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

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Carlos Grethe (1864-1913) Gegen den Strom (Against the Current) Circa 1900

This is a little off topic but bear with me and enjoy this fine work. It may stimulate some creative juices out there. This morning I browsed the current auction catalog of Auctionshaus Geble, Radolfzell, DE and this fine painting really took my breath away. Sometimes I am browsing along, going through hundreds of artworks looking for exceptional nudes and all of a sudden something else catches my eye. Although this painting is outside my collecting purview, to my eye it really represents a perfect collective storm of drawing, composition, movement, creating and releasing stress, color, brushstroke, and just plain perfect draftsmanship. Carlos Grethe (1864-1913) was a member of the Munich Seccession and co-founder of the Stuttgard and Karlsruhe Artists Association during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is well known as a marine and genre painter. This particular painting, according to the description, was exhibited at the Leipzig Art Association Exhibition. The title of the painting is: Gegen den Strom (Against the Current).

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