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

Friday, May 14, 2010

Karoly Ferenczy (1862 Vienna - 1917 Budapest) - Male Nude

Caroly (Charles) Ferenczy (1862 - 1917) was born into a well-to-do middle class family. It was not before completing his law studies and graduating from the College of Economy that Frenczy took up painting, primarily influenced by his future wife Olga von Fialka. He travelled to Italy in 1885 and spent some time in Naples where he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti. On a short visit to Munich in 1887 he met young Hungarian painters studying there, all of them influenced by Juks Bastien-Lepage. This association encouraged him to study in Paris (1887-1890) where he attended the Academie Julian. He was taught and influenced by Tony Robert-Fleury and Adolphe-William Bouguereau, but the greatest influence upon his art was Bastien-Lepage. After 1906 he moved to Budapest and became a professor at the School of Drawing in the predecessor of the College of Fine Arts. During his last creative period he mostly painting decorative works of nudes.

Caption: Standing Male Nude
Artist: Karoly Ferenczy (1862 - 1917)
Medium: Conte on paper
Dated: circa 1887 - 1890 - signed on the lower right corner
This is a nicely exectued standing male nude. Most standing male nudes take on the upright contraposito stance with the weight shifted to one leg and the other leg bent at the knee. This is a nice variation of that pose with the model leaning on that wicker stool. The artist has captured the pose and the model in fine detail. The model sports a nice set of family jewels..... well you get the idea if you look closely enough at the anatomy of his daingly parts. Needless to say it must have been a challenge to get all of that stuff in the drawing without taking a deep breath.

Here are a few additional mature works by Ferenczy:

Adam 1894
Three Boys Bathing 1912

Orpheus 1894

Sleeping Woman 1912
Acrobats 1913
Boys Throwing Pebbles Into The River 1890

Double Portrait - Beni & Noemi 1908
Please continue to scroll all this space got here is a mystery to me...

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