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

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ludwig von Hofmann (1861-1945): Badende Knaben (Repost)

This afternoon I was browsing through some of my past posts on this blog and I noticed that I did a not so fine job of stitching together the pieces of one of my favorite Ludwig von Hofmann works, Badende Knaben (Bathing Boys), so I decided to give it another try. I have managed to perfect a technique of blowing the originals up to large pixilated sizes so that my eyes can see where the original parts should be joined together rather than rely upon just guessing. The results are far better than past postings. There is a lot of movement in this pastel drawing even though the figures themselves are static in their surroundings.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ernst Bischoff-Culm (1870-1917): Male and Female Nudes - Intaglio Print

I guess this is a 19th century male view of a frat party. A seller on eBay Germany listed this work by Ernst Bischoff-Culm (1870-1917) recently. The price is a bit out of my reach right now but I still like the action going on. Let's see: there's something here for everybody, girls holding hands with girls, guys holding hands with guys, guys and girls laughing, guys and girls holding hands, everybody doing the latest dance drunk on their feet, yup, that looks like a 19th century frat party to me! Anywho, Ernst Bischoff-Culm studied under Georg Knorr and Carl Steffeck at the Kunstakademie Konigsberg, later at the Kunstakademie Berlin under Hugo Vogel and Josef Scheurenberg.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rudolf Kaesbach (1873-1955): Nude Male Athlete with Ball - Bronze

Historia Auktionshaus, Berlin, DE. recently listed this beautiful bronze in their catalog. Rudolf Kaesbach is a well listed German artist. He studied at the Art Academy in Hanaus, Paris, and later in Brussels.