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, April 11, 2012

Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945): Female Nude - Intaglio Print

This is an interesting find from a European Auction House. If you know the work of Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945), then you will immediately recognize how unique this intaglio print of an academic nude is. I find her graphic works, although superb in their execution, foreboding and depressive to the point of the contemplation of suicide on the part of the viewer (I may be exaggerating slightly, maybe just wounding yourself, requiring a few stitches). She seems to have been affected by something in her life that brought up an immense amount of angst. Her works are beautiful but I am not sure I could stand having one of her prints hanging on my walls. I do not think in all the books I have browsed, many including her works, that I have ever seen an example of an academic nude done by her. As you can see, she was blessed with a great amount of artistic talent.

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