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, March 7, 2011

Wilhelm Gallhof (1878-1918): Female Nude (Die Korallen-Kette) The Coral-Chain

Every so often I run across a painting that just takes my breath away. This morning I was browsing my favorite German Auction Houses and I ran across a current offering, a beautiful female nude, that did just that..... took my breath away. If you have an extra Euro 3,700.00+ to get started, you can take this one home with you. The detail in the materials around the figure is amazing and I am jealous. The figure itself is so beautifully rendered by color and brush stroke and the painting is done in such a manner as to be beautiful in every sense of the word and not offensive in its implied eroticism, simply a celebration of youth and the intense beauty of the human body. I thought I would post it separately for your enjoyment.
Wilhelm Gallhof (1878 at Iserlohn - Died in Action 1918) was a German artist who studied in Munich, Karlsruhe, and with Lovis Corinth in Berlin. He worked in Weimar and Paris and was represented in many national and international exhibitions. As a sculptor and graphic artist, he was equally successful and brilliant as a painter. This particular painting appeared as a full page display in the German Magazine: Jugend (Youth), 1917, Volume II, No. 42, page 824/825). What a terrible shame that war had to take this wonderfully talented human being.