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, January 29, 2014

Unknown Artist - Unknown German School: Nude Boy Sitting On A Rock - Circa 1900

This is the first of the two small academic nudes I managed to take at auction last night, in this particular case a beautiful little watercolor of a nude boy sitting astride a large rock. When it arrives I will check into having a paper restoration specialist remove those foxing stains from the paper. I am sure that will greatly improve the surface and appearance of the image. I am always impressed with the artistic capabilities of anyone well versed in watercolor techniques. It is a difficult medium and requires a lot more than casual artistic skills to really master. You can see the underlying pencil drawing if you look closely and I really love how the artist has used the paper color itself to carry the majority of the flesh tones in the torso and arms and legs.  Enjoy.

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