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, January 21, 2012

George Minne (1866-1941): Bronze Edition of "Adolescent I" (Nude Male Youth)


(Photograph of the Artist: Second from the left)


A Berlin Gallery has recently listed a bronze edition of George Minne's "Adolescent I" on eBay Germany. The asking price is in the five figure range so that puts me at the back of the bus. George Mimme (1866-1941) was a very well listed Belgian sculptor who was famous for his Symbolist monumental works. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent and then at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He established his own bronze foundry in 1910. His most famous works were a series of kneeling youths and the marble sculpture of the below subject, which I believe is in the Getty Museum. Like other Symbolist's, he favored exploring human spiritual life and inner conflict. He studied architecture before going on to painting and sculpture. Minne's works overall contain a surprisingly few motifs which he explored over and over.



Here are just a very few of the many examples of his works:


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