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I must apologize for the sparsity of postings lately. I flew out to Colorado Springs to spend some time with my youngest son and meet a new addition to his family. I now know why having children is for the young. The weather was beautiful and the view of the Rocky Mountains was breathtaking. Now it's back to the daily grind.

Auktionshaus Geble in Germany has a beautiful study of a female nude by the French painter Felix Valotton (1865-1925) titled "La Tunisienne" listed in their current catalog. The painting is signed and dated 1884 and was painted in Atelier Julien where Vallotton studied under Boulanger and Lefebvre. The painting has a long and distinguished pedigree. If you have an extra 50,000 Euros lying around then that will get the bidding started. Enjoy:
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Auktionshaus Mars, Wurzburg, DE has listed a nice study of a male youth posed as Pan with all the trappings of his office. Unfortunately, the painting is not signed and comes from some unknown mid to late 19th German art school. Enjoy.
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All you collectors out there with really deep pockets might want to take a walk over to Koller Auktionen AG, Zurich for a chance to take home an original Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) painting, version IV of Der Fruhling (Spring). The bidding starts some where in the stratosphere at Euro 3 million five hundred thousand. The painting has a provenance as long as your arm and most likely will end up in some museum somewhere. One can dream.
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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.
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Caption: Nude Ephebe (Nude Boy)
Artist: Frederic van der Linden (1852-1926)
Materials: Pierre noire (Conte) on paper
Dated: 1880-1890
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                             Here is the single example of his other works that I could find
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Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, DE has listed another of those beautiful Otto Greiner (1869-1916) academic nudes. If you have a spare 4,000.00 Euros to get the bidding started on this one then you have my best wishes. Enjoy.
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I have a backlog of works that I have culled from Auction sites over the last few months and I thought I would get started and list some of them. Carl Hartmann (1818-1857) was a German born Romanticist portrait painter and miniaturist who lived in England for some years. This is one of those endearing little works of children at play.
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Here are two additional examples of his works:
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I was cruising my usual haunts this afternoon when I spotted this "unusual" turn of the 19th-20th century original pencil drawing of a child in utero. I have seen many prints of anatomical drawings but I can not recall ever seeing an original surviving pencil drawing of this particular subject. It was priced at the very low end of my budget so I bought it for my collection. The signature is difficult to make out but it looks like "K. Ledhiesar" (?). Unfortunately, I could find no references to his or her life or works. I rotated the illustrations for additional views. I suspect this fine detailed pencil drawing was an illustration for a medical text.
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Several very nice academic drawings by an unknown artist named M. Shiffnler (?) popped up on eBay France this week. I lost out on the bidding on the reclining male academic study (Directly below), so it will be headed for another collection. That particular drawing was unusually large (61cm by 108 cm) (approx. 24 in by 42.5 in). It was a beauty as you can see. Enjoy.
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An art dealer in Berlin recently posted three drawings by Carl Adams (?), of which I managed to buy two of the three, both seated male nudes. Unfortunately, I have not had time to research the artist fully, so I have no biographic information to share with you now but the works I believe speak for themselves and for the artist's wonderful talent. I have been juggling another purchase on the side requiring more monetary funding and only had a few farthings to spare so I concentrated on two of the three listed drawings. After the auction ended I discovered that I could have taken the third drawing with very little effort. Such is the way of the force. Go figure. Here (directly below) are the two drawings which will be coming into my collection shortly and the last drawing of the three will be headed elsewhere. Enjoy.
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Title: Seated Nude Ephebe (Male Youth)
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Materials: Pencil on Paper
Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

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Title: Seated Male Nude
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Material: Pencil on Paper
:Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

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Here is the single drawing I missed:
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Addendum: (March 25. 2014)  The seller also added a few additional Adams drawings he had in his inventory this morning. To my eye the really interesting thing about the partially finished drawings is that you can readily see the initial laying down of the figure drawing and also the progressive refinement of the drawing as the artist moves beyond that basic line drawing to a more refined dimensional drawing . Enjoy:
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                                                                                 *
Several sellers on the European eBay sites have listed two different Otto Greiner (1869-1916) nude drawings and as usual Greiner proves himself a master of drawing the human figure. You would have to search far and wide for an artist with the caliber of Greiner's expertise and artistic abilities. Needless to say these drawings also come with a very expensive price tag. Enjoy:
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                                                                               *
I must apologize for the sparsity of postings lately. I flew out to Colorado Springs to spend some time with my youngest son and meet a new addition to his family. I now know why having children is for the young. The weather was beautiful and the view of the Rocky Mountains was breathtaking. Now it's back to the daily grind.

Auktionshaus Geble in Germany has a beautiful study of a female nude by the French painter Felix Valotton (1865-1925) titled "La Tunisienne" listed in their current catalog. The painting is signed and dated 1884 and was painted in Atelier Julien where Vallotton studied under Boulanger and Lefebvre. The painting has a long and distinguished pedigree. If you have an extra 50,000 Euros lying around then that will get the bidding started. Enjoy:
                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------






.


                                                                               *
Auktionshaus Mars, Wurzburg, DE has listed a nice study of a male youth posed as Pan with all the trappings of his office. Unfortunately, the painting is not signed and comes from some unknown mid to late 19th German art school. Enjoy.
                                             ---------------------------------------------------



                                                                               *
All you collectors out there with really deep pockets might want to take a walk over to Koller Auktionen AG, Zurich for a chance to take home an original Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) painting, version IV of Der Fruhling (Spring). The bidding starts some where in the stratosphere at Euro 3 million five hundred thousand. The painting has a provenance as long as your arm and most likely will end up in some museum somewhere. One can dream.
                                                       --------------------------------------




                                                                                 *
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
                 --------------------------------------------------------------------------



                                                                                *
Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, DE has listed another of those beautiful Otto Greiner (1869-1916) academic nudes. If you have a spare 4,000.00 Euros to get the bidding started on this one then you have my best wishes. Enjoy.
                                          -----------------------------------------------



                                                                                  *
I have a backlog of works that I have culled from Auction sites over the last few months and I thought I would get started and list some of them. Carl Hartmann (1818-1857) was a German born Romanticist portrait painter and miniaturist who lived in England for some years. This is one of those endearing little works of children at play.
                                                      ------------------------------------------








-----------------------------------------
Here are two additional examples of his works:
-----------------------------------------




                                                                               *
I was cruising my usual haunts this afternoon when I spotted this "unusual" turn of the 19th-20th century original pencil drawing of a child in utero. I have seen many prints of anatomical drawings but I can not recall ever seeing an original surviving pencil drawing of this particular subject. It was priced at the very low end of my budget so I bought it for my collection. The signature is difficult to make out but it looks like "K. Ledhiesar" (?). Unfortunately, I could find no references to his or her life or works. I rotated the illustrations for additional views. I suspect this fine detailed pencil drawing was an illustration for a medical text.
                                                     -------------------------------------







                                                                                  *
Several very nice academic drawings by an unknown artist named M. Shiffnler (?) popped up on eBay France this week. I lost out on the bidding on the reclining male academic study (Directly below), so it will be headed for another collection. That particular drawing was unusually large (61cm by 108 cm) (approx. 24 in by 42.5 in). It was a beauty as you can see. Enjoy.
                                           ----------------------------------------------------











                                                                                *
An art dealer in Berlin recently posted three drawings by Carl Adams (?), of which I managed to buy two of the three, both seated male nudes. Unfortunately, I have not had time to research the artist fully, so I have no biographic information to share with you now but the works I believe speak for themselves and for the artist's wonderful talent. I have been juggling another purchase on the side requiring more monetary funding and only had a few farthings to spare so I concentrated on two of the three listed drawings. After the auction ended I discovered that I could have taken the third drawing with very little effort. Such is the way of the force. Go figure. Here (directly below) are the two drawings which will be coming into my collection shortly and the last drawing of the three will be headed elsewhere. Enjoy.
                                     ----------------------------------------------------------




-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Title: Seated Nude Ephebe (Male Youth)
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Materials: Pencil on Paper
Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

-------------------------------------------------------------------------





Title: Seated Male Nude
Artist: Carl Adams (?)
Material: Pencil on Paper
:Dated: Signed and Dated 1887

------------------------------------------------------------
Here is the single drawing I missed:
------------------------------------------------------------




-----------------------------------------------
Addendum: (March 25. 2014)  The seller also added a few additional Adams drawings he had in his inventory this morning. To my eye the really interesting thing about the partially finished drawings is that you can readily see the initial laying down of the figure drawing and also the progressive refinement of the drawing as the artist moves beyond that basic line drawing to a more refined dimensional drawing . Enjoy:
-----------------------------------------------




























                                                                                 *
Several sellers on the European eBay sites have listed two different Otto Greiner (1869-1916) nude drawings and as usual Greiner proves himself a master of drawing the human figure. You would have to search far and wide for an artist with the caliber of Greiner's expertise and artistic abilities. Needless to say these drawings also come with a very expensive price tag. Enjoy:
                                         ------------------------------------------------------