Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hermann Heid Day, Part 1 - Nude Artists' Studies

Hermann Heid (1834-1891) was an Austrian who took up photography after learning about it in a college chemistry class and is best known for nude studies for painters.  Heid worked mainly in Vienna and Budapest, but he visited Paris around 1880 and contracted with Calavas Publishers to issue bound volumes of his studies.  These were mixed, unlabeled, with the work of Louis Igout, and art historians are still sorting out which photographer took which pictures.  Fortunately, an art institute in Budapest separately preserved a large collection of Heid's work, including today's photos.  We start with a model and a staff . . . or is he a gondolier?  Interesting pose.


  1. Wow, thank you Jerry. These are lovely. As ever so evocative of the late 19th cent. Yes..why not gondolier..

    1. You're welcome! I think Heid is underappreciated in our circle.