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

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Der Schüchterne Knabe….“The Shy Boy”....Signed & Dated 1924... Oils on Canvas by Hermann Weidlich (1899-1956)

Another great Auction find is headed into my collection from Germany. It's an oils on canvas painting signed and dated 1924 titled "Der Schüchterne Knabe“ (The Shy Boy) by the German Artist Hermann Weidlich (1899-1956).
It looks as though a good cleaning is in store for the painting. Here is some biographical informaItion I managed to find on the Artist:..........Hermann Weidlich was born in 1899 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1900s and 1910s. The Fauves are widely considered to be the first foremost Post-Impressionist group, working in the at the start of the twentieth century. With artists such as Henry Matisse within their ranks, the Fauves believed that intense, other worldly colours and energetic brushstrokes were a key component of painting. At the same time, a young Pablo Picasso, still in his youth, created his famed Blue and Rose periods in Paris, and by the end of the 1920s he had developed the first ideas of depicting fractured views of reality alongside his contemporary Georges Braque. This movement became known as Analytical Cubism. The vigorous development of pictorial art defined the first decades of the twentieth century. It was an era of experimentation and post-Impressionism, with artists first delving into Expressionism and Abstraction. A variety of collectives and groups of artists across the globe evolved many ways of expressing these crucial innovations. The De Stijl group in the Netherlands, led by the teachings of Piet Mondrian, began to practice important theories concerning Abstraction. Alongside this, Kasimir Malevich and his contemporaries developed Constructivism and Suprematism in the Soviet Union. These radical styles of art were demanding and politicised, and looked to serve a new world order. The first twenty years of the twentieth century can be viewed to be the most prolific, and are seen as the period in art history when modern and modernist philosophies initially began to take hold culturally. Mechanisation in production and ideas of order and rationality ensured the discipline of architecture to develop at an extraordinary rate, and was defined by in the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Bauhaus was prevalent at this time and defined the idea of a common discipline across all types of creative art. Most, if not all, of the ideologies of key art movements that we associate with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of work made during this era. The psychological uses of art began to be further explored and developed following the terrors of the WWI. Dadaism, a nonsensical and absurdist movement inspired directly by the war, appeared in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Hannover, and launched the careers of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. The vital philosophies behind Dadaism would go on to find ground in Surrealism, which was the first art movement to fully incorporate psychology and ideas about the subconscious, and took great inspiration from the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. In the meantime, Expressive painting was being developed and explored in various places across the world. the Nabis in France were the first to delve into this movement at the turn of the century, and German groups such as Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter soon followed suit, developing the careers of legendary artists such as Kirchner, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky......... And here are a few examples of his other works:

Small Bronze of a Nude Boy Sitting On A World Globe..... German Casting, Unsigned, Circa 1900 - 1930

This little guy is on his way from Germany. I found him lurking on eBay Germany and his cuteness was worth the small asking price. The little bronze (15cm high) is unsigned but after doing a little research it appears the concept was very popular in home art in Germany at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. He will go on display with the other small bronzes sitting on my computer desk! Enjoy.
Graduation Day seems to be the reason behind the theme of "Globe Sitting!"

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

IT'S A BOY!!!!

After the birth of six beautiful grand-daughters from my two sons, my youngest US ARMY Major son just informed me that his fourth child will be a BOY! I want to tell you, believe it or not, that last year I had a premonition that a grandson was coming but I just marked it off to a silly dream! I can't imagine a more lucky little boy than having three older sisters! Poor little guy, he will be on the straight and narrow for the rest of his life and they will never fail to remind him that they all changed his diapers!

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Unknown Artist - French Bronze, circa 1860... Standing Nude Boy.. Playing a Tune for a Couple of Rabbits

This small bronze arrived several weeks ago from another UK Antiques Dealer. There is not much information about it other than the obvious. The Dealer listed it as a French bronze circa 1860. Enjoy:

Lucy Gwendolen Williams (British, 1870-1955) ...... Art Deco Bronze of a Nude Boy

This little Bronze, circa 1930's casting, is headed into my collection from an Antiques Dealer in Britain. These small sculptures don't take up a lot of space and add an amusement factor to my collection. Williams was born in Lower Bebington, Cheshire, UK. During the 1890s she studied at the Wimbledon College of Arts under the tutelage of Alfred Drury, later moving to the Royal College of Art where she was taught by Professor Edouard Lantieri. Although she also painted watercolours and reliefs, her main work was in bronze or marble, consisting of statuettes, busts and children's heads. In 1893, whilst still a student at Wimbledon College, some of her work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and she was to continue exhibiting there until 1935. Her work was also shown at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Paris Salon and in Rome and New York. Williams awards included silver medals at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and the Franco-British Exhibition and a bronze Santiago medal. Her private patrons included Queen Alexandra of Denmark and Queen Margherita of Italy, while examples of her work in Britain include two bronze statuettes in Leeds and one in Liverpool. She died in Buxton in 1955.
And here is a sampling of her other works: