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, September 8, 2012

Heinrich Susemihl (1862-?): Sitting Nude Boy - 1888

Well, there's a little bit of good news and some bad news. I programmed snipping bids for four of the Susemihl drawings but only managed to come away with one of them (below). This small drawing of a nude ephebe sitting on a modeling stool will be coming into my collection soon. I really wanted several of the other male nudes but I missed out. This particular drawing is signed by the artist and dated November 1888. You win some and you lose some.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Unknown Vienna Secessionist Artist: Standing Male Nude Circa 1880-1900

This beautifully executed study in pencil appeared on one of the European eBay sites this morning. It is unsigned and undated but the seller attributes the drawing to an unknown Vienna Seccession artist and dates it to the 1880 to 1900 time period.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Heinrich Susemihl (1862-?): Female Nude - Watercolor - 1905

The German Seller has listed a third round of nude works by Heinrich Susemihl (1862-?) and among them was this nice female nude in watercolor on paper. He has put a outrageous price on it (my humble opinion) so in this economy I would not expect it to sell immediately, although there are folks out there with deep pockets. I thought I would list it separately since it really is unusual and rare. I have listed the other works in the previous post several posts back. I don't know about you, but I love a well executed watercolor.

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: