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


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

M. Shiffnler (?) - Unknown Artist - Unknown French School - Academic Drawings circa 1910-1930

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Several very nice academic drawings by an unknown artist named M. Shiffnler (?) popped up on eBay France this week. I lost out on the bidding on the reclining male academic study (Directly below), so it will be headed for another collection. That particular drawing was unusually large (61cm by 108 cm) (approx. 24 in by 42.5 in). It was a beauty as you can see. Enjoy.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Carl Adams (?): Seated Nude Ephebe: Seated Male Nude - 1887

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An art dealer in Berlin recently posted three drawings by Carl Adams (?), of which I managed to buy two of the three, both seated male nudes. Unfortunately, I have not had time to research the artist fully, so I have no biographic information to share with you now but the works I believe speak for themselves and for the artist's wonderful talent. I have been juggling another purchase on the side requiring more monetary funding and only had a few farthings to spare so I concentrated on two of the three listed drawings. After the auction ended I discovered that I could have taken the third drawing with very little effort. Such is the way of the force. Go figure. Here (directly below) are the two drawings which will be coming into my collection shortly and the last drawing of the three will be headed elsewhere. Enjoy.
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Title: Seated Nude Ephebe (Male Youth)
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Materials: Pencil on Paper
Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

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Title: Seated Male Nude
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Material: Pencil on Paper
:Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

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Here is the single drawing I missed:
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Addendum: (March 25. 2014)  The seller also added a few additional Adams drawings he had in his inventory this morning. To my eye the really interesting thing about the partially finished drawings is that you can readily see the initial laying down of the figure drawing and also the progressive refinement of the drawing as the artist moves beyond that basic line drawing to a more refined dimensional drawing . Enjoy:
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Otto Greiner (1869 - 1916): Original Nude Drawings

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Several sellers on the European eBay sites have listed two different Otto Greiner (1869-1916) nude drawings and as usual Greiner proves himself a master of drawing the human figure. You would have to search far and wide for an artist with the caliber of Greiner's expertise and artistic abilities. Needless to say these drawings also come with a very expensive price tag. Enjoy:
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