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This superb example of 19th Century Academic painting popped up on eBay France this morning. It just takes my breath away at the craftsmanship and superb color management, not to mention the brush work. Too bad it is not signed. Enjoy!
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Back just before Christmas a seller in Germany listed a pencil study by the German artist Otto Greiner (1869-1916) at what I considered to be a ridiculously "Buy-it-Now" low price. Needless to say that drawing disappeared into someone's collection in record time. Enjoy.
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I managed to add three additional drawings of academic nude studies from the Paris Academie Julian just before Christmas. They were listed at such ridiculously low prices that I could not resist adding them to my collection. Unfortunately, biographical information on the artist is sparse. That first drawing in red crayon is dated "December 1899...cours Lefebre - 3 heurs." Enjoy.
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A Berlin Gallery has listed various works, mainly drawings and prints, from the estate of Robert Jakob Bock (1896-1943). The seller lists the following biographical information regarding the artist:

" The artist was born in 1896 in Darmstadt and died in 1943 in Pirmasens.  He studied from 1916 on under Peter von Halm at the Munich academy.  Later he attended the master class of Franz von Stuck.  He crated several graphics for the publisher Hanfstaengl and his works can be found e.g. in the graphic collection of the museum Neue Pinakothek in Munich.  His main focus was drawings and graphics of nudes.  There he shows his masterly quality.  He participated in expositions of the artists association "jury-free" in Munich.  In 1943 his workshop in Munich was bombed and most of his works got destroyed.  Only few days later Bock died.  Through his early death and the destruction of most of his works, Bock nearly got forgotten and never received the appropriate recognition he would have deserved." Enjoy.
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Call me irresponsible, call be a hopeless romantic, call me a yellow cab.........but I love these sappy romantic "Mother and Nude Child"....."Nude Boy on the Shore".....artworks...........honestly if the seller had listed this first watercolor as "Madonna and Child Sitting in a Rowboat I would not even have blinked an eye. To me that image just reeks of religious iconography but it is also a testimony to the artist's wonderful skills in a medium we all know is not easily conquered.......watercolor. The same seller also listed another watercolor by the same artist titled: "Nude Boy Sitting on the Shore," both of which are well beyond the contents of my humble purse. The biographical information of the artist was listed as follows in the auction listing:

           "Hans Tichy. Austrian. painter. born 1861 in Brno, died 1925 in Vienna. Studied from 1880 at the Vienna Academy under C. Griepenkerl and A.Eisenmenger, and then from 1889 to 1891 at the special school for history painting with LC Müller. He studied in Rome from 1891. From 1914 he became a full Professor at the Vienna Academy. From 1921/1922 he headed a special school for painting. He had study trips to Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. In 1890 he received a gold medal in painting and in 1908 the State Reichelpreis- in October 1926 he founded a memorial exhibition at the Vienna Secessionist. From 1895 he was a member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. From 1897 to 1925 member of the Vienna Sezession." Enjoy....................

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A seller in Paris listed two late 19th century academic studies of a nude boys from the Academie Julien at a ridiculously low price and I grabbed them for my collection. They are unsigned but do have the Academie Julien stamp on the back.
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Title: Academic Studies of Nude Boys
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Charcoal on laid paper
Dated: Undated - Circa 1890-1900



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Kunsthaus Lempertz, Koln, DE has listed a beautiful mythological figure study in their current Old Masters catalog titled "Tantalus" attributed to Giovanni Battista Langetti. Here is the catalog description of the work:


”I also saw Tantalus, tormented by the direst agonies. He stood amidst a pool, his chin lapped by the waves, and though he gasped with thirst, still he could not drink. For as the old man knelt down to taste the cool waters, in that moment they would seep away, leaving only black sand around his feet, dried out by a hostile demon. Around him grew trees so heavy with sweet pears, pomegranates, figs and green olives that their branches were weighed down and hung around his head. But as the old man reached up to pick the fruit, in that moment they were swept away by a sudden storm and carried up into the gathering clouds.” 

Thus Homer described the fate of Tantalus in his Odyssey (from the German, book 11, 582-592), and the myth is illustrated in this form by the present work.
Tantalus, who is usually said to be the son of Zeus and the Nymph Plouto, was a rich and powerful Lydian (or Phrygian) King. He was invited to dine at the God's table, but stole nectar and ambrosia from them. When the Gods later attended one of Tantalus' banquets - the second time such an event had occurred - he killed and cooked his youngest son Pelops and fed him to the Gods without their knowing. However, the Gods noticed this atrocity and punished him with the eternal torment of withheld nourishment.

The style of this work is particularly reminiscent of the work of Giovanni Battista Langetti, an Italian late Baroque painter and main proponent of Tenebrism. He was first active in Genoa together with Gioacchino Assereto, and later in Rome and Venice. Langetti favoured dramatic scenes with both mythological and religious heroes, who are usually depicted in the foreground under stark lighting. Comparative works include “Cato” (Eremitage, St. Petersburg), ”The Good Samaritan“ (Holbourne Museum, Bath) and “Joseph Interpreting the Pharaoh's Dream”, which is known in various versions. This composition shows strong stylistic references to Genoan conventions, and illustrates the same myth in a similar arrangement and style as a painting by Assereto (made ca. 1630/40, now kept in the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand), with whose work Langetti could have been familiar."
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Here are just a few examples of his large body of works:

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Van Ham Kunstaucktionen, Koln, DE has a nice figure study of two boys playing in a stream by Richard Winternitz (1861-1928) listed in their Fall Auction catalog. Unfortunately I could find scant biographic information on the artist.

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Here are a few examples of his other works:
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Artist's Wife


Im Sommer. Drei Jungen im Ruderboot, 1907



The Letter




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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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This superb example of 19th Century Academic painting popped up on eBay France this morning. It just takes my breath away at the craftsmanship and superb color management, not to mention the brush work. Too bad it is not signed. Enjoy!
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.


                                                              *
Back just before Christmas a seller in Germany listed a pencil study by the German artist Otto Greiner (1869-1916) at what I considered to be a ridiculously "Buy-it-Now" low price. Needless to say that drawing disappeared into someone's collection in record time. Enjoy.
                                             -------------------------------







                                                               *
I managed to add three additional drawings of academic nude studies from the Paris Academie Julian just before Christmas. They were listed at such ridiculously low prices that I could not resist adding them to my collection. Unfortunately, biographical information on the artist is sparse. That first drawing in red crayon is dated "December 1899...cours Lefebre - 3 heurs." Enjoy.
                                        --------------------------------------








                                                                           *
A Berlin Gallery has listed various works, mainly drawings and prints, from the estate of Robert Jakob Bock (1896-1943). The seller lists the following biographical information regarding the artist:

" The artist was born in 1896 in Darmstadt and died in 1943 in Pirmasens.  He studied from 1916 on under Peter von Halm at the Munich academy.  Later he attended the master class of Franz von Stuck.  He crated several graphics for the publisher Hanfstaengl and his works can be found e.g. in the graphic collection of the museum Neue Pinakothek in Munich.  His main focus was drawings and graphics of nudes.  There he shows his masterly quality.  He participated in expositions of the artists association "jury-free" in Munich.  In 1943 his workshop in Munich was bombed and most of his works got destroyed.  Only few days later Bock died.  Through his early death and the destruction of most of his works, Bock nearly got forgotten and never received the appropriate recognition he would have deserved." Enjoy.
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Call me irresponsible, call be a hopeless romantic, call me a yellow cab.........but I love these sappy romantic "Mother and Nude Child"....."Nude Boy on the Shore".....artworks...........honestly if the seller had listed this first watercolor as "Madonna and Child Sitting in a Rowboat I would not even have blinked an eye. To me that image just reeks of religious iconography but it is also a testimony to the artist's wonderful skills in a medium we all know is not easily conquered.......watercolor. The same seller also listed another watercolor by the same artist titled: "Nude Boy Sitting on the Shore," both of which are well beyond the contents of my humble purse. The biographical information of the artist was listed as follows in the auction listing:

           "Hans Tichy. Austrian. painter. born 1861 in Brno, died 1925 in Vienna. Studied from 1880 at the Vienna Academy under C. Griepenkerl and A.Eisenmenger, and then from 1889 to 1891 at the special school for history painting with LC Müller. He studied in Rome from 1891. From 1914 he became a full Professor at the Vienna Academy. From 1921/1922 he headed a special school for painting. He had study trips to Germany, Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. In 1890 he received a gold medal in painting and in 1908 the State Reichelpreis- in October 1926 he founded a memorial exhibition at the Vienna Secessionist. From 1895 he was a member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. From 1897 to 1925 member of the Vienna Sezession." Enjoy....................

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                                                                               *
A seller in Paris listed two late 19th century academic studies of a nude boys from the Academie Julien at a ridiculously low price and I grabbed them for my collection. They are unsigned but do have the Academie Julien stamp on the back.
                                                  ---------------------------------------





-------------------------------
Title: Academic Studies of Nude Boys
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Charcoal on laid paper
Dated: Undated - Circa 1890-1900



                                                                            *
Kunsthaus Lempertz, Koln, DE has listed a beautiful mythological figure study in their current Old Masters catalog titled "Tantalus" attributed to Giovanni Battista Langetti. Here is the catalog description of the work:


”I also saw Tantalus, tormented by the direst agonies. He stood amidst a pool, his chin lapped by the waves, and though he gasped with thirst, still he could not drink. For as the old man knelt down to taste the cool waters, in that moment they would seep away, leaving only black sand around his feet, dried out by a hostile demon. Around him grew trees so heavy with sweet pears, pomegranates, figs and green olives that their branches were weighed down and hung around his head. But as the old man reached up to pick the fruit, in that moment they were swept away by a sudden storm and carried up into the gathering clouds.” 

Thus Homer described the fate of Tantalus in his Odyssey (from the German, book 11, 582-592), and the myth is illustrated in this form by the present work.
Tantalus, who is usually said to be the son of Zeus and the Nymph Plouto, was a rich and powerful Lydian (or Phrygian) King. He was invited to dine at the God's table, but stole nectar and ambrosia from them. When the Gods later attended one of Tantalus' banquets - the second time such an event had occurred - he killed and cooked his youngest son Pelops and fed him to the Gods without their knowing. However, the Gods noticed this atrocity and punished him with the eternal torment of withheld nourishment.

The style of this work is particularly reminiscent of the work of Giovanni Battista Langetti, an Italian late Baroque painter and main proponent of Tenebrism. He was first active in Genoa together with Gioacchino Assereto, and later in Rome and Venice. Langetti favoured dramatic scenes with both mythological and religious heroes, who are usually depicted in the foreground under stark lighting. Comparative works include “Cato” (Eremitage, St. Petersburg), ”The Good Samaritan“ (Holbourne Museum, Bath) and “Joseph Interpreting the Pharaoh's Dream”, which is known in various versions. This composition shows strong stylistic references to Genoan conventions, and illustrates the same myth in a similar arrangement and style as a painting by Assereto (made ca. 1630/40, now kept in the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand), with whose work Langetti could have been familiar."
                                                                           *
                     

*

Here are just a few examples of his large body of works:

*








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


                                                                         *

Van Ham Kunstaucktionen, Koln, DE has a nice figure study of two boys playing in a stream by Richard Winternitz (1861-1928) listed in their Fall Auction catalog. Unfortunately I could find scant biographic information on the artist.

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



-------------------------------------------
Here are a few examples of his other works:
------------------------------------------

Artist's Wife


Im Sommer. Drei Jungen im Ruderboot, 1907



The Letter




                                                                               *
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.
                                             ---------------------------------------------------