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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Marie Augustin Zwiller (1850-1939): Academic Drawing of a Nude Boy

When someone tells you "What goes around, comes around" then believe them. Last month a German seller posted this academic drawing of a nude ephebe by Marie Augustin Zwiller (1850-1939). I made a pleasant enquiry regarding the lot, shipping charges, an immediate buy price, and received a verbal thrashing. Now I am known on eBay for my "you get more flies with honey than vinegar" approach, so I carried on in my mild mannered approach.  I do not think I have ever had a seller be so down right mean in his reply. This guy was a horse's-ass. I had asked about a direct buy purchase price and we sent emails back and forth for a few days and I finally said "Screw it!" and gave up. I even offered to pay all of his listing fees, including his Paypal fees for what I considered a reasonable offer. After we agreed upon a price, he nails me with what I knew to be outrageous shipping charges. That's when I decided I simply did not want the problems. The auction went off without me and the drawing sold for a few hundred Euros. Guess what? This morning the drawing pops up on eBay France with a price double what I know the German seller sold it for, even with the same photograph the German seller originally listed. I have to laugh, sellers are always out for a buck or two. Unfortunately, I could find little biographic information on the artist but he is well represented in the auction world.

Here is a small selection of his figurative works:

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