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, October 13, 2010

Duncan Grant (1885-1978) Female Nude - Eve and the Serpent/ Nude Boy In Prayer

Duncan Grant (left)
Self portrait

Duncan Grant (1885-1978) was a member of the Bloomsbury Group in United Kingdom and a great admirer of Picasso. He specialized in interior design and was a well known muralist. He made great art on a domestic scale and in a domestic setting. Grant made art to live with, intimately. He designed fabrics and ceramics in the 1930's which represented a high ideal of applied modernist art. His work implies the hand of the artist responding to a particular environment. His finest works represent a world of unusual yet unostentatious domestic values. In his fabrics and ceramics, paintings, designs and interiors, he fashioned a sophisticated yet accessible vision of beauty. As the son of a Scottish army officer. He accompanied his parents to India, where he lived until the age of 9. He studied with Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) in Paris in 1909. He shared with Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell a commitment to the decorative arts as wells as to painting on canvas. He later became the director of the Omega Workshops in 1913.

Several years ago I was doing my usual perusal of auctions on eBay and found this vase design listed by a Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. The listing did not attribute an artist to the work and the owner did not seem to realize what he had. I took one look at that drawing, that brush stroke, and those colors and knew it was by Duncan Grant. The seller also had another work of a Boy in Prayer by the same hand which I also bought.


Caption: Eve and the Serpent (Female Nude) Study for a Vase Design/Nude Boy in Prayer
Artist: Duncan Grant (1885-1978) (In the manner of)
Medium: Gouache on paper
Dated: undated (circa 1900-1930)

Here are but a few examples of Grant's extensive body of works:

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