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, October 1, 2011

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

The two 18th century intaglio prints arrived from Germany this week. I am really impressed with the quality of the engravings, which appear to be printed on a nice quality rag linen paper. I have to wonder if these prints were made for the collector market of the 18th century and not for use of art students. You just can't get that kind of handmade quality in paper now. The inking is excellent, crisp and detailed. The engraving itself is precise and detailed. What a great work of art for not a lot of peso's. Enjoy.

Caption: St. John the Baptist
Artist: Jaques-Jean Pasquier (1718-1785) after Charles Andre van Loo (1705-1765)
Material: Laid linen rag paper, Intaglio Print
Dated: ca, 1750

Caption: Sitting Male Nude - Reading

Artist: Jacques-Jean Pasquier (1718-1785) after Charles Andre van Loo (1705-1765)

Material: Laid linen rag paper, Intaglio Print

Dated: ca. 1750

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Charles-Nicolas Cochin, The Younger (1715-1790): Male Nudes - Engravings, ca. 1770

Portrait of Charles-Nicolas Cochin (purported)


Several days ago I programmed an automatic bid on a series of four 18th century intaglio prints of Academic Male Nudes. The price was very low, considering the age of the prints, so I grabbed them for my collection. They are by the famous French print maker Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the Younger (1715-1790) and date from 1770. They were probably meant for inclusion in an academic art program and meant to be copied by students, considering the plate number at the top right. It is amazing to me how cheaply these little masterpieces (to my eye) can be bought. The smaller editions seem to demand far less than the larger red chalk prints from the same period.

Charles-Nicolas Cochin the Younger, was born in 1715 in Paris and is regarded as one of the most influential people in the French Art scene in the 18th century. He was a member of the Paris Academy's board of directors and operated as an art critic during the transition from rococo to the advent of classicism. He came from a famous family of artists. His father, Charles-Nicolas the Elder, was a well known engraver and etcher, and his grand-father was the painter Charles Cochin. He began his artistic training in his father's workshop. In 1730 he received artistic training from J. Restout and learned copper-engraving skills from J.P LeBas. He began working on his own around 1735. In 1739 he was promoted to a position in the Menue Plaisirs, a state authority at the court of Louis XV that was responsible for the implementation, decoration, and documentation of the royal courts festivals. Cochin gained great esteem in the Parisian art scene, at the Academy, and nationally as an artist and art critic.


Anonymous 19th Century German Artist: Jugendstil Watercolor - Female Nude

The small female nude watercolor arrived from Germany yesterday. When I took it out the shipping container I was almost positive I had been royally snookered (yes, it has happened before, unfortunately). I was certain the seller in Germany was probably laughing his ass off. I first thought it was a lithograph that had been lifted out of some early 20th century library book, you know the ones before the technique of color printing had been refined which had the color illustrations printed separately then glued onto the pages individually. I turned it up and down, looked at the back mounting, and finally broke out the magnifying glass and suddenly realized that yes, indeed, it is an original watercolor on watercolor paper and it is absolutely amazing in its detail. The artist sure as heck knew what he was doing because it is perfect. To have that much control over a wonderful medium like watercolor just makes me light headed. I scanned it and posted it below. Enjoy.
Caption: Female Nude Standing in a Wooded Scene
Artist: Unknown German Artist, unsigned, Jungendstil in style
Material: Watercolors on paper (18cm x 13cm)
Dated: Undated, circa 1890 - 1900

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall 2011 Auction Season: Works on Paper

The Fall 2011 Auction Season is in full swing with a large number of Academic Nudes listed in various auction catalogs. I have spent the last week pulling out a great number of these offerings for your enjoyment. I will be listing them in the appropriate categories. Here are the various works on paper:
Theodor Krause (1868-1956) Standing Nude Male Youth ...*I managed to buy this drawing during the open Auction in Leipzig, DE. It should be on its way into my collection next week.

Ludwig von Hofmann (1865-1945) Les Baigneurs, vers 1910

Ludwig von Hofmann (1865-1945) Bathers

Ludwig von Hofmann (1865-1945) Study , ca. 1883

Continental School, Sitting Female Youth , 1916

Continental School, late 19th Century

Continental School, late 19th Century

Winfred H. Goodsell (Early 20th Century)

Ludwig Vogel (1788-1879) Nude Studies

H. Venezianisc , 17th Century drawing, Putti

Unsigned Sanguine Drawing ... Continental School ... The Three Graces, after Raphael

Unknown German Artist ... ca 1800 (Above Female Nudes)

Arthur Spence Spear (1879-1959)

Theodor Wagner (1800-1880) Standing Male Nude

Theodor Petter (1822-1872) Male Nudes (Above)

Sylvia Saul (American) Early 20th Century.... Female Nudes (above)

Unknown artist .... Gotterversammlung

Sam Goodsell ... Late 19th Century... Standing Male

Rene Menard (1909)

Remy Vuibert .... Adam & Eve with Serpent, 1635

Peter Janssen (1884-1908) Battle Scene

Otto Rudolf Westphal (1878-1975) Standing Male Nude with Staff

Nicolas Bernard Lepicie (1735-1784) Standing Male Nude

German School, late 18th Century, red chalks

Unknown Artist, German School, late 18th century

K. Schmiders ... Male Nude Studies (above)

Max Liebermann (1847-1935) Boys Bathing

L. van Leyden - Vertreibung Paradies, 1529

Unknown Artist... Female Nude ... Late 19th Century

Franz Kienmayer (1926 ... Zwei Kinder)

Juan Antonio Salvador Carmona (1734-1805) Mannlicher Ruckenakt

Josef Engelhart (1864-1941)

Josef Engelhart (1864-1941)

Jaques Henri Sablet II (1749-1803) Paris

Jan de Bisschop .... Traum des Menschen, 1671

Italian Master (Late 17th Century) Portrait of a Male Youth

Italian Master (17th Century) Male Nude .... Red Chalk

Daniel Hopfer (1470-1536) Das Bacchanal, nach Mantegna

Ludwig von Hofmann (1861-1945) Bathers (Badende)

Hans Kohl (1897-1990) Nude Study, Male Youth

Hans Erni (Swiss, 1909

H. Martini (Late 19th Century)

H. Martini (Late 19th Century)

H. Martini (late 19th Century)

H. Martini (Late 19th Century)

Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617) Pygmalion, 1593

Friedrich Geselschap (1835-1898) Knabenakt Studies

German School ... Signed Konrad Lith.... 19th Century Male Nude in Crucifixion Pose.

Austrian School (possibly Vienna School of Fine Arts) ... Standing Male Nude .. late 19th Century

German School .... Standing Male Nude ... (late 19th Century)

German School - Male Nude ... Late 19th Century

German School ... Male Nude Study (early 20th Century)

German School .... Male Nude (early 20th century)

G.A Magliolo .... Cupido ... 1508

Francesco Zuccarelli (1702-1788) Standing Male

Four Male Figure Studies (American, early 20th Century)

Felician Rops .... Satyr

Edward Burne-Jones .... Standing Nude

Eduard Daege ... Pencil portrait of a Female Nude

E. Siegler ..... Erotic Male Nude

Duncan Grant (1885-1978) Paul Reclining

Crispijn de Passe (1564-1637) North Wind

Virgilio Constantini (1882-1940) Bathing in Sunlight

Claude Gillot (1673-1722) Der Sundenfall

Benton Spruance (1932-1967) Introduction to Love (Lithograph)

Alois Martin Stadler (1792-1841) Sitting Male Nude

Paliwoda Ambrozi (1909-1999) The Three Fates (Above three illustrations)

Heinrich Aldegrever (1502-1562) Paramus & Thisbe

Albrecht Durer ... Kleine Passion

Albert Paul Louis Besnard (1849-1934) Eva

Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651) Nude Studies