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

Monday, December 24, 2012

C. Bull (?): Pan Playing a Flute - Bronze circa 1900

This nice bronze study of the male physique posed as "Pan Playing the Flute" turned up on one of the European eBay auction sites last week .It is signed "C. Bull" and, unfortunately, I could find nothing on the artist. The Lauchhammer Foundry mark appears on the stand. Lauchhammer Foundry is a well known metals foundry in Germany.

Alfred Waagner (1886-1960): Jugendstil Nudes - Circa 1920

I visited the Boris Wilnitsky Gallery website last week since it has been quite some time since my last visit. They have a discount sale running on many of their artworks for the holidays so if you are interested then please pay them a visit. They have several works by the Austrian painter and commercial artist Alfred Waagner (1886-1960) so I thought I would post them for you. Alfred Waagner was strongly under the influence of another famous Viennese artist, Gustav Klimt. Initially Waagner studied chemistry and mechanical engineering at the Technical Institute in Viennia but by 1907 his interest had changed to art. It was during this time that he became a pupil of the Viennese Art Nouveau artist, Professor Berthold Loeffler and even worked in his studio at the Vienna School of Applied Arts until 1912. He regularly exhibited with the Vienna Secessionists as early as 1913. In 1924, he had his first one-man show in Vienna.

Adonis - 1920 (All Above)

Spring of Life - 1921

Reclining Female Nude (Late 1910's)

(Illustrations above courtsey Boris Wilnitsky Gallery, Vienna, Austria)

Here are a few additional examples of his works:

Children Playing at Lakeside

Nude Girl Holding a Ceramic Pot

Two Boys Fishing for Minnows

Jugend und Tod - 1914

Baden der Knabe - (?)