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

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Romain Etienne Gabriel Prieur (1803-1879): Standing Male Nude, ca. 1825-30


A Seller on eBay France recently listed a number of academic nude drawings from the early 19th century. They date from the early 19th century (Circa 1825-1830) and appear to be quick nude studies executed in pierre noire. The seller has overpriced them, considering they are not detailed and finished drawings, in my humble opinion but the proof is in how long they sit there before someone grabs them. Prieur was a French painter and pupil of Jean-Victor Bertin (1767-1842) at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Prieur devoted his career to mostly historical landscapes. As a pupil he submitted works to various Parisian exhibitions. In 1833 he took the Prix de Rome, a considerable achievement in itself, and later continued his studies in Italy, where he remained for three years. After returning to France he won medals in 1842 and 1845 at the Paris Exhibition.

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