4 ACADEMIC DRAWINGS "FROM LIFE" AND AFTER CLASSICAL SCULPTURE
4 academic pencil drawings representing three life studies (including 2 male nude studies) and one study from a cast, or from the hump, typical of 19th century academic art education:
1 - Academy of a man sitting on a column, signed and dated upper right : "V. GEOFFROY", "22 j[...] 98".
2 - Academy of a man standing, leaning against a column, signed and dated upper right: "V. GEOFFROY 17/11 97".
3 - Bustof a child, signed and dated upper right: "V. Geoffroy", 6 April 98
4 - Fireman preparing to climb a ladder, signed and dated upper left: "V. GEOFFROY 1896 15 Janvier".
The nude drawings, called "academies", were made from live models posing in the studio. They allowed the student painters and sculptors to study anatomy. Drawing from casts was a classic and rigorous exercise, allowing students to grasp the notions of construction and value, and at the same time to master the ancient aesthetic canons. These drawings were made by V. Geoffroy between 1896 and 1898. All are scrupulously signed and dated. 4 other male nude studies signed by V. Geoffroy are available. Size without frame: W:48cm, H:62,5cm. Size with frame: W:52,5cm, D:1cm, H:67,7cm. Dimensions vary slightly according to the drawings.
Late 19th century
Dim: W:52,5cm, D:1cm, H:67,7cm.
Condition Report: In good condition, paper with slight light wear. New frames.