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, June 30, 2012

William Mulready (1786-1863); Nude Academic Studies (19th Century Book Plates)

Portrait of the Artist
A Seller on one of the European eBay sites has apparently pulled several book plates from a 19th century publication and has listed them for sale. Although not original works, they do illustrate the fine artistic hand of Irish genre painter William Mulready (1786-1863). Mulready is best known for his romanticized paintings of 19th century rural scenes. He was educated in London and was taught painting skills that allowed him to be admitted to the Royal Academy School at the age of fourteen, quite an accomplishment. From around 1808 he started building a reputation as a genre painter of rural scenes. He also illustrated books. With his romanticism his works were very popular during the Victorian era. In 1815 he became an Associate of the Royal Academy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Unknown Artist - German School: Standing Male Nude (1880-1900)

Last night I bought this nicely executed male nude from a seller on eBay Germany. It is unsigned but dates from the 1880-1900 time period. The seller listed it simply as "pencil drawing from life."