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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Melina Eudoxie Daviau (1874-1961): Academic Male Nudes 1900-1907

Last night I made an offer to the seller in France on three of the Melina Daviau (1874-1961) drawings  and he accepted the offer, so the three nudes posted below will be coming into my collection shortly. Daviau was a French designer, landscape, and portrait artist. He exhibited at the Salon des Artists Francais, Paris, in 1906. He was a pupil of Luc-Olivier Merson (1804-1889) who taught at the Academie des Beaux-arts and was most famous for his postage stamp and currency designs. Merson also has stained glass windows he designed here in the United states.

I did manage to find one other drawing by Daviau for sale at a Paris Gallery (Below):

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