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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Carl Kauba (1865-1922) Der Denker ca. 1900; True Blue 1915

This morning I found a bronze on eBay Germany a copy of Carl Kauba's "The Thinker," directly below. I thought this would be a good excuse to photograph my copy of Kauba's "True Blue" and post it for you. Kauba is interesting in that he specialized in American Western (native American) subjects for some of his bronzes without ever setting foot in North America. He was an Austrian by birth and the son of s shoemaker. Bronze collectors place Kauba in the realm of Remington and Russell as one of the great portrayers of American Western subjects. His subjects were typically Native Americans, calvarymen, cowboys, and roughriders. He is also known for his Austrian statuary. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under the tutalige of Professor Laufenberg. Later he studied in Paris. Kauba's fascination with the American West was fed by the literary works of Carl May, whose works were known throughout Europe at the time. His bronzes were all produced in Austria. He personally directed the casting of his bronzes.

The Last few photographs are of my copy of Kauba's 1915 work commissioned by the National Security League in New York titled : "True Blue." Even Kauba's smaller bronzes are full of detail and realistic forms.


Here are photographs of my copy of Kauba's bronze "True Blue".


Caption: True Blue (Commissioned by the National Security League, New York)

Artist: Carl Kauba (1865-1922)

Materials: Cast Bronze

Dated: 1915

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