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

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Late 18th Century French Academy: Male Nude in Pierre Noire


Self portrait of the artist (Anne-Louis Girodet)in pierre noire (above)

The sleep of Endymion (1791)(above)
A seller on eBay France has just listed this male nude study (below) which the seller dates to the 1790-1800 time period. He has made the somewhat bold attribution of the work to Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767-1824), thus justifying the ridiculous asking price. If wishes were horses we would all be riding big white ponies with carefully groomed manes. Girodet was, of course, a pupil of Jacques-Louis David and was noted for his paintings of the Napoleonic family. One of his iconic works is The Sleep of Endymion (1791)(above), which I am sure you all recognize immediately. I will be the first to let you know if the asking price gets a sucker, excuse me, I mean a legitimate buyer. It would take more than an eBay seller's word to support that kind of investment for me, perhaps a signature? Oh well, you can't have everything, or, perhaps if you wish hard enough you can have everything.

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