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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Henry Leland (1850-1877) Nude Male, Nude Female, Nude Ephebe


His career in art was short but marked by rapid success. Henry Leland was born in Walpole, Massachusetts in 1850 and died in a carriage accident on the streets of Paris December 5, 1877. He came late to art in 1874 after a career in mercantile pursuits. He traveled to Paris at that time and studied under Leon Bonnat (1833-1922), a leader in classical realism. He exhibited his 1st portrait, Mme. d'Alembert, at the Paris Salon of 1875. In 1877 he exhibited A Chevalier of the Time of Henry III and An Italian Girl at the Paris Salon. In 1875 during a return to Boston he painted two portraits and exhibited them at the Philadelphia Exhibition that same year. These drawings came out of a Cleveland, Ohio Auction House several years ago and into my collection. There were others in the lot but were of lesser quality and I sold them.

Caption: Male Nudes, Female nude, Nude Ephebe
Artist: Henry Leland (1850-1974)
Medium: Charcoal on Paper
Dated: circa 1877
Here are a few more examples of Leland's works:

Byzantine Courtyard in Venice

Girl with Mandolin - 1876

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