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

Thursday, October 11, 2012

August H. Volker (1876-?): Standing Male Nude - 1905

I bought this nice male nude study by the German artist August H. Volker (1876-?) this morning from a dealer in Germany. I am always looking for differing poses in the models and I do not have one with this particular pose in my collection. Volker studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From there, he continued his studies in Berlin at the Art School, Museum of Decorative Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Charlottenburg. He devoted most of his artistic to the Graphic arts and in 1904 became a member of the Association of German Illustrators. He also devoted much of his time to treatises on art education.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Max Slevogt (1868-1932): Die Wandmalereien in Neu-Cladow - ca. 1920


Max Slevogt (1868-1932): Self-Portrait with Glasses - 1894

Max Slevogt (1868-1932).. Wrestling School - 1893

One of my favorite sellers on eBay France has listed a copy of the 1920 edition of prints in Max Slevogt's  "Die Wandmalereinen in Neu-Cladow." The prints of his mural paintings are presented in a limited edition signed volume at quite a reasonable price, if you are interested. The first thing that really struck me about these prints was that square format. During those "make a frame, stretch and prime the canvas" days at University, the square format was one of my favorite formats for a painting. You do not see the square format as often as you should. I have used a Hasselblad camera over the years and the Hasselblad is a square format camera and that square really grows on you so naturally the it followed me into my painting classes. Max Slevogt (1868-1932) was a well known German Impressionist painter, printmaker, and commercial illustrator. He initially planned on a career in music but switched to painting and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich in 1885. He was greatly influenced by the Impressionistic movement of the time and later spent a term at the Academie Julian in Paris. He later traveled to Italy with his artist friend, Robert Breyer (1866-1941) and started work as an illustrator upon his return to Munich. His first exhibition was at the newly founded Munich Secession in 1893 where he exhibited his painting "Wrestling School." Apparently his composition caused a stir amongst the judges who had convinced themselves that the painting was "immoral" since it depicted naked men entwined on the floor. (Horrors! Somebody had their mind in the gutter)(Illustration above). In the following years Slevogt's work appeared "harsh" and "non-academic" to the straight-laced conservative art critics of late 19th century Munich. I really love the point of view in many of the nudes. I think I see Hebe down there somewhere with her peacocks.

Here is just a tiny sampling of his works:

Children in a Forest Setting
The Daydream

Dance with Death