Sunday, 15 April 2012

And some more bathers (3/3)

Bathers, Badende 3/3

After the German expressionist examples in last posting now following and closing the theme is a choice of examples of Bathers ("Badende") in engravings, woodblock- and linoleumcut prints by European and other printmakers. Nymphs, Graces and common (are there?) bathing women. 
From ancient Hellenistic and unnamed classic artists (r) through Renaissance and painter Lucas Cranach the elder (1472-1533, l.) to our recent times a group of bathing women has intriqued men and inspired artists on all continents creating works of art and masterpieces. 

Although in no way this posting is an essay on Graces and Nymphs it's fun to see modern printmakers following in the footsteps of their brothers in Art adding a completely new chapter and volumes of wonderful pictures to history.   
Over time general and personal aesthetic values and taste have been shifting and changing. Pieter Paul Rubens' (1577-1640) 3 graces (above)  considered once the pink of perfection and female beauty today can be encountered and enjoyed in life during a walk along the beach. God, beauty and works of art are omnipresent. Time however has learned eventually more Hellenistic proportions probably will prevail. 
Proportions like in Jean Baptiste Regnault's (1754-1829) painting (1799, l.) and Jean Jacques (James) Pradier's (1790-1852) 3 Graces statue (r). 
These 3 brave contemporary Graces, with a wink, proving perception of real beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Aesthetics and its expressions in art following cycles of enlightenment, prosperity, nutritional values and changing climate.  
Louis Moreau (1883-1958)

Woodblock print and painting by Paul Vaucleroy (1868-1961) 

Felix Valloton (1865-1925) (l)
Paule Vezelay, who was born and baptize Marjory Watson Williams (1892-1984) (r)

Aristide Maillol, besides painter, sculptor also a woodblock printmaker (1861-1944)

Ivy Anne Ellis (exh. 1920-1939) (l) studied at Birmingham School of Art, and  
John Buckland-Wright (1887-1954) (r)

Erick Gill (1882-1940) (l.)
Ian Armstrong (1923-2005) (r.)

Yamamoto Kanae (1882-1946). See also the recent Red Haired Beauty posting. Next I'll show together all remarkable prints of this enigmatic Japan trained but European influenced and seldom seen printmaker I was able to excavate from the www.

Shiro Kasamatsu (1882-1946)

& rest of the world.

Moissey Kogan (1879-1943) (L.) was a Russian-French artist murdered in Auschwitz.  And I even found an example by a Dutch printmaker: Han Snel (1925-1998) (R.)
Giovanni Giacometi (1868-1933), showing what a little color can do.


Marino Marini (1901-1980): "Bagnati"

PS: These postings, following my stream of consciouness, are in no way "complete". There'll be probably hords of examples more. These are my just personal choice. You are invited to share and leave a comment when leaving. 

Please revisit the updated Bathers (2/3) posting  with a new unidentified German Expressionist print and a request for help (end of posting) 


  1. This is a very Gerrie and rather extraordinary series of posts. I never realised quite what a theme bathers were in modern art. I'm not sure I can take it all in!

  2. Thank you Charles, personal comments by you are always very much appreciated. Over a 1000 visitors to this posting in 3 months. I wonder why ? But all of them consumer and consuming visitors. Eating and munching away without a word, passing by unnoticed. A strange and silent bunch.

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed, thank you for leaving a comment.

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    1. Can't cover them all, and I haven't found any bathers in print by Cezanne.

    2. I don't think so, I suppose the anonymous meant the paintings. But I'm happy with any positive comment and feedback.

    3. Cezanne has painted bathers!
      Thanks for all the images - am looking for inspiration to paint the underside of vintage shelving in bathroom that can been seen when lying in the bath!

    4. Thanks Kate, I enjoyed creating as much you did reading it. Hope you've found inspiration !

  5. Artist invented a look for women but photography found them out. Real women do not look like that. OK maybe Rubens and Rembrandt painted real women.
    You missed the best Rembrandt's "Hendrickje_Bathing_in_a_River".

  6. OK but what do you mean by "look like that" ? I didn't miss Rembrandt's Hendrickje but the space of simple posting is limiting the number of examples. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, always much appreciated.