4 ACADEMIC LIFE STUDIES SIGNED V. GEOFFROY, CIRCA 1895
4 academic studies of male nudes, in graphite, from life. These nude drawings - called "academies" - were part of the academic teaching of art as it was practiced in the 19th century. They are made from professional models posing in the studio on a platform. This type of exercise allowed students to study anatomy. For a future artist, drawing from a live model was, along with drawing from the hump and antique statues, the basis of his artistic training.
1 - Academy of a standing man seen from three quarters, signed and dated upper right: "V. GEOFFROY 1896". Numbered 28/3.
2 - Academy of a man holding a stick behind his back, signed and dated upper right: "V. Geoffroy (partially erased) 2 /2 96".
3 - Academy of a man leaning against a stick, neither signed nor dated.
4 - Academy of a man holding a stick, signed and dated upper right: "V. GEOFFROY 1895 9 November".
These drawings were made by V. Geoffroy between 1895 and 1896. Three of them are signed and dated. One drawing is numbered. This lot is part of a set of 15 drawings made between 1895 and 1899. They include academies of men from life (from a live model), from antique casts and from the Italian Renaissance. Most of these drawings are male nude studies. All the drawings (except the Academy of a Man Leaning Against a Stick) are carefully signed and dated. The dimensions vary slightly from drawing to drawing. Size without frame: W:48cm, H:62,5cm. Size with frame: W:52,5cm, D:1cm, H:67,7cm.
Late 19th century
Dim: W:52,5cm, D:1cm, H:67,7cm.
Condition report: in good general condition, the paper with slight light wear. New frames.