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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pierre Munier-Jolain (1888-1922): Female Nude Academic Study

A seller on eBay France posted this nice double sided Female Nude academic study by French painter Pierre Munier-Jolain (1888-1922). Munier-Jolain was a painter of genre scenes, landscapes, watercolors, and a commercial illustrator. He was a student of Jean-Paul Laurens at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He also pursued a course at the Academie Julian.

This study is particularly interesting in that it illustrates some very interesting 19th century application of paint and color, not to mention the color palette itself and talented brushstroke techniques.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hermann Moest (1868-1945): Nude Boy on the Beach

Kunst & Auktionshaus Walter Ginhart, Germany has listed a Hermann Moest (1868-1945) nude study in their after sale catalog that I do not recall seeing before. It dates from the early part of the 20th century and is from the artist's personal estate according to the description.

Erich Schdmit-Kestner (1877-1941): Abschied von Alexander (Farewell to Alexander)

Auktionshaus Dr. Hull, Koln, DE has recently listed this beautiful bronze, Farewell to Alexander, in their current auction catalog by the famous German sculptor Erich Schdmit-Kestner (1877-1941). Schdmit-Kestner studied at the Art Academy in Berlin and the Dusseldorf Art Academy. He took many prizes for his monumental works and later taught sculpture. I love the nobility of this particular bronze. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Early 19th Century Crayon Manner Prints on the Auction Scene

As I scanned the print sections of the various European eBay sites recently, I came upon three new crayon manner prints that I had never seen before (directly below) and I thought I would share them with you. If you would like more information on the creation and history of the crayon manner print, then please pull up the previous posts on the subject here in the blog. Crayon manner prints are often confused with lithographs but trust me they are actually etchings. Enjoy.


Here are more examples of the crayon manner print:



Below I have posted illustrations of an original red chalk drawing by Johann Matthais Mauch (1792-1856) which dates from approximately the same time period (late 18th - early 19th centuries) for comparison sake. The prints are more than not marked in such a way as to disclose the name of the printer and the original artist. To my eye the prints have a more mechanical feel to them than the original drawing.


Monday, January 9, 2012

Early 19th Century Crayon Manner Academic Nude Prints (Engravings?)


Last night I bought two nice early 19th century Academic prints (above) on eBay France. The seller had them listed as "engravings" but I suspect they are more probably crayon manner etchings. I guess once I have them in my hands I can make a more positive distinction. These prints were probably used in some academic setting as copy sources for aspiring 19th century art students. I chose what I thought were the two prints in the best physical condition and concentrated my biding on those. Print restoration is not an inexpensive proposition, so I tried to decide on those prints that did not have missing paper, huge water stains, and hard creases across the paper. The foxing and mild water staining can be repaired fairly easily by bleaching but once you get into repairing more destructive type damage, such as missing paper, it gets progressively more expensive.


Here is the remainder of the seller's offerings: