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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Erhard Amadeus-Dier (1883-1969): Erotic Prints (Early 20th Century)



A seller on eBay Austria has recently listed a series of small prints by the Austrian painter, graphic artist, designer, and musical composer Erhard Amadeus-Dier (1893-1969). Amadeus-Dier was most famous for his design of the Austrian Schilling paper banknotes from 1949-54. He studied at the Staatsgewerbeschule Vienna and the at the Academy of Arts, Vienna, which included a year of musical studies. He was an active participant in the resistance against the Nazi during WW II. I don't know about you but I love artistic erotica without all the crudeness you find in modern pornography. In this case, Amadeus-Dier used mythology and a lot of artistic creativity and a sense of humor to accomplish the deed. I have managed to figure out what some of them parady, see if you can identify the others...

ADDENDUM 07182012: Okay, mystery solved... the seller on eBay Germany has relisted these playful prints and has also listed the titles and here they are in the original French: Jugement de Paris, Le Berger, Jeu de Faun, Jupiter le pere des Dieux, Narcisse, Toilette de Venus, Le Tannhauser, Parsifal...... playful and funny.

Ganymede.... of course.

The Mirror of Venus....... I love it! ... as does Cupid apparently....

Hysterical..... a very unusual "Judgement of Paris."

It took me a while to figure this one out but: Narcissus

19th Century Late Empire Drawing: Reclining Male Nude

Addendum June 12, 2012: This is what happens when a seller does not carefully pack an antique drawing securely for the four thousand mile journey from France at the hands of Post Office PRIMATES! When I saw the soft corrugated cardboard container this drawing was wrapped in and the flattened shape of the container I just about lost it. I had to go outside and mow the lawn again just to cool off. I knew that drawing was now worthless. Needless to say this one is going back to France and no, an iron will not erase the damage on old paper! What a waste!

Last week I picked up this nice 19th Century Neoclassical Academie male nude study from a seller in France. It should be in transit as I post this. Neoclassicism is the name given to decorative and visual arts, etc. that drew inspiration from "classical period" of art and culture of Ancient Rome and Greece. The Empire style was the second phase of Neoclassicism.