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


Friday, October 17, 2014

Félix Vallotton (1865 Lausanne - 1925 Paris) "La Tunisienne" - Nude Female Study

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I must apologize for the sparsity of postings lately. I flew out to Colorado Springs to spend some time with my youngest son and meet a new addition to his family. I now know why having children is for the young. The weather was beautiful and the view of the Rocky Mountains was breathtaking. Now it's back to the daily grind.

Auktionshaus Geble in Germany has a beautiful study of a female nude by the French painter Felix Valotton (1865-1925) titled "La Tunisienne" listed in their current catalog. The painting is signed and dated 1884 and was painted in Atelier Julien where Vallotton studied under Boulanger and Lefebvre. The painting has a long and distinguished pedigree. If you have an extra 50,000 Euros lying around then that will get the bidding started. Enjoy:
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Unknown 19th Century German Artist: Nude Male Youth Posed As Pan

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Auktionshaus Mars, Wurzburg, DE has listed a nice study of a male youth posed as Pan with all the trappings of his office. Unfortunately, the painting is not signed and comes from some unknown mid to late 19th German art school. Enjoy.
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918): Der Frühling. Fassung IV (Spring – Version IV). Circa 1912.

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All you collectors out there with really deep pockets might want to take a walk over to Koller Auktionen AG, Zurich for a chance to take home an original Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) painting, version IV of Der Fruhling (Spring). The bidding starts some where in the stratosphere at Euro 3 million five hundred thousand. The painting has a provenance as long as your arm and most likely will end up in some museum somewhere. One can dream.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Frederic van der Linden (Belgian 1852-1926): Academic Study of a Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)

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It never ceases to amaze me how some sellers on the various eBay sites think they can get top dollar for a 19th century academic drawing and then turn around and list it like the listing title and description have nothing to do with the artwork itself. Key words will make the difference between real money and a bargain. Well I watched this drawing go through two cycles of listings without so much as one bid, so when the seller re-listed it again, I programmed a bid and sat back and watched it for nine days while it showed no interest. If the seller had revised his listing and included a few different key words, there would have been a bidding free for all. I honestly think the seller did not do any research on the artist and failed to see what he had. I managed to get it for the initial asking price. Go figure.

Frederic van der Linden (1852-1926) was a Belgium artist who was active in the European art market during the latter part of the 19th to very early 20th centuries. His name even appears in a few of Gauguin's letters to his brother Theo. Unfortunately, I could find very little information regarding his training and career. Enjoy.
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Caption: Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)
Artist: Frederic van der Linden (1852-1926)
Materials: Pierre noire (Conte) on paper
Dated: 1880-1890
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                             Here is the single example of his other works that I could find
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Otto Greiner (1869-1916): Standing Female Nude

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Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, DE has listed another of those beautiful Otto Greiner (1869-1916) academic nudes. If you have a spare 4,000.00 Euros to get the bidding started on this one then you have my best wishes. Enjoy.
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Carl Hartmann (1818-1857): Fruhlingstanz (Spring Dance)

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I have a backlog of works that I have culled from Auction sites over the last few months and I thought I would get started and list some of them. Carl Hartmann (1818-1857) was a German born Romanticist portrait painter and miniaturist who lived in England for some years. This is one of those endearing little works of children at play.
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Here are two additional examples of his works:
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Unknown European Artist (Illegibly Signed): Drawing of a Child in Utero - Circa 1890-1900

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I was cruising my usual haunts this afternoon when I spotted this "unusual" turn of the 19th-20th century original pencil drawing of a child in utero. I have seen many prints of anatomical drawings but I can not recall ever seeing an original surviving pencil drawing of this particular subject. It was priced at the very low end of my budget so I bought it for my collection. The signature is difficult to make out but it looks like "K. Ledhiesar" (?). Unfortunately, I could find no references to his or her life or works. I rotated the illustrations for additional views. I suspect this fine detailed pencil drawing was an illustration for a medical text.
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