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, February 23, 2011

Book Review: The Studios of Paris - The Capital of Art in the Late Nineteenth Century

Title: The Studios of Paris - The Capital of Art in the Late Nineteenth Century
Author: John Milner
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1988
ISBN: 0-300-03990-5
Call Number: N6850.M48 1988

I recently found a book at detailing the Art world in Paris in the late 19th century. The main focus of the book is the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the myriad of private Ateliers and artist studios which abounded in Paris during the golden age of the Academie. The back stabbing and volatile world of the annual Salon included some five or six thousand entries and could make or break your career. The author details the competitiveness and at times disruptive behavior of the students in the various Studios. Some of these confrontations resulted in fisticuffs between the aspiring artists. No wonder the Impressionists were disgusted with the entire Salon system. How would you like to put you latest work up in front of that crowd below? If you can find a copy of this book, I recommend adding it to your Art library for it gives some insight into the 19th century politics and struggle of the aspiring artist in the late 19th century.

Here are just a few illustrations form this volume:

A Salon Jury circa 1885.

The glazed court at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for the study of classical sculpture from casts.

The Atelier Cormon, circa 1885.

The Atelier Bonnat at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, circa 1888.

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