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ACADEMIC STYLE

During the Renaissance, the first European fine art academies were established in Italy and would guide the style and standards of visual culture in the following centuries. Academic art became dominant across the continent in the 17th century, with artists coming together to offer instruction in this style of painting and sculpture

The academic art period represented a significant change from the previous era when painters, sculptors and other artists were part of guilds and seen more as artisans than purveyors of culture. While patronage from the elite and the church remained pivotal, young artists were able to support themselves for the first time through academic exhibitions and an independent marketplace. The leading academies included the French Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture founded in Paris in 1648 (which became the Académie des Beaux-Arts after the French Revolution) and the London Royal Academy of Arts formed in 1768 under the inaugural leadership of painter Joshua Reynolds

Academy students sketched drawings based on prints, sculptures and, finally, live models. Movements including neoclassicism and romanticism were particularly popular in these art schools and institutions where the influence of Raphael and Nicolas Poussin was prominent. Beaux Arts architecture and furniture design drew on these movements, too, and, as they also originated at the Académie des Beaux-Arts, the disciplines share common ground with academic painting and sculpture.

Although academic art was a major shift for artistic status when it began, by the middle of the 19th century it was viewed as stodgy and resistant to new ideas, with the subject matter of artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Léon Gérôme generally limited to allegorical or mythological themes. Impressionism, realism and the other movements that engaged with contemporary issues that followed were direct reactions to the academic tradition, although it continued to inform the avant-garde as artists like Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso started their practices as academic realists.  

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Style: Academic
Sunrise, Impressionism Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Karen Darbinyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind Medium: Oil on Linen, Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Sunrise Size: 9" x 13.5" x 0.8'' in...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Emerald Waves, Impressionism Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Karen Darbinyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind Medium: Oil on Linen, Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Emerald Waves Size: 8.5" x 12" x 0.8...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Academic study of Gladiator from Galleria Borghese. XIX century
Located in Firenze, IT
Gladiator from Borghese Gallery. Mid XIX century academic drawing. Black charcoal on paper. Dimensions : cm 65 x cm 48 Statue of a gladiator from the Borghese Gallery. Excellent...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Charcoal, Carbon Pencil

Ocean Side, Impressionism Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Karen Darbinyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind Medium: Oil on Linen, Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Ocean Side Size: 29.5" x 39" x 0.8'...
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2010s Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Canvas

After Storm, Impressionism Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Karen Darbinyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind Medium: Oil on Linen, Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: After Storm Size: 29" x 39" x 0.8''...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Young girl from Tetouan, Morocco
Located in New Orleans, LA
Young girl from Tetouan, Morocco Signed (center right) Oil on canvas In this important oil on canvas, French Orientalist painter Charles Landelle captures the engaging visage of a young Moroccan woman in a moment of tranquil contemplation. Seated on the floor of what is almost certainly an opulent riad, the young woman wears an intricately embroidered Moroccan kaftan and headdress. The sumptuous patterns on the floor and in the background lend an additional warmth to the strikingly vivid red hues which dominate the composition and are a hallmark of Landelle’s work. The symbols behind the young woman may represent either the Jewish Star of David or the Islamic Seal...
Category

Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Solitude
Located in New Orleans, LA
Signed “G-Seignac” (lower right) Oil on canvas French Academic painter Guillaume Seignac was renowned for his masterful treatment of the idealized nude. His languishing female subje...
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Napoléon before the Battle of Moscow
Located in New Orleans, LA
Emperor Napoléon I was and remains one of the most legendary military and political figures in history, having held, for a brief period, the fate of the Western world in his hands. Composed by the French painter Joseph Franque...
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Mutine
Located in New Orleans, LA
Guillaume Seignac 1870-1924 | French Mutine Signed “G. Seignac” (lower right) Oil on canvas A mischievous maiden dominates this garden scene by French Academic artist Guillaume ...
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Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

20th century English pencil nude study of a torso
Located in Woodbury, CT
Ernest Procter Wonderful classical drawing of a nude torso. Ernest Procter ARA was an English designer, illustrator and painter, and husband of the famous British artist Dod Procte...
Category

1920s Academic Art

Materials

Handmade Paper, Carbon Pencil

"Portrait du Peintre A. Guillaumin au Pendu".
Located in Southampton, NY
Original Etching. "Portrait du Peintre A. Guillaumin au Pendu" by Paul Cezanne. In gilt and black ebonized Charles Eastlake Victorian frame. Circa 1875. Dimensions: Sight size 7 inc...
Category

1870s Academic Art

Materials

Etching

A son of Niobe. Italian Academic drawing. XIX century.
Located in Firenze, IT
A son of Niobe. Italian Academic drawing. XIX century. Charcoal drawing on paper. Dimensions: cm 58 x cm 43. Good conservation conditions with small defects on margins. This dra...
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Charcoal, Carbon Pencil

Antoni Costa 16 Woman. original figurative academician drawing painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
woman. original figurative academician drawing painting.. frame Barcelona, 1904 - Barcelona, 1965 It was formed in Buenos Aires, in the Circle of San Lucas of Barcelona and the FAD....
Category

1950s Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Graphite

French Contemporary Art by Franck Bailleul - Il Fait Beau Là-Bas ?
Located in Paris, IDF
Artwork located in Los Angeles, USA. Franck Bailleul is a French painter born in 1964 who lives & works in Abbeville, Normandy, France. He has exhibited nationally as well as in th...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

“Sailing off the Coast”
Located in Southampton, NY
Original oil painting on academy board by the American artist, Frederic Louis Thompson. Signed lower left and dated 1887. Condition is very good. Original walnut and gilt Victorian ...
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Board, Oil

French Contemporary Art by Franck Bailleul - Omaha
Located in Paris, IDF
Franck Bailleul is a French painter born in 1964 who lives & works in Abbeville, Normandy, France. He has exhibited nationally as well as in the United States and China. His works e...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

French Contemporary Art by Franck Bailleul - Swing des Oranges
Located in Paris, IDF
Artwork located in Los Angeles, USA. Franck Bailleul is a French painter born in 1964 who lives & works in Abbeville, Normandy, France. He has exhibited nationally as well as in th...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Panel

Portrait of a Lady with Hat and Fan - Marie-Antoinette Style in 1783
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Félix-Henri Giacomotti (1828-1909) Portrait of a Lady - Marie-Antoinette fashion in 1783. Signed low left Old frame gilded with leaves Dim canvas : 92,5 X 73,5 cm Dim Oval view : 86 ...
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Oil

French school 19th Sketch costume canopy holder church pictorial decoration
Located in PARIS, FR
French school of the 19th century Watercolor Annotations "Porte Dais / Costume for for the church of Saint Denis" 24 x 16.5 cm
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Watercolor

Academic Life Studies of Male Nudes. Double Sided Rear View and Arms Aloft Pose
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Eduard Braun. German ( b.1798 - d.1876 ). Academic Life Study of a Male Nude Rear View Holding a Cane on the reverse Academic Life Study of a Male Nude Arms Aloft Pose Pencil and Cha...
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Charcoal, Pencil, Paper

Nudo maschile nella posa di un satiro dormiente. XIX secolo
Located in Firenze, IT
Disegno del nudo maschile. Dal 19 ° secolo Disegno su carta leggermente colorata. In buone condizioni. Il disegno rappresenta un uomo sdraiato, che si abbandona al sonno. In una posa...
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Carbon Pencil

Biedermeier Period Academic Life Study Male Nude Carrying a Staff circa 1826.
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Eduard Braun. German ( b.1798 - d.1876 ). Academic Life Study of a Male Nude Carrying a Staff Pencil and Charcoal on Paper with Heightening on paper. Annotation (presumably a dedicat...
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Charcoal, Pencil, Paper

"Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley" American West, 19th Century Oil on Board
Located in New York, NY
George Henry Smillie Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Valley, 1871 Signed and inscribed board verso "Cathedral Rocks-Morning-Yo-semite Valley Aug. 71 Geo. H. Smillie", also inscribed "Yo-se...
Category

1870s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Board

Biedermeier Period Academic Life Study Male Nude Half Kneeling Pose circa 1826
Located in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset
Eduard Braun. German ( b.1798 - d.1876 ). Academic Life Study of a Male Nude Half Kneeling Pose Pencil and Charcoal on Paper with Heightening on paper. Paper size 22.8 inches x 17.3 ...
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Charcoal, Pencil, Paper

Antoni Costa Woman. original figurative Academician drawing painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
woman. original figurative academician drawing painting Barcelona, 1904 - Barcelona, 1965 It was formed in Buenos Aires, in the Circle of San Lucas of Barcelona and the FAD. He was ...
Category

1960s Academic Art

Materials

Carbon Pencil

Henry Robert Robertson, Ave Maria, Etching
By Henry Robert Robertson
Located in Cheltenham, GB
This fine late 19th-century etching by British artist Henry Robert Robertson (1839-1921) depicts a couple worshipping a shrine to the Virgin Mary at sea. The original painting was ex...
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Etching

Academic Study of the Head of Paris by Canova (Gypsoteca plaster copy)
Located in Firenze, IT
Academic Study of the Head of Paris by Canova (plaster copy) 57 cm x 46.5 cm Charcoal pencil drawing on matte paper. Excellent conservation conditions. Plaster casts from nineteenth...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Carbon Pencil

Study of an actor, ca 1880 dramatic oil young man staring into fire 19th Century
Located in Norwich, GB
A dramatic, one of a kind oil study. Certainly not your run of the mill 19th Century portait! Depicted is a young man, whose face is brightly lit from what is likely is an open fire....
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Wife of Lot"
By Robert Bodem
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Robert Christian Bodem is a sculptor of figurative work, primarily showing in bronze. He received both his Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts in Sculpture at Boston University. Durin...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Academic Art

Materials

Bronze

Academic drawing of classical bust sculpture. 19th century
Located in Firenze, IT
This 19th century Italian drawing of classical bust sculpture in plaster showcases expert chiaroscuro modeling in black and brown charcoal on paper. Technique: black and brown charc...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Paper, Charcoal

“Clipper under Full Sail”
Located in Southampton, NY
Original oil on canvas painting of a three mast clipper under full sail. Signed by the artist lower right. Condition is very good to excellent. Mild stretcher bar wear top. Circa 198...
Category

1980s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

A. Costa 24 Woman original Figurative academician drawing painting
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
Woman. original figurative academician drawing painting Barcelona, 1904 - Barcelona, 1965 It was formed in Buenos Aires, in the Circle of San Lucas of Barcelona and the FAD. He was f...
Category

1960s Academic Art

Materials

Carbon Pencil

French academic drawing Pencil portrait man bust 19th
Located in PARIS, FR
Charles Louis MULLER Paris, 1815 – Paris, 1892 Dessin au crayon 50 x 38 cm Signé en bas à droite « Ch. L. Müller »
Category

19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Carbon Pencil

Canterbury Gate Cathedral
By Preston Cribb
Located in New York, NY
Preston Cribb (English, 1876-1937) "Canterbury Gate Cathedral", Etching titled and signed in Pencil, 13.63 x 9.50 Framed (Image: 9.50 x 5.25), Early to Mid 20th Century Colors: Bla...
Category

Mid-20th Century Academic Art

Materials

Etching

Hunting Dog Portrait Pastel On Paper By Catherine Dammeron
Located in Gavere, BE
The artist Catherine Dammeron was born in 1976 in Wissembourg in Alsace. She made her passion for pastel drawing her job. Artist going against the current, this resident of Yonne fav...
Category

1990s Academic Art

Materials

Gold Leaf

Children in the Beach, Impressionism, Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Ara H. Hakobyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind. Medium: Oil on Canvas Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Children in the Beach Size: 31.5" x...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

20th Century British watercolour of Cowdrey ruins, West Sussex by Muncaster
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Claude Muncaster (British, 1903-1974) Cowdray ruins, West Sussex Pencil and watercolour 12.1/2 x 9 in. (31.7 x 22.8 cm.) Provenance: Garton & Cooke, New Bond Street, London Exhibitio...
Category

20th Century Academic Art

Materials

Watercolor, Pencil

Bust of veiled woman
Located in Roma, RM
Giulio Tadolini ( Rome 1849 - 1918 ) ( attr. to ), Bust of veiled woman Bronze 61 x 37 x 22 cm.
Category

Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Bronze

Coastal, Impressionism, Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Ara H. Hakobyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind. Medium: Oil on Canvas Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Coastal Size: 31.5" x 39.5" x 0.8''...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Ocean Serene, Impressionism, Original oil Painting, One of a Kind
Located in Granada Hills, CA
Artist: Ara H. Hakobyan Work: Original Oil Painting, Handmade Artwork, One of a Kind. Medium: Oil on Canvas Year: 2024 Style: Impressionism Title: Ocean Serene Size: 31.5" x 39.5" x ...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Maiden with hat
Located in Roma, RM
Luigi Preatoni (Novara 1845 - ?), Maiden with hat Marble bust 66 x 43 x 36 cm signed (L Preatoni) on edge of dress.
Category

Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Marble

Bacino San Marco
By Giuseppe Canella
Located in Roma, RM
Giuseppe Canella (Verona 1788 - Firenze 1847), Bacino San Marco Dipinto ad olio su tavola di cm 14 x 20 firmato in basso a sinistra.
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Board

The plain of Palermo as seen from Monte Pellegrino
Located in Roma, RM
Giovanni Calamia Lombardo (Palermo 1849 - 1894) The plain of Palermo as seen from Mt. Pellegrino. Oil painting on panel 26 x 44 cm signed lower left.
Category

Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Board

Portrait of a lawman in his study
Located in Roma, RM
Giuseppe Gandolfo (Catania 1792 - 1855), Portrait of a lawman in his study Oil painting on canvas 87 x 68 cm signed and dated 1831 (or 1851) lower left, always in the lower left co...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Riva d'Arno in Florence
Located in Roma, RM
Domenico Bresolin (Padua 1813 - Venice 1890), Riva d'Arno in Florence Oil on canvas applied to cardboard 26 x 40 cm. INFO: to get more information Publications D. Ritter, Venedig...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Cardboard

Boy in a squero in Venice
Located in Roma, RM
Domenico Bresolin (Padua 1813 - Venice 1890), Boy in a squero in Venice Oil on canvas applied to cardboard 27 x 16 cm initialed (DB) lower left. Publications D. Ritter, Venedig in...
Category

Mid-19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil, Cardboard

Portrait of Raphael Gambogi
Located in Roma, RM
Lando Landozzi (Pisa 1887 - Livorno 1959), Raffaello Gambogi Oil painting on panel 62 x 40 cm signed lower right.
Category

Early 20th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Board

In the diner
Located in Roma, RM
Antonio Maria Fabrés y Costa (Barcelona 1854 - Rome 1938), In the Restaurant (1880) Oil painting on panel 14 x 21 cm signed and dated on the right.
Category

Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil, Board

Echoes 3 - painting Paula Craioveanu oil on canvas
Located in Forest Hills, NY
Echoes 3 Composition with Two Male Nudes, oil on canvas, 35.5x19.5in / 90x50cm Part of Wings of Gods solo show, April 2024. Shipped as it is, stretched, directly from the artist...
Category

2010s Academic Art

Materials

Canvas, Oil

“Chess Players”
Located in Southampton, NY
ARTIST Hey, Paul, 1867-1952, artist TITLE Chess players OTHER TITLE(S) Die Schachspieler PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION 1 print : etching ; sheet size 11 1/2" x 15" (30 x 39 cm.) Date: 1898 SUMMARY Three men are sitting around a chess board, two are playing and one is observing. The men are all late middle aged to old aged. The print has some fine details, and cross hatching is used extensively. On the table, besides the the chess set, are two coffee cups and a glass of water. Lower left in margin in pencil “original etching” in German. Lower right margin in pencil “chess players” written in German. No visible signature. The same etching by Paul Hey...
Category

1890s Academic Art

Materials

Archival Paper, Etching

Venice
By Alphonse Lecoz
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
LECOZ (XIXe) "Venice" Oil on canvas signed low right New golden frame Dim canvas : 50 X 100 cm Dim frame : 80 X 130 cm
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Late 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Oil

Pair of Miner Bookends
Located in Greenwich, CT
Max Kalish was an important and highly collected American sculptor desired for his depictions of the working man. Here we see a miner taking a break. Kalish was adept at conveying ...
Category

1920s Academic Art

Materials

Bronze

Study of a male nude
Located in PARIS, FR
Constance CHARPENTIER (1767-1849) Study of a male nude Charcoal and highlights with white chalk on paper Dimensions: 56.5 x 43.87 cm Provenanc...
Category

Early 19th Century Academic Art

Materials

Charcoal

Richard Wagner
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Richard Wagner Etching, c. 1880 Signed in the plate (see photo) Edition: c. 200 impressions Condition: mint Image/Plate size: 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches Sheet size: 14 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches ...
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Etching

Two Landscapes in Pair
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Paul ARMANDI (19th Century) Wood Landscapes by the river Oils on canvas in pair signed low right New golden frames Chassis Dim: 40 X 65 cm Frame Dim: 50 X 75 cm Paul ARMANDI is o...
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Oil

Outdoor Italian Stone Garden Sculptures of Roman Mythological subject of Apollo
Located in Rome, IT
Finely carved mythological subject in Vicenza limestone of Apollo in Excellent condition from an estate of Veneto. Timeless decoration for your interior or garden. Measurements: St...
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20th Century Academic Art

Materials

Limestone

Horse Carriage in the Bourgeoise Yard
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
James Thomas Wheeler (1849 - 1888) Horse Carriage in the Yard Oil on canvas signed low right Old original frame gilded with leaves Canvas size : 55 X 65 cm Frame size : 85 X 95 cm
Category

1880s Academic Art

Materials

Oil

Industrial Bridge Construction Seascape Pastel Painting by Thomas S. Halliday
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pastel and ink painting on Vellum paper by Thomas Symington Halliday (1902 - 1998), titled: Bridge Construction, and signed bottom left corner: T.S. Halliday. This interesting indust...
Category

1940s Academic Art

Materials

Pastel, Ink

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