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

Friday, December 7, 2012

LÉONCE JOSEPH DE JONCIERES (1871-1930): Narcisse - Nude Ephebe _ circa 1890

This painting by Leonce Joseph de Joncieres (1871-1930), titled by the seller as "Narcisse" (Narcissus), has been listed by a seller in France for a small fortune. It is in oils on paper mounted on canvas. The frame appears to be in mostly good shape in spite of the obvious damage. I would venture to say that the darker images in the listing are closer to the actual appearance of the painting than those bright flash lit photographs. A flash will always light up a dark painting and brighten the colors, much to the detriment of a potential buyer. Needless to say the painting could stand a major cleaning. Unfortunately, I could find very little information on the artist other that a few past auction reports.

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