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


Friday, July 22, 2022

Eduardo Cammilli (1881- ?) .. Bronze Sculpture….. Nude Fisher Boy with his catch … Circa 1900-1920

For many months now I have watched this bronze by Italian Artist Eduardo Cammilli (1881-?) languish unappreciated on the various European Auction sites without any interest. To my artistic eye it reminds me of the bronzes of Annibale DeLotto (1877-1932) and Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929) in their depictions of nude male youths. The price would go up and the price would go down. So today I made the decision to give it a new home in my collection when the price was down and affordable. Unfortunately, I could find scant biographic information on the Artist other than a few illustrations of his other post auction sculptures. He is not listed in my edition of Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Such is the way of the Force! When I first saw the bronze I was caught in a fit of mirth at those bow legs on the model and that intense preoccupation of the boy with his catch and complete disregard for and complete comfort with his nudity. Anyone familiar with the works of Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929) will immediately recognize the similarity between the subject matter and the bronzes of Gemito’s depicting the street urchins and nude fisher boys of late 19th century and early 20th century Naples. Was Cammilli a student of Gemito’s? Possibly, but unknown right now. Was he influenced by Gemito’s works? The similarity is way too obvious to ignore. Enjoy!

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Examples of his other works:





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Drawings by Gemito:



And a few examples of his bronze works:












And last but not least, a few examples of the works of Annibale DeLotto:

Il Granchio - 1920















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