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, May 12, 2012

William Frederick George Pape (1859-1920) Knaben Akt im Atelier (Nude Boy in Studio)

Several weeks ago I was browsing the current Auction catalog of Auktionshaus Van Ham in Germany and I ran across something I knew I had seen pop up for auction last year. I did some digging in the blog and discovered that the same painting had been sold last year by Auktionshaus Mehus in Germany but my eyes told me that there was something very different about the painting (comparison directly below). Apparently the last owner had sent the painting off for some nice restoration work and decided to put it back up for auction. The painting has apparently been cleaned and the scratches removed and now has a very different feeling to it.

Addendum: Auktionshaus Van Ham's after auction catalog shows the hammer price for this painting as Euros 2,700.00 plus 25%.

Late April 2012 Auction Finds

Before we get too far into May I thought I would post a few of the works I found at auction on various European auction sites during the last week of April.

Wilhelm von Schadow (1788-1873) Study of Female Faces

Thomas Couture (1815-1879)

School of Palma il Giovane Jacopo (1548-1628) Hercules

Richart Schroeter (?) Sitting Male Nude

Richard Muller (1874-1954)

Neoclassical Academic Nude - Artist Unknown

Nicolas Othoneos (1877-1950)

Adam Kunz (Wein 1857-?) Zwei Faune mit einer Nymphe

Alfred Charles Foulongne (1821-1897) Melancholia

Frantisek Zenisek (?) Song of Love

Frederis-Charles Victor de Vernon (1858-1912)

Max Klinger (1857-1920) (In the manner of) untitled


Maria mit Kinder

Grisaille - Anges Putti

Jacob Obrovsky (1882-1949) - Forest Nymphe

Andrea Sacvchi - Mannlicheakt im Wind

Amandus Faure (1874-1931)-  In Wohnungswagen


Alfred Sch,idt (1867-1956) - Badeausflug am See

Albert Anker - Mannlicher sitzender Akt.

Casper Augustin Geiger (1847-1924) - Neptunes in Realm

Oskar Zwintscher (?) Standing Male Nude

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Paul Milliet (1844-1918): Study of a Nude Ephebe Playing the Flute - From "Paphos ou la fete de Venus-Uranie" - 1873-1877 - Paris, Musee des Arts Decoratifs

Last week a seller on eBay France listed this beautiful lead pencil on paper study of a nude ephebe playing the flute by the well known French artist and writer Paul Milliet (1844-1918). I had the high bid this afternoon and it will be coming into my collection in the near future.  Milliet was a true Renaissance man. He was a skilled decorative painter, archaeologist, and writer of art and family history. He was the son of singer and poet Felix Milliet. He studied under Jean-Leonard Lugardon (1801-1884). Milliet decorated the grand foyer of the Grand Theatre in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme was an allegory representative of "Opera". He also assisted in the decoration of many French official buildings during his career. In Paris he participated in the decoration of two arches with allegories to Normandy and Nice in the southern Function Hall of the City Hall of Paris. At the end of his life he wrote the history of his family: "Une Famille de Republicans Fourieristes....A Family of Fourier Republicans." He died in Paris in 1918.

Title: Study for Paphos.... ou la fete de Venus-Uranie - Flutiste
Artist: Paul Milliet (1844-1918)
Materials: Lead pencil on paper
Dated: circa 1873-77