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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Still here....still Alive!

Although I have suffered some health problems lately, floor and I keep meeting in a most questionable will be proud to know that I fall with great aplomb, I fall with great dignity, swollen limbs, scrapes and rug burns, greatly damaged ego, but no broken bones yet, knock on wood, floor wants me to change the carpet and I keep insisting I won't be alive to see the effects of the final change. I am still here.....please be patient with me......I just celebrated my 70th birthday, alone, but I am still kicking and I have a big smile on my face when I look around at the beautiful works of art on my walls...............all I can say is .......I love life!  I survived the first 3 billion years of this existence asleep and I will survive the next 3 billion years after I close my eyes for the last time ...... with a smile on my face! Count on it!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jean-Baptiste Lucien After Jacques SALY 1717-1776: Crayon Manner Print - Standing Male Nuide

I have had my collecting eye on a very nice standing male nude crayon manner print listed on eBay France for several months now. The seller stated in the listing that he would not ship the print outside France on this particular print. So, I sat back and admired it thinking I would not be able to add it to my collection. Well yesterday I had had enough of just watching it sit there. I finally figured "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and contacted the seller. He sold me the print and it should be heading my way in a week or two. For those of you not familiar with the printing technique of the "crayon manner" or "chalk manner" print. I pulled up a brief description for the National Gallery website in Washington, D.C.........

                       "Chalk manner (also called crayon manner) is a printmaking technique that imitates the appearance of chalk lines. Chalk-manner prints were made in as many as three colors--black, red, and white--from one or more copperplates worked either in etching or engraving, or in a combination of the two. Special toothed tools--roulettes, mattoirs (punches), champignons (literally, "mushrooms"), and the like--were used to create dotted patterns on the plate that suggest the grainy appearance of chalk strokes on paper".

 The seller also had another print and I have included it at the bottom of this post.

Here is the additional print in the sellers inventory:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hermann Hanaczek (1873-?): Standing Male Nude - Circa Late 19th Century

I was cruising my regular haunts this morning and found a very nice quality male nude by Hermann Hanaczek (1873-?). It was reasonably priced and I bought it for my collection. The Gallery also had another male nude but I could afford only one so I chose what I considered technically the best. Unfortunately there is scant biographical information on Hanaczek other than a notation I found that he was "active in NY."

Here is the second drawing in the inventory:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thomas Stindel (1887-1971): Death and the Maiden - Circa 1920

A Gallery in Vienna has listed a pastel by the Austrian artist Thomas Stindel (1887-1971) which I thought I would share with you. Stindel was a winner of the Rome Prize and his talent shines through in this beautiful rendition of a Symbolist favorite subject, Death and the Maiden. The city of Vienna honored his talent with an honorary award in 1927. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Anonymous Late 19th Century Academic Study Of A Standing Male Model

This nicely executed late 19th century study of a standing male model popped up on eBay France recently. Unfortunately, it is not signed. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Miscellaneous Academic Nudes - Unsigned & Anonymous - Various European Schools

I had a few minutes today and I thought I would post some of the backlog of academic nudes I have managed to find on various sources on the net. They are all unsigned and originate from various European Art Schools from the mid to late 19th century. Enjoy.