Sunday, June 28, 2009

Female Figure Paintings by Albert von Keller

An exhibit of the works of the Munich Secessionist painter Albert von Keller is at the Kunsthaus, Zurich until October 2009. He exemplified the Belle Epoque in Europe.
Salons, Seancen, Secession und Fin de Siecle.

He first exhibited in 1870, painted interiors and society and was interested in spiritualism and hypnotism. He was socially successful. The art critc Fritz Ortini wrote he saw "the new and beautiful women," in the journal "Jugend," liberated from the constraints of the 1890s.

Albert von Keller. Salons, Séancen, Secession.


Albert von Keller: Salons, Seancen, Secession (German Edition) - Exhibition Catalog,
(216 pages, 104 color plates, 60 color illustrations, 24 black and white).

Albert Von Keller

Albert von Keller: Das Ambiente des Malers (German Edition)

Albert von Keller: 1844 Gais/Schweiz-1920 Munchen (German Edition)

Albert von Keller: Seine Zeichnungen (German Edition)

Bohemiens und Belle Epoque: Als Munchen leuchtete (German Edition)

the magazine, wikipedia article and a website devoted to the magazine.

The first cover is by Heinrich Kley, more drawings by Heinrich Kley.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Antique Medical Anatomy Book

A series of prints from a 1750 medical anatomy book including, studies of the head, the human skeleton back view, human skeleton front view, human muscles, muscles of the leg, muscles of the arm, bones of the hand and bones of the foot, phrenology, a character study of a human resembling a bird, a character study of a human resembling a dog, a character study of a human resembling a pig, a character study of a human resembling an owl, studies of religious ecstasy and insanity.

Unfortunately I don't know anything about the book from which they came except for the date of 1750.

These prints are on sale on on

Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture)

Physiognomy In Profile: Lavater's Impact On European Culture

Visages et caracteres: etudes de physiognomie

Anatomy of the Human Body the XIIth edition.

Anatomie des menschlichen Körpers.

The Science of Art: Optical Themes in Western Art from Brunelleschi to Seurat

Here is a link to a site with more examples of antique medial books, the University of Virginis's Historical Collections: Vaulted Treasures.

Anatomy for Art Students, Painters and SculptorsAnatomy for Art Students, Painters and Sculptors

Donald Cochran - Student Figure Drawings

Donald Cochran was a Pennsylvania Architect born in 1897. These are examples of student figure drawings from 1920 and 1921 generally.

He attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. He graduated in 1921 after a break in his studies when he served in the U.S. Navy in World War I. These drawings must have been from an art class during his last two years.

These drawings are on sale on on

For another look at figure drawing in schools in the early twentieth century see How to Draw the Human Figure - The Figure Drawings of Grace A. Young.

Lessons on Figure Drawing (Dover Books on Art Instruction)

Anatomy and Perspective: The Fundamentals of Figure Drawing (Dover Books on Art Instruction, Anatomy)

How To Draw The Human Figure: The Drawings Of Grace Young

View Sample pages at Google Books.
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