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Gerhard Riebicke (1878-1957) was a German photographer who is best remembered for his photos of athletes, dancers, and naturists. Nudity was a frequent element of his work, but not always present, as we will see later today. Most of Riebicke's archive was unfortunately lost during World War II, not to the depredations of the Nazis, but to a British air raid on Berlin. (The Nazis seem to have tolerated and/or ignored him.) We begin with the first of two photos posted today of a lithe young man.
Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896) was a very talented English painter and sculptor who was known for his depictions of historical, Classical, and religious figures and events. Leighton held what was perhaps the shortest life peerage in history, having died the day after he was made Lord Leighton. Today I will feature his drawings and paintings, with sculptures to come in a later series.
As both a painter and sculptor, Leighton used drawings to work from for his sculptures and roughly sculpted pieces as models for his paintings and drawings. I'll use some of those in a future series on his statues. And no, I don't know how this piece fits into all that. I just like it.
Before moving on to our Friday Art Lesson, I'm doing a series of 19th C. photos that have me puzzled for various reasons. We start with this 1861 piece from Atelier Vidal titled "Portrait of Joseph Delmas in the Costume of Adam." Why didn't they just say "Joseph Delmas Nude?"
Edmond Lebel took this photo in 1874, and that fact is documented in several places. What mystifies me is the fact that, despite this excellent example, I can find no other nude photos by Lebel. There are lots of clothed photos of sexy men by him, but no more nudes as far as I can tell.
I can't quite figure out the disapproving look this man is sending off to his left, and the picture came with no info at all. The tonsorial style and technical level of this photo make me think "pre-1860."