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, March 3, 2012

19th Century French Academic Print - "The Fighter"

Several days ago I received an email from an specialty art gallery in Brussels that specializes in male nudes with an obvious bent towards a gay audience. When you buy art at public auction like I do, then expect your email address to be sold to industrious entrepreneurs hoping to sell their artworks to you, in this particular case wildly overpriced artwork with stupid and ridiculous shipping charges. When I enquired about a particular small 19th century painting of a male nude, the owner took me for a rich American fool, of which I am neither, rich nor a fool that is. I am guilty of being an American.  Most of the gay oriented illustrations in their email had absolutely no interest for me, if that stuff turns you on then knock yourself out, but there was one image of a 19th century academic drawing that I immediately recognized (first illustration below). Back in January, I added two original French academic prints to my collection, one titled "The Fighter." I am always delighted to see a drawing that illustrates the 19th century academic process of teaching drawing to students (in this particular case...drawing from a master drawing) and here is the perfect example.


Below are illustrations of the original early 19th century French Academic print titled: The Fighter


Friday, March 2, 2012

Georg Mattes (1874-1942): Bronze - Der Ball Spieler (The Ball Player)

Miri Kunst in Germany has recently listed this beautiful action study of the male physic by German Sculptor Georg Mattes (1874-1942) on eBay Germany. Mattes was a Professor of Sculpture at the Munich Art Academy during the early part of the 20th century. His sculptures are well known and extent to churches, municipal structures, cemeteries, and public works in Germany.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Albert Caasmann (1886-1968): Nude Faun with Fruit Basket (Faun Mit Traubenkubel) - Rosenthal Figurine

Auktionshaus Heickmann in Germany has just listed this beautiful Rosenthal figurine in their current auction catalog. Albert Caasmann (1886-1968) designed the figure circa 1912.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Alexis (Alix) Marquet (1875-1939) - Bronze - Nude Girl with A Rose

The small (just under twelve inches) Alix Marquet (1875-1939) female nude bronze arrived from Germany on Saturday. The first thing I noticed when I picked her up was that she was one solid and somewhat top heavy bronze. She has some condition problems, which I hope can be corrected. Her patina is mostly intact with some minor scrapes and wear spots but it is a lovely dark chocolate brown. I believe the damage to her legs is a result of being somewhat top heavy and may have resulted from someone dropping her. Oh well, she had an acceptable low price for the quality of the casting and after I get the other bronze back from Masterworks Studios I will send her off and let John Ward work his magic on her. She is rare and unique when it comes to nudes. You just do not find pre-adolescent female nudes that often. Alix Marquet has sculptures in some major museums around the world so I am happy to have her in my collection.