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, March 2, 2013

Johann Wilhelm Meil (1733-1805): Sitting Male Nude (Red Chalks)

An Auction House in Germany has just listed this beautiful drawing in red chalks by the important 18th century German engraver and designer Johann Wilhelm Meil (1733-1805). His father was the court sculptor in Altenburg. At the University of Leipzig Meil trained as an engraver and attended lectures on art history, art theory, and philosophy. Meil also designed furniture, jewellery, and motifs for porcelain painting. Meil's major field of work was book illustration. In 1787 he became a Professor of composition and expression at the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin. He later became director of the Akademie.