My collection of mostly 19th and early 20th Century Academic Nude Drawings, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Bronzes, and Watercolors.
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
Links to Classical Drawing and Painting Ateliers and Artists
After my early retirement I went back to school to train in Fine Arts - Studio Painting at the University level. During my required life drawing classes, I became enamoured with the beauty of the nude, both male and female. Online I bought my first 19th Century work of the Academic Nude. I was hooked. It is such a shame that more Museums do not collect and display them but I guess they are considered minor works by such august bodies. I have amassed a nice collection of drawings, paintings, watercolors, and graphic works that adorn every wall in my home. Ocassionally I sell on eBay, passing along the joy of ownership to other collectors. That joy of collecting is the inspiration for my blog. I have tried not to limit myself to strictly 19th century works but instead include works from what I consider to be the Golden Age of the Art Academy, mid-18th to early 20th centuries. By the advent of modernism and the 1920's, the party was literally over. The academy system with its salons had collapsed and the strict academic teaching methods all but forgotten.
J. Fritz Zalisz (1893-1971): Prometheus - Aquatint
Self-portrait of the artist (above).
While I was posting that last print I thought I would post a current offering of Koserower Kunstsalon, Koserow, DE in their latest auction catalog. J. Fritz Zalisz was a German sculptor, painter, commercial artist, and printmaker who studied under A. Hildebrand in Munich and later at the Academy Liepzig. The title of this aquatint is "Prometheus." He was an exponent of Expressionism and a member of a group of German artists who called themselves "the missing persons generation."