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

Sunday, July 18, 2021


I happened upon this 19th century drawing in a long ago completed online auction. It is somewhat unusual in the display of a make believe firearm as a prop. Unfortunately there is no attribution as to the artist. Unique indeed. Enjoy. 

Portrait Nu Masculin Jeune homme ... Academic Painting of a Nude Male Youth

  I was floundering around on my usual European Auction sites when I happened upon this beautiful study of a male youth and an accompanying portrait. Both appear to be unsigned but are works worthy of inclusion here. The asking price was outside affordability for me but at least I can share them with you. Enjoy:

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Figurative Bronzes and Sculptures at Auction .......... June 2021


There have been a number of beautiful bronzes up for auction this month (At some very expensive asking prices). I thought I would share some of the more notable examples with you:


Friday, June 11, 2021

Jules Marie Auguste Leroux (1871-1954) Academic Drawings circa 1911

 (Above: The Artist in his Studio 1903)

A French Gallery has listed a number of academic drawings (with a stiff price tag) by Auguste Leroux (1871-1954) from the time period of 1911.   Jules Marie Auguste Leroux (1871-1954) was a French painter and illustrator. His brother Georges Paull Leroux (1877-1957) was also a talented artist who won the Prix de Rome in painting in1906 and was a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. He entered the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in 1892 where he studied in the studio of Leon Bonnat (1833-1922). Leroux later gained success as an illustrator of books. As a skilled lithographer, he worked with some of the greatest engravers of his time. His first works were full of symbolism and art nouveau combined with references to mythology and allegorical subjects. His later works show greater academic rigor. His three children are renowned for their own artistic talents. Enjoy...