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, January 6, 2012

Vienna Secessionist Bronze Bas-Relief: Ballspielender Knabe - Nude Boy Playing with a Ball ... Ca. 1910 - Circle of Egon Schiele

The Austrian Bronze bas-relief of the Nude Boy Playing with a Ball arrived yesterday. When I picked the package up I had a shock.... it weighs eight and a half pounds. That's one heavy piece of bronze. It is quite substantial in both weight and appearance. This is a quality bronze relief, much to my surprise. It is also much larger than I had imagined. It must be a sand cast bronze since there is hardened sand-like material adhering to the inside of the back. I have checked it over closely and I cannot find a signature anywhere, so that will remain a mystery until I by some miracle run across a reference book with an illustration.

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