Thursday, February 25, 2010

Edelfelt, The Little Boat

Gustav Eeberlein - again, due to computer issues, I am not making complete posts

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Johann Heinrich Dannecker, Amor, ca. 1810 - can you imagine approaching someone's parents to ask for their youth to model?

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Antoine-Denis Chaudet, (1763-1810), Louvre - oh, but the French are bad!

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Christian Bissen, Carlsberg Museum, Copenhagen

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Pavel Balod, Russia

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John Augustus - Study of a Nude Boy

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Aryamnov, G. (1935, USSR)

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Unknown artist

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Paul Peel - four samples

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Nude Boy with a Cat

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I cannot provide more information about Renoir at this time as I am having computer problems. By the way, I should probably thank Blogger. Blogger gets frequent complaints about anything related to youthful beauty, and, under such pressure, they often delete blogs. Perhaps to relieve this pressure a bit, Blogger does not allow search engines to find this blog. On the other hand, this, sadly, means that far fewer people see this blog!

When I have two or more different photos of a piece, I usually post them all.

Links, Links, Links

I've gathered many links of interest - all somehow should be within the theme of youthful beauty and art.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I have removed the link to Hal 9000 because I saw a comment under a photo there that I find offensive.

I deleted my link to Koinos Magazine, as I noticed that the links they have are to boylove sites.

My personal understanding of "boylove" is that it advocates not inter-generational relationships, but inter-generational sexual activity (whether within a relationship or not, I don't know).

I oppose boy-love because relationships (within boundaries) and admiration are fine (though it can lead to problems!) - but sexual activity with young persons is wrong on several levels.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Beauty equals sex?

BS. I assure you, if I live to 99 years old I won't be having much sex, but beauty will still be beautiful.


As a little boy I tried, once, at age 5, to play "you show me yours and I'll show you mine." It failed, miserably. I was an only child, and my mother went on to teach me, through example, words and deeds, that nudity was improper and embarrassing and that any sexual activity (she even had a problem with me getting married) was shameful and wrong.

Of course, when I got older she clarified things a bit, and said that she and my dad had no problems in that area, but the information was too little, too late.

Of course, we all had weird childhoods and we can all blame our parents for everything. I'm just letting you know how I became weird in my way . . . and my parents cannot be to blame for everything, and they had some strong points.

Back to nudity. I grew up in the USA in the early 1970s. We had to shower, daily, at school. But I tend to follow my convictions, so I refused. Sometimes I was forced, by the teacher standing over me to make sure I stripped and actually showered. As I made my way towards the shower room, wrapped in my towel, the boys shouted to announce my coming. It was a carnival for them. They would rip my towel from me, hide my clothes, mock my size (I was the smallest boy in height and other dimensions in my class), and I would run, sometimes slip, into the showers, try to get one running, get one or more drops on me, then try to find a towel that anyone had left in the locker room, then try to find my clothes.

Yet I loved school. Had very little social contact at school, but I read and read, all the time. Went on to do three years of college then five years more study after that. Earned a couple of degrees and letters behind my name.

But a volcano was building in me. As it does in every male. All males are sexual, all are dirty, all are dangerous.

At eleven I was thinking about sex and, slowly, a strong hetero drive built up in me, naturally. The homoerotic drive is in about every boy, too. That is why they wrestle, abuse, tie each other up (in games) and do countless other things. Males do have sex with males - it just doesn't involve any sex. It involves domination, teasing, friendship, changing one's clothes in front of each other [of course, times are changing, and males are somewhat less male these days, but that is a topic for my other blog, Fraternity Alive].

I grew up in a small, isolated town. Homoerotic feelings were forbidden and unthinkable. I crushed mine at every opportunity, but that part of me was building itself, too.

And, like most men throughout history, when the homo feelings started to feel so strong that I was afraid I would act on them, I started having sex with my girlfriend. Then, still fearful, I married someone.

You see, someone with homoerotic feelings (as in, every male who has ever lived), usually has an advantage. In most (or many) cultures in history, where homosexuality is forbidden, secretive or very limited, you push yourself to seek women to slake your lust. This works for some people to some degree. Everyone is different in the details.

But my immaturity led to marital problems. I have come to accept my homoerotic interests as normal, and accept that they may be expressed ONLY in socially acceptable manners, such as art.

Sadly, the world is becoming so stupid, once again, that it is starting to condemn even ordinary art such as the ones on this site.

If they want a fight, I hope I am up for it.

Long live man!

and woman!

We men have starting treating women a bit better,
now lay off us men! Stop trying to shame us
and stop trying to make us feel that our feelings are

All kinds of homoerotic feelings are natural,
but I don't recommend, and I even condemn, some
actions they might motivate.

Live within the right boundaries (I am not condemning actions
between adults as much as I am condemning child abuse).

Look what I found on the Stewart Galleries website:

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Robert Bliss (1925-1981) information

Robert Bliss was a controversial painter of adolescent boys, then, later in life, “to colorful landscapes as well as psychedelic visionary paintings.” Robert was the “Artist-In-Residence and art teacher at the Deerfield Academy in Connecticut in 1951. Deerfield was then one of the most elite private boys' schools in the country.”

Robert Bliss apparently made hundreds of paintings, and I have read a claim by one collector that he owns 500 works and is writing a book (I think his name was Mark Porter, but I am not certain).

(from the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation article)

See biography at:

Robert Bliss apparently made hundreds of paintings, and I have read a claim by one collector that he owns 500 works and is writing a book (I think his name was Mark Porter, but I am not certain).

see website at:

see excellent article at:

Robert Bliss (1925-1981) sample works

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Antoine-Felix Bouré (1831–1883)

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Antoine-Felix Bouré (1831–1883) was also a sculptor, known for his monumental lions and his statue of the Gallic leader Ambiorix on the monumental gate of Berchem in Antwerp.

from Edmond Marchal, La sculpture et les chefs-d'œuvre de l'orfèvrerie belges (Brussels, 1895), p. 696,

cited in article on Paul Boure (the older brother of Antoine Boure).

Looking for the artist's name

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Farm Journal Cover - July 1936

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Secrets of the Art Fanatic

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This is not my first website to deal with classic and modern youth art.

Right now, I am recreating my files and sorting them. Thus, I am posting a few artworks for which I have lost (temporarily, I hope) the associated information.

Searching for artist

I've lost track of the name of the painter of this work:

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A better version of Musician of Tivoli by Feuerbach

I don't have the source for this one. I used to despise wings on sculptures, but now I realize it made the statues more acceptable to prudish persons

Please checkout the discussion about Fraternity and how its changing on Fraternity Live, my newest blog!

Mr Chips has raised the topic of certain changes in the behavior and attire of boys. I have now responded with some of my theories.

Please, everyone join in who has something to contribute.

I have started a new blog and it deals with Fraternity.

Fraternity Alive

Bernardo Balestrieri (1884-1965)

The Budeweiser Ganymede - an actual advertisement which makes a new twist to the Ganymede story (I only pass this on - I do not claim to authenticate)

More Sorolla

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Joaquin Sorolla - he actually did tons of paintings that had nothing to do with boys at the beach.

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Hugo Simberg - from some wonderful church in Finland - details to follow, I hope.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

William Bouguereau - some sample works - we'll do his biographical information and other works, later

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Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843) French, Narcissus - apparently in Lille

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Gorelov, G.N (1880-1966) Russian - more at if you do a search and translate. This is Lenin and Boy.

Richard Evans (1784-1871) portrait painter

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Born 1784; pupil of and assistant to Sir Thomas Lawrence, painting for him drapery, backgrounds and replicas. Exhibited 42 works, mostly portraits, at the RA between 1816 and 1845 (when he is supposed to have had a dispute when his pictures were refused) and six subject pictures at the BI 1831-56. Visited Paris in 1814, copying paintings in the Louvre, and lived for many years in Rome, where he copied old masters and attempted fresco painting. He painted copies of Raphael's arabesque decorations and panels in the Vatican Loggia for the V&A which were acquired in 1843. Died Southampton, November 1871.
LIT: Art Journal 1872, p75 (obit); The Times 30 May 1958

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 89


I have done a brief internet search, but have not yet found out who made this sculpture of Ganymede

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Benner, Jean Henri (1796-1849) France

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Henri (Jean Henri) Benner (1776 Mulhouse - 1836 Paris) was a pupil of the great Isabey. From 1817 he worked in Russia, where he became miniaturist to the court and painted portraits of numerous famous persons.


John Stueart Curry (not mispelled) (1897-1946) - one of his works: The Bathers, and a self-portrait

Born in 1897, John Steuart Curry grew up on a farm in Kansas. From 1919 to 1926 he was employed as a magazine illustrator. He then spent a year in Europe before arriving in New York to encounter his mentor, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. When he began painting, Curry found his subjects from his mid-western roots, his most famous works being Baptism in Kansas and Hogs Killing a Rattlesnake. In 1930’s, Curry became a leading figure of the Regionalism movement and was commissioned to produce several murals, the most notable of which were located in Topeka, Kansas.


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Anselm Feuerbach

Anselm Feuerbach (September 12, 1829 – January 4, 1880) was a German painter. He was the leading classicist painter of the German 19th-century school.


Anselm Feuerbach - sample works

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Introducing Ivanov

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Андре́евич Ива́нов; July 28 (July 16 [OS]), 1806 – July 15 (July 3 [OS]), 1858) was a Russian painter who adhered to the waning tradition of Neoclassicism but found little sympathy with his contemporaries.

In 1830 Ivanov received a grant to travel to Italy, where he worked for years.

Ivanov often did many sketches, which sometimes appear to be details but are works of art of themselves.

First paragraph is from

A much larger biography can be found at:

rinrin, one of the users on, has images for hundreds of artists, including Ivanov. I have no association with rinrin, other than that I admire him!

Ivanov - two nude boys - title not known to me - this work is on display ina museum - rinrin on has more information under Ivanov

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Ivanov - Seven Boys in Colourful Clothes - 1840s

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Ivanov - Landscape with three Nude Boys

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Ivanov: Apollo, Hyacinth and Cyparissus singing and playing 1831-1834 - various copies and a detail

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Ivanov - five more works

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Ivanov, Alexander Andreyevich (1806 - 1858, Italy) various works - some of these are details

Antonio Canova information

Antonio Canova (1 November 1757 – 13 October 1822) was an Italian sculptor who became famous for his marble sculptures that delicately rendered nude flesh. The epitome of the neoclassical style, his work marked a return to classical refinement after the theatrical excesses of Baroque sculpture.


Antonio Canova

Thomas Eakins

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins (July 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916) was an American realist painter, photographer, sculptor, and fine arts educator. He is widely acknowledged[2] to be one of the most important artists in American art history.[3]


In 1894 the artist wrote: "My honors are misunderstanding, persecution & neglect, enhanced because unsought."

from Sewell, Darrel: Thomas Eakins: Artist of Philadelphia, page xvi. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1982.

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Artworks by Thomas Eakins

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Georges Seurat

"Georges Seurat (December 2, 1859 - March 29, 1891) was a French painter and draftsman. His large work Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, his most famous painting, altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of 19th century painting."


see also


Georges Seurat examples

Jose Julio de Souza-Pinto (1856-1939) Portuguese Painter

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote from a photographer on flickr

childish_david Pro User says:

Yes, really John, you and me we have different opinions, different ways to see things and different standards.

For heaven's sake nudity is nothing evil, nothing bad, nothing to be worried about and nothing that needs to be hidden. I'm so tired of this "oh the world today has become so bad, so many freaks, we have to hide our kids". It's plain and simple BS. The percentage of people who have bad intentions has never changed since mankind exists. It's such a lame excuse when people blame the 'bad world" the "perverts" for their own distorted and skewed feeling when it comes to nudity.

The body of a human being changes from a pretty odd and unattractive shape and proportions as a new born baby to become a very sexy one when fully grown (which is between 16 and 20). The change is gradual. People are not ugly and unattractive up to 17 and become sexy overnight when they turn 18. The body of a 10 year old person resembles that of a fully grown person. We can't pretend that it looks completely unattractive and that feeling is unsettling, uncomfortable. We start to see attractiveness but at the same time we feel guilty about it and try to discard it. But guess what, that is not my problem, this off putting feeling is something some people will have to deal with. Don't point your finger at me for your own feelings.

So far my kids have zero problem with their body and being nude. I will keep it that way as long as I can.

Would I post a photo like that of my daughter?

The human body is beautiful in it's own way at any age and it's just plain wrong to feel uncomfortable looking at it. If anyone has an issue with that, complain to god.

Yes I am concerned about those who get too excited looking at those kind of photos, but not taking and not uploading these photos will not make any difference, it won't change them one way or another. Again, I won't let a few freaks decide what I do and what 99% of the people find beautiful and innocent and enjoy seeing.
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Quote from Michaelangelo

"What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Robert Brackman (September 25, 1898 – July 1980)

Robert Brackman (September 25, 1898 – July 1980) was an artist and teacher of Germanic origin, best known for large figural works, portraits, and still lifes.


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Akers, Benjamin Paul (1825-1861), The Dead Pearl Diver, 1858, Portland, Maine

From Westbrook Maine, Benjamin Akers was known for his portrait busts and medallions and most specifically for one sculpture, Dead Pearl Diver, about an ideal youth drowned at sea. With elaborate carving of the fish net drapery, it brought Akers fame and success.

Sadly his deteriorating health led to a short life, and he died at age 36 in Philadelphia. However, his skills continue to be celebrated in Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel, The Marble Faun.

quotation from Ask Art: The Artists Bluebook

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Adolescentiae Somnia Celestiae Amoris, Innocentiae Benovelentiae, Veritas, Virtutis by John Staines Babb

Albert Anker (1831-1910) - I have been unable to find his winged genius painting, called "Genius der Tode"

Albert Samuel Anker (April 1, 1831 – July 16, 1910) was a Swiss painter and illustrator who has been called the "national painter" of Switzerland because of his enduringly popular depictions of 19th-century Swiss village life.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Blistanov, Nikolay The Shepherd with a pipe (1835-1864) Russian Museum, St. Petersburg has a massive collection of art

D'Astiniere, Eugène Nicolas Clément comte (1841-1817), L'Enfant à la vague (Salon de 1886)

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(much to his chagrin!)

Alexander Matveyev

"Alexander Matveev (1878-1960) was one of the leading Russian sculptors of his generation"

"Matveyev, Alexander (1878–1960). Russian sculptor. He was born in Saratov and had his main training at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, 1899–1902. One of his teachers there was Trubetskoy, whose impressionistic handling influenced his early work. Matveyev was also influenced by Art Nouveau (he was a member of the World of Art group) and by Symbolism (he took part in the Blue Rose exhibitions). He was a friend of the Symbolist painter Borisov-Musatov (a fellow native of Saratov) and one of his most famous works is Borisov-Musatov's funerary memorial (1910–12) at Tarusa, near Moscow. Beautifully carved in granite, it captures the delicate, melancholy spirit of the painter's work, showing ‘the figure of a boy … sunk in a dream … The theme of luminous calm is in accord with the substance and meaning of the monument and also with the general character of Borisov-Musatov's work’ ( Dmitri Sarabianov, Russian Art, 1990). After the Russian Revolution in 1917, Matveyev's style became more heroic, in line with the ideals of Socialist Realism, but he always retained independence of spirit, resisting the empty rhetoric that characterized so much Soviet art in Stalin's time; in 1949 he was officially censured for the deadly sin of formalism. An exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth was held in the Russian Museum, Leningrad, in 1978."

IAN CHILVERS. "Matveyev, Alexander." A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art. 1999. (February 14, 2010).

Three Examples of Alexander Matveyev's sculptures has many more samples

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