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.