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, January 28, 2012

Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873): Adam and Eve

Portraits of the artist during various times in his life.


I was browsing through auction archives this morning and ran across this beautiful Adam and Eve painting by the Danish painter Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873) and thought I would share it with you. Wilhelm Marstrand was a well known Danish instrument maker, inventor, and artist who was active during what has been described as "The Golden Age of Danish Painting." He studied at Copenhagen's Metropolitan School but books just did not do it for him. A family friend and painter, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, also a Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art, recommended a career in art. At age 16, Mastrand began his studies in art under the tutelage of Eckersburg from 1826 to 1833. He later became a renowned history painter, demonstrating grand classical themes from mythology and history. He went on to be named Chancellor of the Art Academy. During the later years of his life he turned to religious themes.



Here is just a small sampling of his many works:


Friday, January 27, 2012

Monogrammist "P.P." - Bas-Relief - Arbeiter Industrie - ca. 1930

A seller in Austria has listed another one of those beautiful Bas-relief bronzes from the 1930's. The artist is not identified beyond the monogram "P.P." and this time the subject matter is typical of the 1930's ... The Industrial Worker. It has that wonderful Art Deco feel to it and just oozes strength and nobility.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Philip Fleischer (1850-1930): Standing Male Nude - 1900

This morning I cranked up the computers and this drawing popped up on eBay Austria. One of my favorite sellers in Germany had listed it. It was listed at an affordable Buy-it-now price and I grabbed it. It is unique in that the model himself is identified in a notation at the bottom. The notation identifies the model as "Johannes Schilling." Schilling it turns out was a noted Sculptor.

Philip Fleischer (1850-1930) studied at Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld in Dresden and at the Munich Academy of Fine Art under Karl von Piloty. He traveled extensively to Italy, England and to Paris. He specialized in historical panoramas, genre scenes, portraits, and illustrations.

Caption: Standing Male Nude (Model noted as Johannes Schilling - sculptor)

Artist: Philip Fleischer (1850-1930)

Medium: Graphite on wove Paper (Signed and dated)
Dated: 4/10/1900


Here is an example of his other works:


Portrait of a Young woman in Profile

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

19th Century French Prints - "Roman Soldier" and "The Fighter"

The two 19th century French prints I bought several weeks ago arrived yesterday. I must admit that in person they are large and impressive. There is some foxing and that light water damage but the overall effect is quality printing. I do not see a plate mark around the edges so exactly what they are (lithographs, etchings, engravings, or crayon manner prints) will remain up for speculation. My guess ...... engravings? The water damage-discoloration is not that obvious to the naked eye but the camera picks them up as quite distinct against the paper color. The first photograph was converted to gray-scale and gives pretty much the same look as the naked eye. The attribution in French at the bottom translates "Drawing after nature by Hervier serious student of David and by Perrot." The "Hervier" in question is possibly Marie-Antoine Hervier (1783-?), who was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). He was a miniaturist painter of some fame. The "Perrot" in question is most probably Aristide Michel Perrot (1793-1879), the famous French engraver-cartographer & essayist.

Soldat Romain .......... Roman Soldier

Lutteur .... The Fighter or Wrestler

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Academic Nudes from the Archives of Tajan Auction House, France

Emmanuel Michel Benner (1873-1965) Female Study

I spent most of yesterday and this morning going through thousands of archived lots from the French auction house Tajan, looking for those gems of academic nudes that I thought you would enjoy. The auction house has a funky way of listing their auctions and after wading through their "Modern and Contemporary" auctions and almost tossing my cookies (I thought I would have to call my local suicide hot line after all that garbage that poses as "art" and have them talk be down from the roof) so I stuck to the 19th century and earlier auctions of the "Old Masters." Most of the posts I have for you will be from the 18th century and beyond, with a few nice 19th century examples. I saved literally 175 files so this will take some time to cull through and post, so bear with me. I thought I would pick out what I thought were some really fine examples of purely academic works and post those first to keep them from getting lost in the crowd. Enjoy (My thanks to Tajan for the illustrations and attributions)

Antonin Mercie (1845-1916) La Vierge Noire

Jules Girardet (1856-1946) Pan

Michel Martin Drolling (Attrib.)(1786-1851) Standing Male Nude

Pierre-Narcisse Guerin (attrib.)(1774-1833) Academie d'Homme

18th Century French School, Circle of Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre (1713-1789)

18th Century Italian school, Neoclassical Study

Emmanuel Michel Benner (1873-1965) Nu Feminin 1892

Francois Joseph Deutsch (1784-1860) Academie d'homme en pied tirant a l'arc

Georges Antonie Rochegrosse (1859-1938) La Glorie de Sportif

Jean-Jacques Karpff (1770-1829) Standing Male Nude

Julius Gari Melchers (1860-1932) Bathers

Paul-Desire Trouillebert (1829-1900) Academie

Garcon Nu allonge sur une nappe imprimee - 1908 (This is an Egon Schiele work - not sure how it go into the stack of auction finds but will leave it)

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874) Etude pour le joueur de flute