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 17, 2010

Robert Saake (1874-1959) Stehende Knabenakt (Standing Nude Boy) Circa 1910

The Robert Saake (1874-1959) "Stehende Knabenakt" bronze arrived today. I drove up to Jacksonville and picked it up from the Antiques dealer who brought it personally from Germany. It really is a beautiful work of art and in my humble opinion worthy of museum display. The patina is a dark chocolate and is in perfect condition. I have more photographs of it that I took this afternoon and will post more later (above). I still must find some biographic information on the artist.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Figurative Nudes - Bronzes, Drawings and Paintings

I have been at work digging up more beautiful figurative works for you. Most of these are from retail Galleries and a few are in public or private collections. Just a short note about the drawing directly below. What a shame that beautiful work of art was neglected so badly but the good news is with enough money and a little time it could be restored by a good paper conservationist. The drawing is part of the Cohen Library Archives and Special Collections, CCNY, New York, N.Y. The description indicated it is a lithograph but I suspect it is an original academic drawing. That model youth is the very definition of the Greek ideal of "the Ephebe", that mystical existence between man and boy, including that cherished of all ancient male Greek possessions: the "akroposthion."

Ida C. Haskell (1861-1932) Nude Boy


Anonymous, Male Nude. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Degas...Female Nude