Random Images: Georges Sauveur Maury

The French painter Georges Sauveur Maury was born on October 6, 1872 in Saint-Denis (near Paris). After studying with Ferdinand Humbert, Alphonse-Alexis Morlot, and Ernest Quost, he married a school teacher in 1902, and had himself a career in teaching. In 1932 he was nominated professor and workshop master in the famous Académie Julian in Paris. He died on August 22, 1960 in Montreuil (near Paris).

Maury mostly painted children, women and flowers, but he is also known for landscapes and orientalist scenes. I show below two of his paintings, showing children.

Georges Sauveur Maury - Les Bouquets

Georges Sauveur Maury – Les Bouquets (1910)

Georges Sauveur Maury - Bain matinal

Georges Sauveur Maury – Bain matinal (1924)

Another version of the second image was given in Pigtails in Paint, with the title “Three Girls by the Sea.”

Bare Beach Babies Pt. 2: Early to Mid-20th Century

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José Júlio de Souza-Pinto – La Baignade

Charles Lhermitte’s series carries on the Neoclassical tradition in photography:

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs debout en extension sur la rive d’un fleuve (1912)

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs jouant sur la rive d’un fleuve (1912)

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs marchant au bord d’un fleuve parmi les saules (1912)

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs marchant au bord d’un fleuve parmi les saules (1912)

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs jouant sur la rive d’un fleuve (1912)

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Charles Augustin Lhermitte – Fillette nue et couronnée de fleurs sur la berge d’un fleuve (1912)

Frans Smeers’ little boat enthusiast isn’t quite fully nude, but . . .

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Frans Smeers – Fillette au bateau (1906)

Imogen Cunningham, as a precursor to Jock Sturges, captures some of the earliest photographic images of nudist culture, notably this family with a young daughter:

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Imogen Cunningham – Family on the Beach (1910) (1)

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Imogen Cunningham – Family on the Beach (1910) (2)

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Emil Kelemen – Bathing Children

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Georges Sauveur Maury – Three Girls by the Sea

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Annelise Kretschmer – Untitled (Spiekeroog Island) (1932)

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Henri Mella – Petite Baigneuse

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Virginie Demont-Breton – Dans l’eau pure (1920s postcard)

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Eliot Elisofon – Children Bathing at Fogoloa Beach (1949, Life Magazine)

By mid-century in Europe prepubescent girls at public beaches usually donned bottoms but were not required to cover up their chest. Even today young girls covering their nipples in public remains primarily an American and British convention:
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Marcel Marlier – Martine a la mer (cover)

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Marcel Marlier (1)

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Marc Riboud – Two Girls After a Swim, France (1953)

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Anton Filkuka – Eva, the Artist’s Daughter, Bathing

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Dmytry Dmytrievich Zhilinsky – At the Sea, Family (1964)

Imogen Cunningham Trust

Wikipedia: Imogen Cunningham

Art Renewal Center: Virginie Demont-Breton

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

Wikipedia: Marcel Marlier

Marc Riboud: Cinquante ans de photographie

Wikipedia: Marc Riboud