THREE PAINTINGS of MAURICE DERIAZ by GUSTAVE COURTOIS (via GODS & FOOLISH GRANDEUR)

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“Portrait de l’athlète Maurice Deriaz”, 1907.

I posted the above painting last night in a Sissydude MEGA-POST and it got more attention than all the other naked realness, so I found some more info on the model and two more paintings at the always AWESOME Gods And Foolish Grandeur. I also found a few pics of Deriaz too. Enjoy!

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Deriaz modeling for Courtois in the latter’s studio.

GODS & FOOLISH GRANDEUR: Maurice Deriaz and his older brother, Emile, were the most famous of seven athletic brothers. They were born in Baulmes, Switzerland – Maurice in 1885 – but lived in France from an early age. Maurice was five foot six and weighed about two hundred pounds.

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His neck was nineteen inches around, his chest forty-eight, and his waist thirty-five. His thighs measured twenty-six inches, calves sixteen-and-a-half, forearms fourteen, and his biceps seventeen. He was celebrated for his weight-lifting feats, his impressive gymnastic abilities, and as a champion Greco-Roman wrestler.

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Called Le lion suisse or Roi de la beauté plastique, speaking fluent English, German, and Russian, he performed all over Europe. As his career wound down, he acquired a factory which produced reeds for oboes, clarinets, saxophones. He would often return to visit his home town and he eventually returned to live in Baulmes, where he died in the summer of 1974.

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Hercule au pied d’Omphale, 1912.

L0039136 Two male body builders, Lindinger & Maurice Deriaz, c. 1906

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Hercule au pied d’Omphale, 1912.

2 Responses

  1. david snow

    really great!

    June 1, 2014 at 6:45 am

  2. BigBen

    Ah, this is the kind of post I love about Sissydude, discovering stuff I never knew about. I am indebted. Thank you!

    June 17, 2014 at 9:02 am

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