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, July 16, 2010

Hendrik Gerrit Bokhorst (1894 - 1972) Nude Male Youths

Hendrick Gerrit Bokhorst (1894 - 1972) was a Dutch artist who came from a family of artistic individuals (father and brother). Bokhorst was born in Deventer in 1895. I have scant biographic information on his early training but he is listed as a decorative painter, glazier, and landscape painter. He possessed great talent and had a fine sense of mood and expression in his landscapes. Today, his work is rare and much sought after by collectors of painters of the Deventer School.

These several drawings and a number of others which I sold later were discovered in a small shop in an Amsterdam Flea Market several years ago. I had taken a biking-barge tour of central Holland and was spending a weekend in Amsterdam before departing for Paris the following week. They are beautifully executed studies of the male youth. (The slight discoloration on the drawings is just a shadow from the window light in which they were photographed.).

Caption: Nude Male Youths in various poses
Artist: Hendrik Gerrit Bokhorst (1894 - 1972) (Dutch)
Medium: pierre noir on laid paper
Dated: undated (First half of the 20th Century)

Here is an example of Bokhorst's mature work. According to what I have been able to research his works are somewhat rare and much sought after by a growing group of Deventer School painters in Holland.

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