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, December 15, 2012

Strobl Zsigmond Kisfalvdi (1884-1975): Portrait of a Young Girl - Marble Sculpture

I was browsing last years Hungarian auctions and I ran across this beautifully executed marble portrait of a young girl by Hungarian artist Strobl Zsigmond Kisfalvdi (1884-1975). The artist has captured the delicate features of the model with exceptional skill. Unfortunately, I could find very little biographic information on the artist. I have some more Hungarian works for you and will post them later. Most of the works I have to scan through are post 1940 works and are modernist in execution. Just an observation, but it is strange that few pre-1900 Hungarian academic nudes have come to my attention during the course of my postings and most of the auction houses seem to concentrate on Old Master works and modernist post 1940 works. The nudes that I do find are, in my opinion, not worth the effort to post.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cornelia Paczka-Wagner (1864-1930): Female Nudes - circa 1897

I was browsing the print section of eBay Austria this morning and I ran across two beautiful Algraphs by the German painter and graphic artist Cornelia Paczka-Wagner (1864-1930). Apparently she specialized in the female nude and her etchings and lithographs are characterized by contrasting naturalistic symbols focusing on the human form. Algraphy was an early photographic technique similar to zincography using paper impregnated with aluminium salts.

 Paczka-Wagner, Cornelia. - Armor und Psyche. - Studie zu einer jungen Psyche (1897)

CORNELIA PACZKA-WAGNER - Weiblicher Akt - Algrafie um 1900

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tokai Ferenc (1962-): "Reneszánsz" - "Renaissance" - Contemporary Hungarian Artist

I was browsing Hungarian Auction House past auctions for 2011 today and I ran across this nice contemporary work. The title is "Renaissance" and, unfortunately, I could not find much biographic information on the artist. This is really a thought provoking work and I thought I would post it and let you decide the meaning behind it. It's not 19th century but it certainly got my attention. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

European Winter Auction Season Offerings: December 2012

The winter European auction season has produced some nice late 19th century nude works. I have posted them, along with a few non-nude genre paintings for your enjoyment. I have more from last months offerings and will post them later. Enjoy.

Edmond Sijben de Maroye (1876-1970): Mother with her children in Landscape

Edmond Sijben de Maroye (1876-1970): Female Nude

Edmond Sijben de Maroye (1876-1970): Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Nude Girl - Children Playing at the Beach

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Nude Female

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Nude Boy

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Nude Boy

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Standing Nude Female

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Semi-Nude Male with Laurel Wreath

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Seated Male Nude

Marcel Sijben de Maroye (1878-1962): Nude Girl (Watercolor on Paper)

Unknown Artist: Nude Boy with Staff - Mid-19th Century European school

Onges (?): Thinking - Seated Male Youth

Oldrich Homolac (1872 - ?) Semi-nude Girl - 1892

Charles Mayer (Died in 1840): Standing Male Nude

Emanuel Baschny (1876-1932) Liegender Akt - 1910

Wilhelm Hauschild (1827-1877): Seated Male Nude

Hugo Havenith (1853-1900): Flote spielender Knabe mit Hund im Wald -1892

Hugo Walzer (1884-1923): Fruhlingslandschaft mit jungen Parr