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

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Unsigned Early 19th Century Drawing: Nude Youth With Staff

A seller on eBay France has recently posted this nice early 19th century Academic drawing of a nude youth. The drawing is unsigned and undated but is typical of the early to mid-19th century Academy. The asking price is bordering on insanity but what the hey, it's only money.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unsigned 19th Century Watercolor Portrait of a Boy

I think of all the media used for Academic Nude studies, watercolor has to be the rarest. You just do not see nude watercolors come up for sale every day of the week. This sweet little portrait popped up on a European Auction site today but unfortunately the artist did not bother to sign nor date it. Of all the media in art, I think watercolor requires the most talent and physical control of the media. Watercolor just does not reward sloppiness. It will very quickly become apparent as to whether, as in the case of farming, you are a success or failure. I am sure because of age the colors in this little portrait have faded over time but the composition and execution is still admirable.

Addendum: 07-18 .. Although I placed several bids on the Berlin sellers auctions (posting below this one) I only managed to buy this little portrait. He will be heading into my collection shortly.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mid-19th Century Academic Nudes - German School

A seller on eBay Germany has just listed a series of second and third level mid-19th century academic nudes from an unknown German school. Several are signed but only with an initial and last name (H. Muhle). To my eye the quality and attention to detail is just not first level work like one would find coming out of the 19th century French Schools. One or two would be worth a bidding effort though.