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, October 25, 2012

Eduard Stiefel (1875-1968): Female Nude in the Studio - 1903

Several weeks ago I found a beautiful Male nude listed in an auction catalog by the Swiss Artist Eduard Stiefel (1875-1968) and posted it for you (See the last illustration below). This afternoon while browsing eBay Austria I found another example of his work, this time an intaglio print of a female nude in a studio setting. I love these nudes in the studio setting. This print is a fine example of Stiefel's artistic abilities. In the hands of a capable restoration specialist, that foxing on the print can be removed.

Here is the male nude from the original post:

Do You See what I See? Or Is My Mind In The Gutter?

I stumbled on this little gem this morning on eBay Austria. I had to pick myself up off the floor to stop laughing. At first I thought it was some kind of mistake, given that overt phallic design in the cut of the mat, then I read the description and looked closely at the content of the composition. That is the Blessed Virgin standing there, No?. How would you like to have been a 19th century husband unveiling this to your household after having taken this nice watercolor study of a monument to the Emperor and fallen soldiers by your favorite artist to the picture gallery for framing and having this come home? I will bet the housemaids were giggling every time they walked past that phallic shape in the master's bedroom.