Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pharaoh's Favorite

Pharaoh's favorite by the Croatian art nouveau painter Blaise Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922). Bukovac was a student of Alexandre Cabanel in Paris and shows here a strange mixture of orientalistic and historical subjects. Nevertheless looks the girl with her headdress quite modern.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Psyche and Cupido

Psyche and her lover Cupido. A sweet love story with rosy little angels, kitsch as kitsch can.
The painting is by the French academic and history painter Lionel-Noël Royer (1852-1926), who was a student of Cabanel et de Bouguereau which could easily be detected.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

One more Water Nymph

Another one of the perfectly painted nudes by the British painter Herbert James Draper (1863 – 1920). As a "water nymph" it could be exposed and sold.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


A bacchante by the French Neoclassical painter Marie Louise Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755-1842). Vigée-Lebrun was very successful with portraits of European nobles. Here she painted a nude as a historical Greek/Roman bacchante.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Picking the Favourite

Picking the Favourite by the Italian orientalist painter Giulio Rosati (1858-1917). A typical male dream so beloved by the Orientalists. Three nude female slaves were presented to the buyer. It’s also a kind of orientalist judgement of Paris.