Franz von Stuck (1863 - 1928)

Two Studies of a Male Nude Sold

Red chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper faded to brown.
Signed STUCK at the lower right centre.
337 x 273 mm. (13 1/4 x 10 3/4 in.) [sheet]

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Stuck was recognized by many of his contemporaries as a gifted draughtsman, and his drawings of male and female nudes were particularly admired. As one scholar has recently noted, ‘There are many drawings in existence today to bear witness to Stuck’s continued fascination with the human body, not only as a symbol of sensual beauty but also as a medium for expressing human emotions...The naked male and female bodies are essential components of Stuck’s pictures and the subject of his sculptures. Stuck sketched ideas, figures and the main lines and proportions of the framework within which the individual figures would be set. They are small, lively and confidently drawn, mostly in preparation for paintings, reliefs or sculptures, but also on occasion spontaneously on the back of letters, envelopes or bills.’

While the present sheet cannot be definitively related to any work by the artist, the pose of the figure is quite close to that of one of the souls seen in shadow in the left foreground of Stuck’s painting The Angel of Judgement of c.1922, today on permanent loan from a private collection to the Münchner Künstlerhaus am Lenbachplatz in Munich.

Franz VON STUCK

Two Studies of a Male Nude

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