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

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Leon Lepeltier (1877-1960): Standing Male Nude - Drawing From The Antique

Leon Lepeltier at work...

Lepeltier (#26)

Atelier des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1896


I just picked up this very nice example of a late 19th century student drawing from the antique. I missed an earlier male nude by the same artist but managed to grab this one for less than forty dollars US. Quite a bargain if I must say. Leon Lepeltier (1877-1960) is a well listed French artist who studied along with some big name French artists at the Atelier des Beaux-Arts de Paris such as Henri Matisse, Georges Roualt, and Albert Marquet at the end of the 19th century. He was a painter of architecture and interiors. During the latter part of his life he worked as a conservator for several French National Museums. He was a pupil of Gustave Moreau, Francois Flameng, Francois Morel and Cormon. He attended the studio of Gustave Moreau in 1895 and this drawing is from that period. In the class photograph above, Lepeltier is number 26. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais where his works took Honorable Mention in 1899 and in 1900 at the ocassion of the l'Exposition Universelle, Paris.


Early 20th Century German Wine Advertisement: Rohrendorfer Teufele

This morning a seller on eBay Austria listed this fun piece. It is an original oil painting for a German Winery from the early part of the 20th century. What caught my attention was the subject matter, artist's use of color, and that competently applied, beautiful thick brushwork. Being a painter myself, brushwork and the convincing use of color always attracts my attention. Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

19th Century Academic Study: Standing Male Nude

A few minutes ago I picked up this nice Male Nude Study on eBay France. Unfortunately, I can find no biographical information on the artist (M. Brurd?) (signed in the lower left corner). Still, a nice 19th century nude study.

Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860) Seated Male Nude - Pen and Ink Drawing ... ca. 1810-20

Our friend at La Portantina di Mattia Jona, Milan, Italy has just posted his new aquisitions. This nice pen and ink Male Nude caught my eye. Pelagio Palagi (1775-1860) was an Italian architect, portrait painter, furniture designer and collector. He started his training early and by the age of 20 he was collaborating with Antonio Basoli in Bologna. He attended the evening drawing sessions at the home of the Italian engraver Frencesco Rosaspina. In 1802 he studied at the Bolognese Accademia. In 1806, he moved to Rome, continuing his studies at the Accademia de San Luca under Camuccini. In 1815, he moved to Milan, where he remained until 1832. During his residence in Milan he established a private school of painting and architecture. He was elected to the Brera Academy. In 1832 he was employed by then King Carlo Alberto to direct the decoration of the royal residences. (Thanks to Matta Jona for the illustration and biography of the artist)

Winter Season European Auction Finds: Intaglio Prints

The Winter European Auction scene is in full swing. If you love antique prints the way I do, then this is a perfect time to add some very nice 16th to 20th century intaglio prints to your collection. I have gone through and culled out a good many figurative works for your enjoyment. Enjoy.
Paul Troger (1698-1762) Pieta

Hans Thoma (1839-1924) Garden of Eden

Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) Pieta .. 1596

Cajetan Schweitzer (1844-1913) River God

Jan Saenredam (1565-1607)

Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) The Roman Hero

Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) Der Sturz des Ikarus

Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) Calphurnius

Giovanni Battista Galestruzzi (1618-1677) Silenus accompanied by Fauns and Satyrs

Georgio Ghisi (1520-1582) Frescoes of the Galerie d'Ulysse

Georgio Ghisi (1520-1582) Hercules with the Hydra

Ernesto Bazzaro (1859-1937) Nude Female

Ernesto Bazzaro (1859-1937) Female Nude

Georg Christoph Eimmart (1638-1705) Self Portrait supported by Putti

Dutch, 16th Century... Christ with the Cross in a niche

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) The so called "Despairing"

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) The Flag Waiver

Zacharias Dolendo (1561-1601) The Powers of the World

Oreste Costa (1851-1910) (Attrib.) Young St John the Baptist

Nicolas Chapron (1612-1656) The Drunken Silenus

Charles-Michael-Ange Challe (1718-1778) La Mort d'Hercule

Carlo Carlone (1686-1775) Academic Nude

Antonio Canova (1757-1822) Napolean as peace

Bruno Heroux for Alfred Probst (ca. 1920)

Hans Brosamer (1480-1552) The Judgement of Paris

Pierre Brebiette (1598-1650) The Holy Family with the infant St. John

Orazio Borgiano (1575-1616) The Lamentation of Christ

Jan de Bisschop ... Two Male Nudes

Philips Bile ... Tibris --- From The Series of Sea and River Gods.

Philips Bile ... Danubius

Philips Bile .... Scaldis

Philips Bile -- Tagus

Benvenuto Disertori (1887-1969) Apollo et La Fortuna (1930)

Sebad Beham --- Adam and Eve

Nicolas Beatrizet -- The River god Tiber