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, July 7, 2010

Ludwig Vacatko (1873 - 1956) Male Nude with Two Horses at Stream

Ludwig Vacatko was born in Vienna in 1873. He trained in Munich and at the Prague Academy under Professor Nejedli. From the examples of his work that I have managed to find, he is obviously a very accomplished equestrian painter. This fine example of his work came into my collection from an estate in Germany. Vacatko has managed to capture the nobility of both the male nude and the two steeds he has under his control. I guess we could title this painting: "Three Studs in a Fountain." I don't believe I said that. (I confess I watched that old film Three Coins in a Fountain" days befor I posted this. Just could not resist.)

Caption: Male Nude with Two Horses at Stream
Artist: Ludwig Vacatko (1873 - 1956)
Medium: Oils on prepared board
Dated: Undated

Here are a few additional works by Ludwig Vacatko... I don't think I have ever seen a Vacatko painting that didn't have a horse in it somewhere. He obviously loved the grand animals and knew their physiology well. His depictions are always full of movement and energy.

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