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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Auction Finds - European Auction Sites - April 2012

I have culled some nice academic works for you from European auction sites (below). Most are anonymous works but worthy of posting.

17th century Italian school

19th century French school ... Sleeping male nude

Jean-Michel Merceir (1786-1874) ... Standing Male Nude in Heroic Pose

Late 18th - Early 19th century Academic study

19th century French Academy

19th century French School (above two drawings)

19th century French school - Standing Male Nude

Unknown artist - 19th century .. Mythological scene with Nude Boy

Yvette Dreanna (?)- Nude Youth with Flute

Pierre Delorme (1783-1859) Standing Male Nude

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jean Didier-Tourne (1882-1967): Christ Healing a Sick Child

One of my favorite Parisian sellers on eBay France listed this interesting under-drawing on canvas this week. The religious subject matter was intended as a depiction of Christ healing the sick, but obviously the painting never made it beyond the preliminary drawing stage (been there, seen that). I love working drawings and I think a working drawing like this says so much about the artist and his native artistic abilities. Unfortunately, I have not been able to turn up much biographical information on the artist, but the drawing itself is well worth a second admiring look.

Heinrich Linde-Walther (1868-1939): Academic Study of a Nude Boy


Self Portrait of the artist


Auktionshaus Stahl, Hamburg, DE, introduced this beautiful Impressionistic Academic study of a nude boy by the well known German artist Heinrich Linde-Walther (1868-1939) in their recent auction catalog. I am not a big fan of Impressionism, (taxes my attention deficit disorder too much --- ooh, look over there... shiny!) but this painting really drew in my artistic eye, especially in the very competent way the artist has used color with that beautiful brushwork. Heinrich Eduard Linde-Walther was the brother of another well known German artist, Herman Linde. Linde-Walther studied at the Munich Academy and later at the Academie Julian in Paris. He was later a Professor at the Art Academy Lubeck.



Here is a small sampling of his mature works: