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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Joseph Reusch (1887-1976) Nude Adolescent Female by the Sea

I wanted to post this beautiful pastel for you because it falls into that rare category of female nudes you do not see very often: The adolescent Female Nude Youth. You more commonly see young males this age but not very often young nude females. Kunst und Auktionshaus Peter Karbstein, Dusseldorf, De. has this work currently listed in their auction catalog and because I have a ton of works currently on auction for the Fall Auction Season that I wanted to list, I decided to list it separately so that it did not get lost in the crowd. Josef Reusch (1887-1976) was a well know and well listed Orientalist and graphic artist who was active in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Jacques Jean Pasquier (1718-1785) after Charles Andre van Loo (1705-1765): Sitting Nude Male Youth Reading - St. John The Baptist - ca. 1750

I bought a second 18th century intaglio print by Jacques Jean Pasquire this morning (9/20), this one is titled Johannes der Taufer (John the Baptist), dates from 1750. It is an original etching of Pasquier's after Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777). The iconography of St. John is another favorite of mine. The depiction of the young St. John usual entails depicting St. John as a young boy but ocassionally you see a depiction of John as a robust semi-nude male. The reed staff with the cross is present and portends events fortold and yet to come.


Several days ago I noticed this 18th century intaglio print on eBay Germany. I placed a programmed bid and took it at auction a few minutes ago for not much money. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for prints and printmaking and just could not pass up owning this one. I will have to do some research on the artists Pasquier and Larue and add the information to this post when I have more time. I have previously posted biographic information on the famous 18th century printmaker van Loo.

Caption: Sitting Nude Male Youth Reading

Artist: Jacques Jean Pasquier (1718-1785) and Louis Felix de Larue (1731-1765) after Charles Andre van Loo (1705-1765)

Material: Intaglio Print on Laid Paper, without watermark (Plate size 17.8 by 25.1 cm)

Dated: circa 1750