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

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hermann Lismann (1878-1943): Badende Knaben (Nude Boys Bathing) circa 1920

Here is another beautiful gem of a painting I found in a European auction house archive. The title is "Badende Knaben." Hermann Lismann (1878-1943) was a lecturer in the art of painting and Art Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt. Because of his being a Jew, he was banned from teaching by the Nazi's in 1934 and fled to France. He studied in Rome and Paris in 1904 and belonged to a group of artists who met regularly at the Cafe du Dome in Paris. His post-impressionist works at the Staedelsches Museum in Frankfurt and at the Museum Wuppertal were confiscated and ultimately disappeared. In 1943 he was arrested by French authorities and deported to the Concentration Camp Majdanck where he died in 1943. A memorial by the Frankfurt Kunstuerein was held in 1959 and surprisingly, some 132 examples of his works went on exhibition. What a waste of a beautifully talented human being because of some twisted Progressive-National Socialist tyranny.

Title: Badende Knaben (Nude Boys Bathing)
Artist: Hermann Lismann (1878-1943)
Materials: Oils on Canvas
Dated: circa 1920

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