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

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Georg Jahn (1869-1940): Intaglio Print (Etching) Zwei Mannliche Akte mit Pferden am Flussufer


The artist in his Studio, circa 1899 (above)

I found this beautiful example of Georg Jahn's "Two Male Nudes with Horses at the Riverside" on one of the European auction sites today. It really is breath taking in its execution and a prime example of Georg Jahn's (1869-1940) graphic works. Georg Jahn is a well known German painter and printmaker who was active at the end of the 19th century through his death in 1940. His works have been described as "lyrical realism" incarnate and I think that pretty much sums it up. Like many artists of the late 19th century, Jahn began his art career at an early age, age 14 to be exact, as a porcelain painter at the Royal Porcelain factory in Meissen. Earning a scholarship he was sent to the Art Academy in Dresden from 1888 to 1890 under Leon Pohle. From 1890 he studied at the Grand ducal Saxon School of Arts in Weimar under Max Thedy. Awards and medals followed him throughout his career.

Here is just a small sampling of his over three hundred fifty known prints:

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