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

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Frederic van der Linden (Belgian 1852-1926): Academic Study of a Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)

It never ceases to amaze me how some sellers on the various eBay sites think they can get top dollar for a 19th century academic drawing and then turn around and list it like the listing title and description have nothing to do with the artwork itself. Key words will make the difference between real money and a bargain. Well I watched this drawing go through two cycles of listings without so much as one bid, so when the seller re-listed it again, I programmed a bid and sat back and watched it for nine days while it showed no interest. If the seller had revised his listing and included a few different key words, there would have been a bidding free for all. I honestly think the seller did not do any research on the artist and failed to see what he had. I managed to get it for the initial asking price. Go figure.

Frederic van der Linden (1852-1926) was a Belgium artist who was active in the European art market during the latter part of the 19th to very early 20th centuries. His name even appears in a few of Gauguin's letters to his brother Theo. Unfortunately, I could find very little information regarding his training and career. Enjoy.

Caption: Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)
Artist: Frederic van der Linden (1852-1926)
Materials: Pierre noire (Conte) on paper
Dated: 1880-1890
                             Here is the single example of his other works that I could find