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, December 7, 2011

Jules Elie Delaunay (1828-1891)(Attrib.): Nude Ephebe Kneeling in Prayer - 1860

Several weeks ago I made a French seller a discounted offer on the below preparatory drawing attributed to Jules Elie Delaunay (1828-1891) and it arrived this week. Delaunay studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the great master Hyppolyte Flandrin and later at the prestigious Academie de France in Rome. Delaunay's paintings are great examples of the Neoclassical style recognized by the French Academy in the nineteenth century. His numerous themes of ancient mythological heroes, muscular male physiques, and historical battle scenes, were all within the guidelines of the French Academie. He later amended the strict rules of Neoclassicism by adding voluptuous lines and a refined feel and harmonious personal touch. Neoclassical art was characterized by its classical forms and structure, clarity, and to a certain degree, its realism. French Neoclassicism emphasised patriotism, as well as a sense of civility and honorableness. The movement was particularly connected with the beliefs of the French Revolution and was seen as anti-aristocratic in nature.


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