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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

August Kugler (Active 1890-1910): Nude Ephebe

A seller on eBay Austria recently offered two academic nudes by Austrian artist August Kugler (Active 1890-1910). I managed to buy the drawing of the nude ephebe (directly below). It was a real toss up as to which drawing to put my financial weight behind. I chose the ephebe, realizing that the market would eventually return my investment in that drawing. Unfortunately, I could not afford both drawings, suspecting there was a lurker out there with slightly deeper pockets than mine. I was correct in my assessment. His low bid took the other drawing and my much higher bid took the drawing below. I was not able to find much biographic information on the artist other than the fact he was active during the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. I did find two paintings of his mature works which have sold at auction that I have also listed below.

Here (below General Custer's photograph) is the second auction offering from the seller on eBay Austria.(Now tell me this model doesn't look like a very naked General George Armstrong Custer ..... folklore says we all have a double out there somewhere.....) :

General George Armstrong Custer (1863)    (Library of Congress)

I found two examples of his mature works on the web:

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ludwig von Hofmann (1861-1945): Badende


The artist in his studio
Karl & Faber Kunstauktionen, Munich, DE has recently posted another one of those beautiful Ludwig von Hofmann pastels (below). The subject matter is probably one of the most drawn, painted, and sculpted subjects in art: nude bathers.