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

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711) Foundations of Drawing 1701 - Male Nude Etchings

I found this beautiful set of detailed etchings on a German site this morning and thought I would share them with you. They came from a manual on the art of drawing by the Dutch (Baroque Era) painter-etcher, and art theorist Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711). After de Lairesse lost his sight, he was forced to earn his living by giving art lessons. He intensively collected older prints like those of Crispijn de Passe and contemporary drawings on the theory of sketching. He published his own etchings on the subject, based on older prints, in 'Grondlegginge der Teekenkonst' (Foundations of Drawings) in 1701. His works were translated from the original Dutch into French in 1719 and to German in 1745. I thought they were unique and decided to list them as examples of works intended as copy work by art students in the 18th century. Perhaps I can add at least one of them to my own collection. Enjoy.

Caption: Images from a manual on the art of drawing
Artist: Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711)
Medium: Intaglio Print on Paper
Dated: circa early 1700's

Here are a few examples of Lairesse's beautiful graphic works: (Images courtsey of Inventaire du Department des Arts Graphiques, The Louvre)

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