Monday, December 28, 2009

Water Nymph

Another water nymph by the French painter Gaston Bussière (1862-1929).

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Tomb of the Poet

The Tomb of the Poet (1900) by the Spanish painter Pedro Sáenz Sáenz (1863-1927).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Evening Allegory

Evening Mood (1882) one of the typical allegories by the French academic painter Adolphe William Bouguereau (1825-1905).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Another odalisque by the Brazilian painter Oscar Pereira da Silva (1867-1939). It’s easy to see that many artists from Latin America studied in Europe and received their the typical academic training.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Romantic Odalisque

Odalisque (1857) by the French painter Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). Delacroix is regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school and had a big influence on the later Impressionists. He painted various odalisques which emphasizes his interest in exotic and oriental subjects.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Venus and Amor

Venus Consoling Amor (1751) by the French Rococo painter François Boucher (1703-1770). Boucher is famous for his decorative allegories but usually his enormous influence on late 19th century art is vastly ignored.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Diabolic Cleopatra

Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners (1887) by the French academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889).

Cleopatra is depicted as a beautiful but also a cold and cruel monarch. Without any emotions she’s watching the terrible death of the prisoners. The temples in the back are showing the strong influence of the famous prints of David Roberts.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Spirit of Wine

Wine of Tokai

The beautiful and seductive spirit of wine shows here the Spanish painter Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896).

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Seductive Eve

The Woman, the Man and the Serpent (1911) by the English painter John Byam Shaw (1872-1919). Despite many are assigning Shaw to the Pre-Raphaelites, I would like to call him a symbolist because he was much better than those epigones of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Bath

Nice bathing scene by the Victorian artist John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927). Weguelin did similar neo-classical subjects like Edward Poynter and Lawrence Alma-Tadema in watercolour.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Red Gown

A pin-up of 1952 by the British illustrator David Wright (1912-1967). Wright was probably the only Non-American pin up artist who was really successful in the United States. And he deserved it as far as I can see.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Maybe Angels

Some Angels, Nymphs or Goddesses by the Austrian painter Hans Zatzka (1859-1945). One of the typical Neo-Rococo sceneries which made Zatzka so successful.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Bathsheba (1820-25) by the German painter Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794- 1872). Even though Schnorr is assigned to the Romantic the painting shows a strong neoclassical influence.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Classical Nude

Silver (1886) by the English classical painter Albert Joseph Moore (1841–1893). Moore was specialized in beautiful young women in a classical backdrop.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Susanna Bathing

Susannah at Her Bath; (1874) by the French academic painter Hugues Merle (1823-1881). Merle was a friend and rival to William Bouguereau. Here he presented a nude as the classical biblical subject.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Reclining Nude

Reclining Nude by the French academic painter Delphin Enjolras (1857–1945). Enjolras is best known for his intimate portraits of young women illuminated by lamp or firelight.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Harem Dancer

A Harem Dancer by the French artist Georges Jules Victor Clairin (1843-1919).

Monday, October 5, 2009


An Odalisque French painter Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911).

Friday, October 2, 2009

An Egyptian Princess

An Egyptian Princess (1875) by the Austrian painter Hans Makart (1840-1884).

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Harem Beauty

A Harem Beauty by the Italian art deco painter Mario Borgoni (1869-1950). One of the better orientalistic ones.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Powerwoman by McGinnis

A real powerwoman by the American artist and illustrator Robert McGinnis (born 1926). McGinnis is famous for his illustrations of over 1000 paperback covers.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sweet Psyche

One more sweet little girl by the French artist Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924). Most are variations of the same subject.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ceres Bacchus and Venus

Ceres Bacchus and Venus (c. 1613). A great painting by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Two Devils

Of Two Devils by the Australian painter Norman Lindsay (1879-1969).

Lindsay is one of my 20th century favourites.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Andromeda and the Nereids (1840) by the French painter Théodore Chassériau,(1819-1856).

Chassériau was a Student of Ingres whose classical influence is here evident.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Elegant Nude

A really elegant and stylish nude by the Italian painter Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931).

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Slave Market

Slave market (1866) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

Despite all "realism" I'm sure that Gérôme never had seen a scene like this. The examination of the teeth is a nice detail but pure fantasy. A buyer of young women wouldn't have been very interested in her teeth.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pearls of Aphrodite

The Pearls of Aphrodite by the british Victorian era painter Herbert James Draper (1863 – 1920).

Draper was specialized in mythological scenes and mermaids, so here he combined both.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Exotic (water) Dancers

The Nereids (1902) by the French painter Gaston Bussière (1862-1929).

Once more Bussière shows some of his beloved exotic dancers. So it's more a Paris night club scene and nothing mytholocical.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Biblis (1884) by the French academic painter William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905).

Biblis fell in love with her twin brother Caunus, who fled from her. She followed him throughout Asia Minor until she died from exhaustion and grief.
Here can be seen a very sad girl, but she didn't look exhausted at all.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Romantic Innocence

Innocence by the French Romantic painter Paul (Hippolyte) Delaroche (1797-1856).

Delaroche depicts here a "child of nature" in the spirit of Rousseau.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Harem Bath

Another fantastic harem scene by the Austrian painter Hans Zatzka (1859-1945). Aodalisque is preparing her bath.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Delphic Oracle

The Delphic Oracle (1899) by the british painter John William Godward (1861–1922).

A nice picture, which could be sold today as "Fantasy-Art". But I doubt that the Delphic Oracle could have been a young chick like this.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A waiting Lover

Le Manteau Legendaire (1907) by the French Symbolist painter Léon-François Comerre (1850-1916).

Comerre depicts a a young nude woman clutching the cloak of her lover while she is waiting for his return.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Rococo Venus

The awakening of Venus (1741) by the French Rococo painter Charles-Joseph Natoire (1700-1777).

I think it's evident how big the influence of Rococo on modern nude painting was. Many underestimate this great epoch in painting.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Lesbia and her Sparrows

Lesbia (1878) by the British painter John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927).

Weguelin was a typical Victorian artist and used mostly this popular neo-classical style.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Tired Femme Fatale

Albayde (1848) by the French painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889).

It's a nearly perfect drawn picture. The name is taken from Orientalist poem and refers to an odalisque. Cabanel shows this lethargic and content figure as an object of visual pleasure.
She is lazy, seductive but also dangerous, she's a real femme fatale.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nude Painting

Chloé (1875) by the French painter Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911).

The painting won in Paris two gold medals and was later exhibited in Australia, where its nudity caused some severe scandals. Later it was purchased by an ex-digger for the then enormous sum of £800.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


One more of the sweet girls by the French painter Guillaume Seignac (1870-1924).


It's easy to say that Seignac is pure kitsch. But I find him very interesting. At first he's a real academic painter of the late 19th century who has his roots deep in the Rococo.
Second, you can discover in this painting signs of Art Deco and of Pin-Up art.

So in my humble opinion Seignac is a real missing link!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Eva (1889) by the Polish painter Pantaleon Szyndler (1846-1905).

I can't avoid the thoughts that this naive childish model hasn't much to do with the great seductress, the very first in history.
For me the whole thing is a lame excuse to sell a political correct nude painting.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Salammbô (1910)

The French painter Gaston Bussière (1862-1929) is citing here the protagonist of the very popular historical novel by Gustave Flaubert.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Cleopatra by the French neoclassical painter Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754-1825).

Regnault painted here a historical subject. But this effort emphasizes only how much he stayed in his time. Cleopatra looks a lot like these women of the Napoleonic era. So was more an excuse to paint a woman in such a lascivious pose. She's more the Vamp of a contemporary salon than a historical person.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Théodore Chassériau

Susanna bathing (1839) by the French painter Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856).

Chassériau treats this old biblical subject in a more exotic and orientalistic manner. That was the new romantic view.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sleeping Nymph

Sleeping Nymph (1870)

The German painter Anselm Feuerbach (1829-1880) is still in the tradition of Neoclassicism but already there can be noticed a kind of rising Symbolism.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Early Gérôme

Greek Interior (1848) by the French painter Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904).

It's an early work of Gérôme and it's easy to notice the strong influence of neoclassical painters like Ingres.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Arthur Hacker

Nude at her toilet (1918) by the British painter Arthur Hacker (1858–1919).

Even though the painting isn't called like this the classical decoration pretends a Roman or Greek nude.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Godess Diana

Diana with a dog (ca. 1904) by the German painter Ferdinand Wagner (1847 - 1927).

One of the classical subjects since Renaissance and Baroque. But since the end of the 19th century artists just called them "nudes".

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Exotic Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt as Cleopatra (c. 1900)

This painting by the French artist Georges Jules Victor Clairin (1843-1919) shows how fashionable where in these times oriental and historical costumes.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Oriental Beauty

An "Oriental Beauty" by serial producer Luis Ricardo Falero (1851-1896).

Maybe the ribbon signifies that she's a present?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Once more Venus

The Birth of Venus by the French painter Henry-Louis Picou (1824-1895).

The painting is probably from the 1880s and therefore from the heyday of academic painting. Nevertheless it seems enough like a rococo production to show the tight relations to that era.