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, February 23, 2013

Recommended Blog Spot: Peintures des Musées de France

I wanted to take a few minutes and recommend one of my favorite Blog sites again. If you love art the way I do then "Peintures des Musees de France" ( is one Blog you would want to follow religiously because you get a comprehensive tour of some of the most "missed" art museums and collections of beauty in all of France. The author of the Blog gives you a first hand tour of off the beaten tourist path of not so well know art collections in France. The blog is in French but with Google Translate that should not be a problem if you do not know the language. Pay this wonderful Blog a visit and I am sure you will return time and time again.  

Auguste Guénot (1882-1966) : Adolescent à la Grappe (1930). Bronze.

Henri Arnold : Première Offrande ou Fillette à la Colombe (1923).

Georges Desvallières (1861-1950) : La Bonté (1930)

Robert Lefèvre : L’Amour aiguisant ses traits (1801)

Paul Landowski : Le Pugiliste (1920). Grand plâtre et petit bronze. Le modèle est Georges Carpentier, célèbre boxeur

Charles Cousin (1807-1887): Academic Male Nude - 1867

This beautiful academic study of male nude is currently running on eBay France. It is by the famous French artist Charles Cousin (1807-1887). It is signed and dates from 1867. I love the way Cousin has treated the light and the way it falls on the model from the upper right. Really a beautiful example of 19th century academic painting skills. I am certain the bidding will get well into the thousands of euros.

Addendum (2/28/2013): Well the hammer fell and the end bid on this painting was 2.049,00 Euros (US $2,681.93)...

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monnogrammist "K.F" : Nude Boy - Wood Carving - Ca. 1910-20

Now here is a small artwork in a medium you just do not see every day of the week: a standing figure of a nude boy carved in wood. Of course you see the old church figures of putti from the 17th and 18th centuries but I can't recall seeing a bronze-like figure like this in turned wood. The obviously accomplished artist-sculptor only graced us with his initials "K.F." so he or she is lost to history but his or her talent is preserved in this small carving. The description on the eBay site indicates a 1910-1920 time period for the execution of the work. It measures 31cms in height (slightly over 12 inches).