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, November 22, 2012

Book Review: The Art of Drawing in France - 1400-1900

 Charles-Andre (Carle) Van Loo - Male Nude Standing With A Writing Tablet - 1863

 Edme Bouchardon - Small Child Seated, Holding A Laurel Wreath - 1863

Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres - Angel of Death

Francois Boucher - Male Nude Study -Black Chalk heightened with White Chalk

I was browsing eBay France last week and I stumbled (one of my favorite past-times, I have the x-rays and MRI's to prove it) onto the French edition of this exhibition catalog of Drawings from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm which took place at The Drawing Center, NYC, NY in 1987. I checked and they had an English translation so I ordered a copy. The exhibition was a celebration of The Drawing Center's 10th anniversary. The French drawings in the collection of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm are celebrated throughout the world. The exhibition was a comprehensive review of all the various artistic periods in France from 1400 to 1900 and many of the major influences of featured artists of that time period.  I have posted the few strictly academic studies that I found (above), not to diminish the other beautiful drawings in the publication. If you love French drawings like I do, then add this publication to your library.

Title: The Art of Drawing in France - 1400-1900
Author: Per Bjurstrom
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers
Date of Publication: 1987
ISBN: None Listed