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.
I would like to take a few moments for an update from the restoration expert on the restoration of the du Gardier Male Nude painting. I know the photo she sent is not the best but she indicated she will update me with better photographs at a later date. The canvas has been removed from the original stretcher and the special woven Belgian Linen will be used to repair the holes and strengthen the weaknesses in the original canvas. She has already removed the grease crayon marking on the surface of the lower left portion of the painting and will begin the cleaning process after the holes have been rewoven. As soon as I receive better photographs of the work in progress I will post them. Technical restoration of artworks such as this beautiful painting is an exacting science and requires a wide knowledge of materials and artistic techniques, both antique and contemporary. As you can see from the photograph the grease pencil notations on the surface have been removed.