Warren B. Davis; A Young Nymph 01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 49

Warren B. Davis
Warren B. Davis (1865-1928 Brooklyn, NY)
A Young Nymph
Oil on canvas laid to board
8″ H x 10″ W
Private collection

A nymph in Greek and Latin mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. Different from other goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are beloved by many and dwell in mountainous regions and forests by lakes and streams. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms. More on nymphs

Warren B. Davis (1865–1928) was an American painter and illustrator known for his dry-point etchings and tempera paintings of idealized young women. Davis studied at the Art Students League in New York and is often compared to similar artists of his time, N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.

His commercial work include illustrations for Vanity Fair, Life Magazine, and The Ladies World.

Now his work can be seen at The Richter Gallery in Bellows Falls, Vermont and at the Cleveland Museum of Art. More on Warren B. Davis

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SANYU; Five Nudes 01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 151

SANYU
SANYU (CHANG YU, 1895-1966)
Five Nudes, c. 1950
Oil on masonite
120 x 172 cm. (47 1/4 x 67 3/4 in.)
Private collection

The first time Sanyu encountered the exotic and strange world of nude sketching was in the 1920s at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. For the average Chinese person at that time, it must have been hard to accept that depictions of naked woman should be anything but a form of glorified pornography, even though in the West there was a long tradition of nude art. Back in China, in the years before Sanyu left for Europe, prominent painter and art educator Liu Haisu had introduced the practice of sketching from nude models to Shanghai, a move that sent major ripples through Chinese society and triggered a heated ten-year dispute over naked models and nudity in art. Sanyu, who was personally acquainted with Liu, must have been aware of those goings-on, and he would remain fascinated with the glamorous subject of nude painting right up to the 1950s. More on this painting

Sanyu was a Chinese-French artist that created prints, drawings, and paintings. His work fused the histories of European still-life and figurative painting with the traditions of Chinese calligraphy. Considered a master of form and color, he was sometimes referred to as “the Chinese Matisse.” Born Chang Yu on October 14, 1901 in Nanchong, China, he was tutored in calligraphy and painting from a young age. In 1921, he travelled to Paris to study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. While in Paris, he discovered the work of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. In 1948, Sanyu travelled to New York where he became a close friend of the photographer Robert Frank. It was Frank who later established the Sanyu Scholarship Fund at Yale University in his honor. Today, a large quantity of his work can be found in the collection of the National Museum of History in Taiwan. The artist died in his studio on August 12, 1966 in Paris, France. More on Sanyu

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Marcel Marien, The answer of Maria 02 Works, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 44

Marcel Marien, (1920 – 1993)
The answer of Maria

Color photograph
24 x 19.2
Private collection

Marcel Mariën (April 29, 1920 in Antwerp – September 19, 1993 in Brussels) was a Belgian surrealist (later Situationist), poet, essayist, photographer, collagist, filmmaker, and maker of objects.


Mariën was one of the most intriguing and elusive figures in the Belgian wing of the Surrealist movement. He was not only an artist, but also a publisher, a bookseller, a sailor, a journalist in China and an elaborate Surrealist prankster.


Aged 15, Marien became apprentice to a photographer – initially undertaking menial roles, but later setting up a home studio to develop his own projects. In 1937, he first encountered the surrealist paintings of René Magritte in exhibition and – inspired by André Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto – traveled to Brussels to seek out the artist.


Magritte was warmly welcomed into the close-knit Belgian Surrealist group. Within a year, he had his own work included in the Surrealist group exhibition, Surrealist Objects and Poems, in London.


In 1939, he enlisted in the Belgian Army to fight in World War II, but was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany. Following his release, he returned to Brussels and, in 1943, wrote and published the very first monograph on Magritte.

De Sade à Lénine


It was not until 1943 that he produced his first photograph with a distinctive personal vision, “De Sade à Lénine”, an image of a woman cutting a slice of bread, the loaf gripped tightly against her naked torso, the blade pointing at her left breast. Mariën commented, “the knife passes from de Sade to Lenin”. (above)


It was pure Surrealism, marked with the two themes that would characterize his photography: the everyday object stripped of its traditional function and the female body as an instrument of creation.


Mariën was never a practical man and was helped by his partner Hedwige Benedix in the production of his art work. In 1983, a year after her death, he again took up photography as a quick and immediate way of expressing his ideas. He carried on where he had left off in 1942 and began producing one extraordinary image after another, simple yet elegant surreal images with free associations of imagery and text. More on Marcel Mariën

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Federico Zandomeneghi, THE MODEL RESTING IN THE STUDIO 01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 48

Federico Zandomeneghi, VENISE 1841 – 1917 PARIS
THE MODEL RESTING IN THE STUDIO

Oil on canvas
22 x 16.3 cm ; 8 5/8 by 6 3/8 in.
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Federico Zandomeneghi (June 2, 1841 – December 31, 1917) was an Italian Impressionist painter, born in Venice. As a young man, he enrolling in 1856 first in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and then in the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan. In 1859, to avoid conscription into the Austrian army, he flees Venice. The next year in he tried to join with the forces of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882). This made it uncomfortable for him to reside in Venice, leading to a brief incarceration, and in 1862, he moved to Florence. There he met a number of the artists known as the Macchiaioli, and he joined them in painting landscapes outdoors. Painting outside of the studio, “en plein air”, was at that time an innovative approach, allowing for a new vividness and spontaneity in the rendering of light.


In 1874, he went to Paris, where he was to spend nearly the rest of his life. He quickly made the acquaintance of the Impressionists, who had just had their first group exhibition. Zandomeneghi, whose style of painting was similar to theirs, would participate in four of their later exhibitions, in 1879, 1880, 1881, and 1886. Like his close friend Edgar Degas he was primarily a figure painter. To supplement the meager returns from the sale of his paintings, Zandomeneghi found work drawing illustrations for fashion magazines.

He took up working in pastels in the early 1890s, and became especially adept in this medium. At about this same time his reputation and his fortunes were enhanced when the art dealer Durand-Ruel showed Zandomeneghi’s work in the United States. From then on he enjoyed continuing modest success until his death in Paris in 1917. More on Federico Zandomeneghi

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Jan MC Asselbergs, YOUNG WOMAN IN A KIMONO 01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 47

Jan MC Asselbergs, 1937 – 2015
YOUNG WOMAN IN A KIMONO

Oil on canvas.
100.5 x 70 cm.
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Jan MC Asselbergs, 1937 – 2015

YOUNG WOMAN IN A KIMONO

Oil on canvas. 

100.5 x 70 cm.

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In front of a screen painted with green leaves standing a young woman with brown hair in back view. She has slightly turned her head and is about to strip her Japanese silk kimono printed with colorful flowers on her right shoulder. To the left of her is a simple four-legged table with a small egg timer. More on this painting


Jan MC Asselbergs (1937-2015), is best known for his portraits of Beatrix, Willem-Alexander and former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers. He also painted many nudes, professors, rector magnifici and large industrialists.


Asselbergs was awarded the Royal Award, had his own satirical TV show. In 1969 he released ‘Van jou en Mei’; the first Dutch-language LP. H taught drawing at the St. Paulus lyceum in Tilburg for 13 years. He was a guest teacher for 25 years at the Tilburg Art Circle. More on Jan MC Asselbergs

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Maximilien Luce, NU ASSIS/ SITTING NUDE 01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 43

Maximilien Luce, 1858 – 1941
NU ASSIS/ SITTING NUDE, c. 1910

Oil on paper
38,6 x 30,2 cm; 15 1/4 x 11 7/8 in.
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Maximilien Luce (13 March 1858 – 6 February 1941) was a prolific French Neo-impressionist artist, known for his paintings, illustrations, engravings, and graphic art, and also for his anarchist activism. Starting as an engraver, he then concentrated on painting, first as an Impressionist, then as a Pointillist, and finally returning to Impressionism. 

In 1872, the fourteen-year-old Luce became an apprentice for a wood-engraver. During his three-year xylography apprenticeship, he also took night classes in drawing. During this period, Luce started painting in oils. His art education continued as he attended drawing classes at the Gobelins tapestry factory.

Luce began work producing woodcut prints for various publications. He took additional art courses, at l’Académie Suisse, and also in the studio of portrait painter Carolus-Duran (1837–1917).

Maximilien Luce, 1858 – 1941
NU ASSIS/ SITTING NUDE, c. 1910

Oil on paper
38,6 x 30,2 cm; 15 1/4 x 11 7/8 in.
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Luce spent four years in the military, starting in 1879, serving in Brittany at Guingamp. The next year, he received a promotion to corporal, and he became friends with Alexandre Millerand, who, in 1920, assumed the office of President of France. 

Gausson and Cavallo-Péduzzi introduced Luce in about 1884 to the Divisionist technique developed by Georges Seurat. This influenced Luce to begin painting in the Pointillist style. In contrast to Seurat’s detached manner, Luce’s paintings were passionate portrayals of contemporary subjects, depicting the “violent effects of light”. 

Luce exhibited in every show at Les Indépendants from 1887 until he died in 1941.

Luce depicted a diverse range of subjects in his works over a long career. He most frequently created landscapes, but his other works include portraits, still lifes, domestic scenes, such as bathers, and images of welders, rolling mill operators, and other laborers. More on Maximilien Luce

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Kees van Dongen, NUDE STANDING ON GREEN BACKGROUND AND PINK 01 Works, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 42

Kees van Dongen, 1877 – 1968
NU DEBOUT SUR FOND VERT ET ROSE/
NUDE STANDING ON GREEN BACKGROUND AND PINK, c.1935

Oil on canvas
65 x 50 cm; 25 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.
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Cornelis Theodorus Maria ‘Kees’ van Dongen (26 January 1877 – 28 May 1968) was a Dutch-French painter and one of the Fauves at the controversial 1905 Salon d’Automne exhibition. He gained a reputation for his sensuous, at times garish, portraits.

Kees van Dongen was born in Delfshaven, a borough of Rotterdam. He was the second of four children in a middle-class family. In 1892, at age 16, Kees van Dongen started his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam During this period (1892–97), van Dongen frequented the Red Quarter seaport area, where he drew scenes of sailors and prostitutes. He met Augusta Preitinger at the Academy, a fellow painter.

Kees van Dongen, 1877 – 1968
NU DEBOUT SUR FOND VERT ET ROSE/
NUDE STANDING ON GREEN BACKGROUND AND PINK, c.1935

Oil on canvas
65 x 50 cm; 25 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.
Private collection

In 1897, van Dongen lived in Paris for several months, where there was a large emigre community. Van Dongen began to exhibit in Paris, and participated in the controversial 1905 Salon d’Automne exhibition[4] along with Henri Matisse, André Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Charles Camoin, and Jean Puy.

Van Dongen’s candid, colourful portrait style was immensely fashionable by the end of World War I, and thereafter it remained his main focus. The figure of a glamorous woman with large eyes and red lips became his archetype. More on Kees van Dongen

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