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

Friday, September 9, 2011

Josef Johan Ludwig Uphues (1850-1911) Bronze Male Nude - The Archer


This week I located an edition of Josef Uphues' (1850-1911) bronze "The Archer." After negotiations with the seller I made the purchase. There is another title given to this bronze "Hercules and the Stymphalian Birds" (see the variation below) also. The bronze appears to be in good shape with a little bend in the bow which I will check into having restored by a conservator. I will rephotograph the bronze when it arrives and post the results for you.

Josef Uphues was an important German sculptor who has been linked to many of the avant-garde movements of his day. In 1878 he entered the Konigliche Akademische Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Berlin. He apprenticed as a carpenter in his early years and later apprenticed as a stonemason in Wiedenbruck. He was a student of Reinhold Begas (1831-1911), a well known German sculptor, and Fritz Schaper (1841-1919). In 1882, he became a master student of Reinhold Begas and from 1885 t0 1891 he worked as an assistant in Begas' private studio. From 1892 he started a business studio of his own and in 1899 he became professor and member of the Berlin Secession. Uphues experimented with Jugendstil, a German decorative arts movement inspired by the Art Nouveau movement in France.


Here are additional variations of the bronze and another work by Uphues:


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