First Hispanic Master: Seated Nude Boy With Flute

Book Review: F. Luis Mora ... America's First Hispanic Master, by Lynne Pauls Baron

Cover Illustration: F. Luis Mora, Self-portrait, 1905


Lynn Pauls Baron of Baron Art Estate Managers, LLC, Madison, Ct., has written the definitive book on the life and work of F. Luis Mora (1874-1940). If you are interested in the life, times, and work of this great artist, then I highly recommend the Baron book. She and her associates have done a wonderful job of researching this fine artist.

Francis Luis Mora was the son of one painter and sculptor, and the brother of another. He was a well known illustrator, muralist, and portraitist whose work reflects a blend of Spanish and modern-American influences. Mora was born in Uruguay in 1874. his father Domingo Mora, was a well known artist himself, who gave Mora his early influences and training. The family moved to the United States and Mora attended school in New Jersey, New York City, and Boston. He studied drawing with Frank Benson and Edmund Tarbell at the Boston museum of Fine Arts. he later studied under H. Siddons Mowbray at the Art Students League in New York City. He traveled to Europe to study the great paintings of the old masters. By age 18, Mora was doing illustrations for leading periodicals. In 1900 he received a commission for a mural in the public library of Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1904 he painted the Missouri State Building mural for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. He painted portraits of the greats of his day, including Andrew Carnegie and President Warren G. Harding, which hangs in the White House.

Mora worked in oils, watercolor, charcoal, and pastels. In addition, he produced etchings and sculpture. Like his mentors, Tarbell and Benson, he captured the flavor of leisure life. Mora taught at the Art Students League, the Grand Central School of Arts, and the New York School of Art, New York, N.Y.

Here are a few examples of the many beautiful illustrations in the Baron book:

F. Luis Mora - American Gladiators... 1905

F. Luis Mora ... Head Lock .. 1907

Domingo Mora - An Interesting Book....(Luis Napping) 1880

Domingo Mora .... Catching flies (Jo Napping) 1880

F. Luis Mora ... Jo Mora, ca. 1911

F. Luis Mora... Female Nude ... 1892

Book Title: F. Luis Mora: America's First Hispanic Master (1874-1940)
Author: Lynne Pauls Baron
Publisher: Falk Art Reference, Madison, Ct (2008)
ISBN: 10 0-932087-62-0

This academic drawing of a seated nude boy with flute came into my collection several years ago directly from Lynne Pauls Baron's Gallery in New England. It dates from the early years of his career and is most probably an academic study from his student days.

Caption: Seated Nude Boy With Flute
Artist: F. Luis Mora
Medium: Charcoal on paper
Dated: July 1890

Here are a few examples of Luis Mora's Academic works:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Porzellanfabrik Karl Ens: Young Bacchus - A. Berger - circa 1910

I managed to snag a copy of this nice figurative nude on a German auction site this evening. I first saw it on eBay Germany several weeks ago but the price was a bit much for my sagging purse after shelling out mega bucks for two bronzes. It is a product of the Porzellanfabrik Karl Ens, former East Germany, and is, from what I can tell, somewhat rare. The Karl Ens Porcelain Factory dates from the late 19th century (1890) to 1972 and produced a long line of genre porcelain figurines. The subject matter appears to be a young Bacchus.

Johannes Gotz (1865-1934) Jugendstil Bronze: Balancierender Knabe Auf Kugel (Boy Balancing on a Ball)

Portrait of the Artist:

Several weeks ago I promised to photograph the Johannes Gotz bronze so here are the additional photographs. I also found additional biographic information on the artist on the National Gallery of Art website, which I will quote below:

Johannes Gotz was born in Furth, Germany in 1865. He attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Nuremberg from 1881 to 1884, and went on to study sculpture with Fritz Schaper (1841-1919) at the Berlin Akademische Hochschule in 1884 and 1885. Thereafter, like so many young German sculptors of his generation, he joined the Berlin Studio of the Imperial sculptor Reinhold Begas (1831-1911), where he was employed from 1885 to 1890. As a Begas pupil, Gotz created his Boy Balancing on a Ball (Balancierende Knabe), modeled in 1888; a bronze cast was acquired by the Berlin Nationalgalerie in 1889. In 1892-1893 he received a state stipend to study in Rome, where he modeled Girl Drawing Water, another genre bronze. Gotz continued to collaborate with Begas on major projects to adorn Berlin at the behest of Kaiser Wilhelm II, an ambitious patron of monumental sculpture. Beginning in 1893, Gotz contributed regularly to exhibitions in Berlin with portrait busts, genre groups, and statuettes. The Gladenbeck foundry in Berlin-Friedrichshagen issued reductions of Gotz's works, from the Boy Balancing on a Ball to Achilles (below).


Here are a few additional examples of the artist's works:

La Porteuse d'eau ...
Runner at the Start.........

Antiger Jungling Mit Falke und Bogen...

Achilles.... Completed 1910

Woman Holding a Wreath ...

Monday, December 20, 2010

European Gallery and Antiques Dealer Offerings

This weekend I spent some time browsing mostly European Antiques websites searching for figurative works before I get back to photographing the remaining drawings in my collection. I was surprised that the variety of figurative works is somewhat sparce in this genre of sales. Auction sites and European eBay sites seem to be far more fertile in offerings. I culled out what I found and have listed them below. Enjoy.
Georges Brasseur (1880-1950) T'echange et le Commerce (gouache)

Jean-Bernard Restout (American ..1732-1796) Morpheus

Anne-Louis Girodet DeRoussy Frison (1767-1824) Study for Endumion

Xavier Bricard ... Nude of a Sofa - 1920

F. Fabry...Title Unknown

Emile Fabry (1865-1966) Adam & Eve

Constantin Meunier (1831-1905)

Clemens Prussen (1888-1966) Nude with Child in Landscape 1930

Andre Louis Lambert (?) Title Unknown --- 19th Century Swiss School


Adrien Etienne Gaudez ... David - 1880

Title unknown ...after Edme Dumont


Ferdinand Frick ..Girl playing with a Cat ...1900

Ferdinand Lugerth (1885-1915)

H. LeVasseur ....

Henri dropsy ..... Education d'Hurcule ...1924

Jean Debo (1888-1964)

Jean Verschneider - Girl with Fruit 1920

Lawrence Dupuy ... Dancing Nude with Cymbals .... 1910

Louis Barrias ... Boy Lifting a Vase ... 1880

St. Andre de Cubzac, Paris, 1912