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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Francois Alfred Delobbe (1835-1920): Standing Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)

This morning I was making my usual rounds on the European eBay auction sites and I ran across this beautiful study of a nude ephebe by the French artist Francois Alfred Delobbe (1835-1920). It was affordably priced and I grabbed it before it could get away from me. Delobbe was active during the last half of the 19th century and his later works centered on the peasant life of Breton. He began his early studies at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris at the young age of eighteen. This in itself speaks highly for his artistic talents in order to gain admission to such a prestigious institution at that age. He began studies at the Academy under the tutelage of Thomas Couture, a well established painter of historical genre scenes who also taught Edouard Manet. His works were influenced by 17th century Spanish and Dutch painters. Delobbe continued his studies in the studio of William-Adolphe Bouguereau who encouraged his exploration portraiture and mythological scenes. Take a look at the sampling of his works below and Bouguereau's influence on his style and subject matter is more than obvious. During the 1860's he enjoyed continued success at the annual Paris Salon. His greatest accomplishments included mural decorations for a town hall in the city of Paris. To my eye, this drawing looks like a study for one of those heroic murals where you see little naked boys prancing around making life miserable for half-naked women dressed in drapery who are trying to keep a straight face while holding up wreaths or torches, you know, the ones usually found in snooty public buildings.

Here is just a small sampling of his genre works:

Monday, August 27, 2012

Unknown German Artist: Female Portrait - 1929

Being a painter myself I greatly appreciate artistic talent in that medium when I see it. This morning I ran across this beautiful portrait by an unknown German artist dating from 1929. The painting is illegibly signed but is dated 1929. I was really impressed with the draftsmanship, total control of the media, and wonderful color pallet. The artist has captured the personality and character of the model to such a wonderful degree. I thought I would share it with you even though it is not a nude.