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, June 29, 2010

Lovis Corinth (1858 - 1925) Zwei Knabenakt (Two Nude Boys)

Lovis Corinth.......... Self-Portrait with Skeleton (1896)


Lovis Corinth was one of the most important exponents of German Impressionism. He began his art studies at the Konigsberg Art Academy under Professor Otto Gunther. In 1880 he went to Munich where he continued his studies under Franz von Defregger and later under Ludwig Lofftz. His works from that period in his career were influenced by the naturalist paintings of the Munich "Leibi-Kreis" (Leibl-Circle). Within German Realism, a group formed around the painter Wilhelm Leibl (1844 - 1900) in Upper Bavaria. This group turned against the predominant concept of academic Realism with its monumental history scenes. Unlike the academic concept of art, in which important issues were addressed in a heroic manner, and also in contrast with genre painting, which was also popular at the time, the painters of the "Leibl-Kreis" focused their attention to pure painting, meaning pictorial implementation, which often overlooked the object's particular materiality, thus attaining a decomposition of form in painting, was elevated above the object depicted. These tendencies of the Leibl painters made them precursors of abstraction and are somewhat a ground breaking modernity.

After a short stay in Antwerp, Corinth moved to Paris where attended the well known "Academie Julian". His instructors included Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury. In 1891 Corinth returned to Munich and became a founding member of the Munich "Sezession". In 1901 he moved to Berlin where he opened a painting school for women. In 1911 Corinth suffered a stroke and temporarily paralyzed on his left side, which had a pronounced change in his work. As the Nazi's came to power in Germany in the 1930's, Corinth's work was classified as "degenerate art" and many of his works were destroyed. Thanks to brave Museum administrators many of his works were hidden away to avoid confiscation by the Nazi. Some of his work went on the pyres and some of it was sold by the Nazis outside Germany.
In 1937 Corinth's works were featured in the Munich exhibition "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art), the most infamous of several exhibitions of "degenerate" art organized by the Nazis to incite the German public against modern art.

Fortunately, many of Lovis Corinth's graphic works are still affordable and I managed to snap this nice print up before it could disappear into some German collectors art collection. It is one of his early prints and fits in nicely with the other works in my collection. One has to have nerves of steel sometimes when auctions present an opportunity like this. Before a single bid could be placed I emailed the seller and inquired about what he wanted to realize on this print. He named a price and I immediately agreed. My research indicated few examples of this print have come up at auction recently so I grabbed it.

Caption: Zwei Knabenakt (Two Nude Boys)
Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858 - 1925)
Medium: Intaglio Print on Japanese Paper (edition of 50 prints)
Dated: 1908


Here are a few examples of Lovis Corinth's extensive oeuvre ...

Ariadne ...1912

Centaurs Embracing ...1911

Paradise ...1911 - 1912

Mother and Child...

Martyrdom ... 1907

Stehender nackter Knabe .... Standing naked boy 1905

Nana ...Female Nude

The Fall ... (Hell, fragment - circa 1901)

Crucified Thief ...1893

Die Jungen des Zeus .... 1905

Rhuhender Akt ...1910

Der Harem .... 1904


Johanna ...

Sampson Blinded...1912..Oil on Canvas

Witches ....1897

Wilhelm Wohlgemuth (1870 - 1942) The Three Graces

Wilhelm Wohlgemuth (1870 Paris - 1942 Rome) was a painter, draftsman, and graphic artist who studied at the Academy of Art in Munich, Italy, Dresden and later Frankfort. From 1898 he resided in Rome. He was a member of the German Art Union and Free Artist Union. This is an original pen and ink drawing circa 1910 and features one of my personal favorite iconographic images, that of The Three Graces. You see it repeated time and time again in Art History. I found a variation of this same study in color and listed it below. I found this beautiful drawing on a German website and loved the graphic quality of the drawing.

Here are a few examples of works by Wilhelm Wohlgemuth: