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, December 14, 2013

Melina Eudoxie Daviau (1862-1941): Male Nude Studies

The same seller in Paris has also listed the academic male nude studies by the well listed French artist Melina Eudoxie Daviau *1862-1941). Daviau was a French designer, landscape, and portrait artist. He exhibited at the Salon des Artists Francais, Paris, in 1906. He was a pupil of Luc-Olivier Merson (1804-1889) who taught at the Academie des Beaux-arts and was most famous for his postage stamp and currency designs. Merson also has stained glass windows he designed here in the United states. If you search his name in the search block above you will find the three drawings I have in my collection.

Unknown Artist - French School - Late 19th Century: Standing Male Youth

One of my favorite collectors in Paris has listed this beautiful Academic Male Nude study. It is a stunning example of 19th century academic training.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eduard Veith ( 1856 - 1925): Pencil Study of a Nude Boy - Circa 1880

I had a few minutes this morning and I thought I would scan that Veith pencil drawing I received last week and post it for you. It is just a quick pencil study, a few expressive lines on paper, and yet it is just something a little more. To my eye it illustrates that expressive hand-eye co-ordination of a classically trained 19th century artist.

Title: Nude Boy, Rear View
Artist: Eduard Veith (1856-1925)
Materials: Pencil on Paper
Dated: Circa 1880

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794 - 1872): Nude Boy - 1823

Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Koln, DE has listed a nice drawing of a nude boy by the well known German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872) in their current auction catalog. He was a talented draftsman, engraver, and painter who figured importantly in the 19th century German Nazarene movement. In 1818 he traveled to Rome where he was associated with a group of painters who called themselves the Nazarenes, or Lucas Brotherhood (Lukasbund). Inspired by early Renaissance Art and the works of Albrecht Dürer. Schnorr’s oil paintings were characterized by a precise linearity, clear bright colors, and a multiplicity of symbolic detail. He shared his fellow Nazarenes’ interest in a revival of fresco painting and the creation of a “monumental art.” Schnorr left Rome and settled in Munich in 1827, where he served King Ludwig I, transplanting to Germany the art of wall painting he mastered in Italy.

Here are a few examples of his academic works:


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ludwig von Hofmann (1861 – 1945): Stehender Junglingsakt (Study). 1890s and Badende Jungen. 1915.

Two auction houses in Germany are currently listing works by Ludwig von Hofmann (1861-1945). Villa Grisebach Auktionen, Berlin, has listed an oils on paper study of a standing nude boy (Stehender Junglingsakt) which dates from the 1890's and Ketterer Kunst has listed another of those beautiful pastels by Hofmann titled Badende Jungen (Bathing Youths) which is dated 1915. Enjoy.


Stehender Junglingsakt (Standing Nude Youth) 1890's

Badende Jungen (Bathing Youths) 1915

ARTHUR VOLKMANN, (1851-1941): Männliche Akte beim Schwimmen and Jüngling hinter Pferd stehend mit Reitergruppe

Eppli Auktionshalle, Germany, has recently listed these beautiful compositions titled Männliche Akte beim Schwimmen (Male nudes swimming) and Jüngling hinter Pferd stehend mit Reitergruppe (Young man standing behind horse with rider group) by Arthur Volkmann (1851-1941) in their current auction catalog. I would imagine the bidding will get hot and heavy very quickly on these two works. Volkmann was born in Leipzig and exhibited his love of art at an early age. Fortunately his parents supported his efforts and from 1868 to 1873 he studied sculpture under Ernst Julius Hahnel at the Dresden Art Academy. Later he studied under Albert Wolff in Berlin and was awarded a study scholarship in Rome. In Rome he fell under the influence of Hans von Marees who worked in complete isolation from cultural activities. The rest of his life he was influenced by the philosophy of Marees adherence to the techniques of combining architecture, painting, and sculpture. In 1911 he established a studio at the Stadel Institute at Frankfort.

Männliche Akte beim Schwimmen
Jüngling hinter Pferd stehend mit Reitergruppe

Monday, November 11, 2013

Arthur Mayeur (1871-1934): Grand Prix de Rome - Prints - 1896 - Standing Male Nude - Intaglio Print

I had a few minutes today to scan the Mayeur print I received last week to show you the incredible fine details of the engraving. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Academic Engravings from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts: Male Nudes (1880-1914)

While I was doing research on Arthur Mayeur (1871-1934)(Prior Posting) I ran across a website


which was loaded with academic nudes. I was interested in the works of Mayeur (included in the prior post and below) but was amazed at the fine details in all of the works of students in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. They date from the 1880 to 1914 time period. Each in its own is a masterpiece example of 19th century technique. You have to remind yourself that these are not graphite on paper works but are in fact intaglio prints (engravings). Simply amazing.


Barbotin, William ou Joseph - Academie

Barbotin, William ou Joseph - Academie.

Brusiere, Louis-Joseph-Arthur - Academie. 1894.

Buisset, Gustave-Justin-Victor-Joseph -Academie. 1908.

Serres, Raoul-Jean-Gustave - Academie.1904

Germain, Charles-Laurent - Academie.1894

Guillez, Arthur-Edmond.Engarving. 1912

Lavalley, Georges-Henri - Academie.1890

Mayeur, Arthur-Constant-Jules - Academie. 1894

Mazelin, Charles-Firmin - Academie.1906.

Mazelin, Charles-Firmin - Academie.1908

Sulpis, Emile-Jean - Academie

Patricot, Auguste-Francois-Jean - Academie. 1884

Penat, Eloi-Lucien - Academie.1894.

Piel, Jules - Academie. 1908.

                                                            Piel, Jules - Academie. 1910

Piel, Jules - Academie. 1910

Serres, Raoul-Jean-Gustave - Academie.1904.

Serres, Raoul-Jean-Gustave - Academie.1906

Mignon, Justin-Abel-Francois- Academie. 1884.

Sulpis, Emile-Jean - Academie.

Buthaud, Auguste-Léon-Etienne-André.Engarving. 1914.

Godard, René-Jules - Academie. 1910

Manchon, Raphaël-Exupère-Armand-Adolphe.Engarving. 1914

Maillart, Diomède-André - Male nude.