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, October 14, 2020

Albert Leusch (1877-1954) Standing Male Nude in Heroic Pose

 This drawing came into my collection several months ago. It is a graphite drawing on paper by German artist Albert Leusch (1877-1954)  and features a very familiar pose if you carefully look at it and can make a connection with a famous bronze sculpture... give up? It’s Philippides the Marathon runner by Max Kruse (1854-1942) Enjoy.

Monday, October 12, 2020

ALESSANDRO MORANI (1859-1941) - Disegno di un Ragazzo nudo Seduto - Seated Nude boy

 I almost forgot to list this small drawing of a seated nude youth that I bought several weeks ago by the listed Italian artist Alessandro Moroni (1859-1941). Morani was an Italian painter, book illustrator, and set designer who was active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Although a specialist in landscapes he did not let his talents go to waste and often submitted magazine and book illustrations. He taught art at the Industrial Art Museum of Rome from 1882 to 1902. His illustrations and interior designs were influenced by the English Artists William Morris and Charles Blanchard. He collaborated in the founding of the magazine “L’Italia dell’arte Industriale’” even designing covers and posters for the magazine. Enjoy.

Here are a few of his other works in private collections and museums....

Dessin académique nu masculin - 19e siècle - Academic Standing Male Nude - 19th Century Academy

 I have had my collecting eye on a beautifully executed example of the 19th Century Art Academy which has been listed on eBay France for a few weeks by an antiques dealer. For an unsigned 19th Century drawing it is listed at what to my buying collectors eye is a very expensive, unrealistic price tag. I can see demanding a premium for a signed original work by a listed artist but price gouging is still price gouging as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps I will make the Gallery a lowball offer and see where it gets me... probably standing here without the drawing... I can see paying several hundred Euro’s for a well executed drawing but his asking six to eight hundred Euro’s each is out of my ballpark.

Here are the additional listed drawings by the same Antiques dealer... all at ridiculous asking prices:

Of  course a dealer elsewhere in France has near caliber drawings at more reasonable prices. 
Again: Idiots guide to collecting: Caveat emptor