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

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Eduard Stiefel (1875-1968): Male Nude In Landscape

Aucktionshaus Hargesheimer & Gunter, Dusseldorf, DE has recently listed this fine figure study by the well listed Swiss artist Eduard Stiefel (1875-1968). He was a painter, Illustrator, and commercial artist. Unfortunately I could not find much in the way of biographic information other than he was initially trained as a lithographer at the Munich Academy and later taught at the School of Graphic Arts in Zurich. I just wonder if this could possibly be a self-portrait? The painting is described in the lot as "Herrenakt vor sommerlicher Seekulisse" (Male Nude Against a Summer Lakeside Panorama). The painting is signed and dated 1919. I am awed by the composition and the artist's color palette.

Here is a small sampling of his works:

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