My collection of mostly 19th and early 20th Century Academic Nude Drawings, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Bronzes, and Watercolors.
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
Links to Classical Drawing and Painting Ateliers and Artists
After my early retirement I went back to school to train in Fine Arts - Studio Painting at the University level. During my required life drawing classes, I became enamoured with the beauty of the nude, both male and female. Online I bought my first 19th Century work of the Academic Nude. I was hooked. It is such a shame that more Museums do not collect and display them but I guess they are considered minor works by such august bodies. I have amassed a nice collection of drawings, paintings, watercolors, and graphic works that adorn every wall in my home. Ocassionally I sell on eBay, passing along the joy of ownership to other collectors. That joy of collecting is the inspiration for my blog. I have tried not to limit myself to strictly 19th century works but instead include works from what I consider to be the Golden Age of the Art Academy, mid-18th to early 20th centuries. By the advent of modernism and the 1920's, the party was literally over. The academy system with its salons had collapsed and the strict academic teaching methods all but forgotten.
The following attribution derives from Walker Galleries Fine Art:
“A painter of the Belle Epoque, Gustave Poetzsch was born in 1870 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland where he started to learn painting from a very young age. The local mountains and lakes gave him his initial inspiration. In 1892 he enrolled at the Julian Academy in Paris. He entered the School of Fine Art in 1895 and studied under Gustave Moreau along with Henri Matisse, Charles Camoin and Paul de Frick.
In 1896, Poetzch married Marie-Louise Aulagne, a well-known milliner in the Faubourg Saint Honoré. Through her he was introduced to Parisian Society. He travelled to Deauville, the haunt of the haute monde, British aristocrats and American billionaires who enjoyed the casinos, bathing, yachting and golf as well as the jewellers and fashion houses.
In August 1913 Poetzch watched the finish of the Paris-Deauville race for seaplanes, a speed race which was held along the Seine. This vastly popular event was portrayed in several of his paintings. He also painted his wife and friends on the beach paying close attention to the prevailing fashions. His wife’s clientele feature as subject matter in his paintings. From 1895 he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon des Artistes Français and at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He also exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900.”
Gustave Poetzsch painted contemporary genre, landscapes and still lives. He owned a house in Yssingeaux in the Haute-Loire where he painted lacemakers and the countryside.. The Museé Carnavalet has a collection of his drawings relating to the defeat of the Germans in 1944.
A retrospective of his works was held in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Neuchâtel in 1950.”
Well, I have managed to get back into the swing of things again. I just bought these two Academic drawings from Poetzsch’s early career. I am guessing from his class studies in Gustav Moreau’s academic studies class. Enjoy:
I must say I have wondered somewhat far afield in the forest of collecting over the last several years. My greatest love will always be the 19th century academic nude. I admit I am thoroughly tired of US and Ancient Greek gold coins, Navajo sterling coin necklaces, and World War 2 Sterling Pilots wings. So recently I found a beautiful 19th century male nude from Italy that I simply could not resist so I bought it..
I was fishing around on eBay Germany today when I chanced upon a modern work by an Indonesian Painter named DEDE ERI SUPRIA (1956- ) which the German description described the painting as a 1976 Selbstportrait Halb-Akt (Half nude self-portrait). I know this is outside the purview of my blog but every so often you run across an artistic talent that just grabs you and the composition says "look at me" and that little right brain voice says ..."how beautiful." I love the composition and I thought I would share this work with you.
Well, I think European sellers of Academic nudes have wised up and have jacked up their prices accordingly. Affordable once bargain prices for 19th Century Academic nude works have become laughably expensive.....and in the words of a Mississippi Antiques dealer I once encountered commenting on the prices of his competitor’s works for sale .... “He certainly loves his antiques.” Meaning: “That jackass is in love with his antiques and should be buried with them.” Rest assured I shall remain alert to bargains when they appear....... in the meantime folks..... it’s slim pickings out there now but I am empowered with magical powers, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, faster than a speeding bullet...... no wait.... that’s someone else........... any-who... stay tuned.
Although I have suffered some health problems lately, ..................my floor and I keep meeting in a most questionable fashion...........you 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, although......my 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!
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.
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."