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

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ida Teichmann (1875-?)(German) Adolescent Female Nudes

I am not sure how I got off on this tangent but it seems when you make a generalization about something (i.e. adolescent female academic nudes and their scarcity) there is always a website out there somewhere to prove you wrong. The Internet has been a boon for the art collector and I owe the majority of my collection to being in touch with some very fine people throughout the world. Again, while doing some research on something else, I lucked onto a site that actually featured the male adolescent nude but there in the midst of all these nude boys were a few jewels of beautiful works by a female artist who truly appreciated the female body. I must thank Antiques Collaborative, Inc. of Quechee, Vt. for their brief history of the artist and her works. Let me quote from their website of a listing of one of her beautiful lithographs titled "Draum"(Dream): "Ida Teichmann (German, born 1875- ?) was a female German artist known for her drawings and lithograph portrayals of the adolescent girls and young children. Teichmann was born in Frankfort am Main and was largely a self-taught artist. She sought to capture the essence of the adolescent form. Her works show direct influence in their style to the painters of the Pre-Raphaelite Brootherhood in England. All of her lithographs were engraved directly onto the stone by her and then printed by her in very small editions. She used a fine rice paper for the prints because it more faithfully reproduced the fine lines and shading of her drawings." As you can see from the few examples of her work she was in control of her medium, regardless of her training. I think that first drawing at the top of this listing is my favorite. I love the composition and the interaction of the figures.

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