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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Paul Abel Lefebvre (1859 - ?) Etude de Jeune Homme

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France

I stumbled upon this beautiful drawing on a blog of French Museums today and just had to share it with you. I wish it were in my collection but it hangs on the wall of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, France. It has to be one of the most sensual, sensitive, and beautifully executed academic drawings I think I have ever seen. It just bowled me over when I saw it. My word, to have that man's talent and eye for detail, not to mention his drawing skills. The perfect command of his materials as the artist uses counter juxtaposition of light and dark, cast shadow and reflected light, is really superb. The execution of this young ephebe with posing stick is beautiful and flawless. I have a similar subject matter in my collection which came out of an auction house in New York and I will post it later when I can get it photographed and uploaded. The similar drawing I possess is a beautiful drawing but not as gorgeous as this one. Enjoy.

David Abraham Bueno de Mesquita (1889 - 1962) Etching - Male Nude Studies

Self-portraits as a young man and elder statesman...

David Abraham Bueno de Masquita (1889 - 1962) was born in Amsterdam and died in Florence, Italy in 1962. He was a well known painter, draftsman, wood-engraver, graphic artist, and illustrator of children's books. He studied at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam under Theo Molkenboer and A.J. Derkinderen. He came from a talented family and shared his skills with his brother Jacques Henri Bueno de Mesquita. His oeuvre included landscapes, portraits, figural and mythological themes. In 1913 he took the Prix de Rome for his painting "Jacob recognized the Bloodied Coat of Joseph". After winning the Prix de Rome he spend some time in Rome and Madrid traveling. From 1929 to his death he lived in Florence, Italy. This intaglio print (etching) came from a Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark and is a beautiful example of his early figurative work.
The Prix de Rome was a scholarship for arts students, particularly in painting, sculpture and architecture. It was created in 1663 in France during the reign of Louis XIV. The prize expanded after 140 years into five categories with the addition of music and engravers. The competition was exhausting and required artistic skills to accomplish. Notable recipients include: Francois Boucher, Carle van Loo, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Jaques-Louis David, Francoise-Xavier Fabre, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Gustave Boulanger, Leon Perrault, Jean Lefeuvre, Pierre-Emile-Henri Jerome and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Not so lucky also-ran's include: Eduard Manet, Edgar Degas, Ernest Chausson, and Maurice Ravel (Composers). Not too shabby, that bunch, for losers that is (he says tongue in cheek).

Caption: Male Nude Studies
Artist: David Abraham Bueno de Mesquite (1889 - 1962)
Medium: Intaglio Print on paper, numbered 20
Dated: 1914
Here are a few examples of Bueno de Mesquita's mature works:

Boy scouts at Escorial, Spain ...1915

Two Boys Volendamm

Polderhus bij de hobbemakade weterin..


Bimbo vestito da pierrot


Canal scene with figures near a bridge, Amsterdam 1921

Fireworks over the River Amstel