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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Scheherazade (1918) by the Hungarian painter Ferenc Helbing (1870–1958).

Orientalism was va popular method to paint nude women. But this is a wild mix of orientalism, historism and fantasy.