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, July 1, 2011

Kurd Albrecht (1884 - 1964): Drawings from Plaster Casts, Circa 1900

I picked up a nice example of a student drawing from plaster casts last night for a few euros. It is by German artist Kurd Albrecht (1884-1964). If you look closely you can see where the artist changed certain parts of each drawing based upon more accurate sight-size measurements he had taken during the initial layin of the outline drawing. Plaster casts were used in the initial drawing training of students and the teaching of sight-size drawing techniques.


Here is a sampling of his works:


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Maxmillion "Max" Barduleck (1846-1923) Academic Drawings

This morning the German seller listed some additional drawings by Max Barduleck (1846-1923). Based upon the size of the drawings my guess is that they have been removed from an artist sketch book. Their smaller size makes them all the more interesting and exciting.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Maxmillian "Max" Barduleck (1846-1923): Academic Drawing, Seated Male Nude 1864

Within the last ten days a seller on eBay Germany listed five beautiful drawings by German artist Max Barduleck (1846-1923). I obviously could not bid on more than one, expecting them to bring some nice prices, so I picked out what I thought was the most technically and aesthetically well executed amongst the listings and concentrated my bidding on that one. (listed directly below). I figured the drawing would pull in euros the equivalent of between four hundred and five hundred dollars, so I programmed my bid accordingly. Fortunately, I was spot on with my estimate and took the auction. This has to be the most beautifully executed academic drawing I have seen in a very long time. To my eye it is technically perfect and will hold its value, especially being signed and dated. By my math that would have made the artist just eighteen years old at the time this drawing was executed. Absolutely amazing!

Maxmillian "Max" Barduleck was a well known and well listed German artist, sculptor, and medalist who was active in Saxony from 1864 t0 1911. He is best known for his medalist and coin designs during the latter part of the 19th century. He was the son of German engraver Friedrich Wilhelm Barduleck, thus comes his talent. Max Barduleck studied under Professors Karl Wilhelm Schurig (1818-1874) and Professor Ludwig Richter (1803-1884) in Dresden.

Caption: Seated Male Nude

Artist: Maxilillian "Max" Barduleck (1846-1923)

Materials: Pencil Drawing on paper (35cm x 28cm)

Dated: Signed and Dated 1864


Here are the other four drawings by Barduleck listed by the eBay Germany seller:


Alois Kasimir (1852-1930) Nude Ephebes, Nude Boy Playing A Flute Circa: 1880

I apologize for the scarcity of posts lately. I have been upgrading my computers from slow four year olds to newer, faster youngsters. I bought two Windows 7 based computers and have been spending time transferring files from the slower Windows Vista based machine to the new Windows 7 based machines. It took me some time yesterday to install a new wireless printer and move everything around so that it works properly. The network is finally up and running. I can print from the two Windows 7 machines and the iMac, something I could not figure out how to do previously on the wired system. Everything is now wireless.
The two Alois Kasimir (1852-1930)(posted below) drawings arrived from Germany yesterday and I just about fainted when I took a look at the way the seller had packaged them..... flat and in a flimsy cardboard container. Needless to say, the gorillas at the Post Office made sure the package was beat all to hell and back. My neighbors now know I can curse in four languages! Honestly, when you pay through the nose for a drawing and shipping on top of it, you expect to receive the artwork in good condition. I have never and would never ship an antique drawing flat. I have cropped out the damaged areas on the below posts. It is just too painful to look at all those tears and wrinkles caused by careless packing.

The two drawings themselves are salvageable, though lord knows how much the paper conservator will charge to get those damned wrinkles out. I think I will go out in the backyard and scream my head off.

Of course, the subject matter, nude ephebes, and the paper condition is what drives the value of these drawings. The drawings themselves are done in a soft "romantic" drawing style. The subject matter, nude boys, is quite typical of the late 19th century, usually a nude boy standing or sitting, with a flute in his hand. You see the motif repeated over and over. The day I bring home an academic nude adolescent female is the day you hear me singing. Drawings of nude adolescent females are so rare. If you look closely at both drawings, you can see the intricate lines used to follow the contours of the body. The boy holding the flute up to his mouth is somewhat feminized in those curves of his body. The other drawing of a nude boy has more of a masculine feel to the way the artist has treated the obviously older male body. Still, a nice addition to the collection.