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 11, 2011

Fritz Douzette (1878-1955): Pencil drawing, Nude Boy, After Prof. Georg Sturm (1855-1923) Allegory of the Hunt

I was browsing an eBay seller's listings in Germany yesterday and I ran across a small drawing of a nude boy that on first appearance appeared to be a preliminary study for a larger work. The seller indicated the drawing was from the estate of Fritz Douzette (1878-1955) and attributed the drawing to him solely upon the "Nachlass Fritz Douzette" stamp on the back of the drawing, but I immediately recognized the subject as coming from a series of allegorical murals done by Professor Georg Sturm (1855-1923). It is not really clear whether Douzette copied the figure from a print (first illustration below and above) or if the drawing was a study by Sturm himself and just part of Douzette's estate collection. Without that key signature on the drawing, we may never know. Anyway, the small pencil drawing is a nice academic study, perhaps created for nothing but the sheer admiration of the original.
Dr. Georg Sturm (1855-1923) Allegory of the Hunt

Fritz Douzette (1878-1955) Nude Boy, after Allegory of the Hunt, from the estate of the artist.

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