My collection of mostly 19th and early 20th Century Academic Nude Drawings, Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Bronzes, and Watercolors.
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
Links to Classical Drawing and Painting Ateliers and Artists
After my early retirement I went back to school to train in Fine Arts - Studio Painting at the University level. During my required life drawing classes, I became enamoured with the beauty of the nude, both male and female. Online I bought my first 19th Century work of the Academic Nude. I was hooked. It is such a shame that more Museums do not collect and display them but I guess they are considered minor works by such august bodies. I have amassed a nice collection of drawings, paintings, watercolors, and graphic works that adorn every wall in my home. Ocassionally I sell on eBay, passing along the joy of ownership to other collectors. That joy of collecting is the inspiration for my blog. I have tried not to limit myself to strictly 19th century works but instead include works from what I consider to be the Golden Age of the Art Academy, mid-18th to early 20th centuries. By the advent of modernism and the 1920's, the party was literally over. The academy system with its salons had collapsed and the strict academic teaching methods all but forgotten.
The following attribution derives from Walker Galleries Fine Art:
“A painter of the Belle Epoque, Gustave Poetzsch was born in 1870 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland where he started to learn painting from a very young age. The local mountains and lakes gave him his initial inspiration. In 1892 he enrolled at the Julian Academy in Paris. He entered the School of Fine Art in 1895 and studied under Gustave Moreau along with Henri Matisse, Charles Camoin and Paul de Frick.
In 1896, Poetzch married Marie-Louise Aulagne, a well-known milliner in the Faubourg Saint Honoré. Through her he was introduced to Parisian Society. He travelled to Deauville, the haunt of the haute monde, British aristocrats and American billionaires who enjoyed the casinos, bathing, yachting and golf as well as the jewellers and fashion houses.
In August 1913 Poetzch watched the finish of the Paris-Deauville race for seaplanes, a speed race which was held along the Seine. This vastly popular event was portrayed in several of his paintings. He also painted his wife and friends on the beach paying close attention to the prevailing fashions. His wife’s clientele feature as subject matter in his paintings. From 1895 he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon des Artistes Français and at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He also exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900.”
Gustave Poetzsch painted contemporary genre, landscapes and still lives. He owned a house in Yssingeaux in the Haute-Loire where he painted lacemakers and the countryside.. The Museé Carnavalet has a collection of his drawings relating to the defeat of the Germans in 1944.
A retrospective of his works was held in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Neuchâtel in 1950.”
Well, I have managed to get back into the swing of things again. I just bought these two Academic drawings from Poetzsch’s early career. I am guessing from his class studies in Gustav Moreau’s academic studies class. Enjoy: