1880 – Academic Drawing: Study of a Seated Bearded Naked Male Facing Right, Left Hand Raised.

Charcoal on blue paper, 22.7/8″ x 17.7/8″ (58.3 cm x 45.6 cm), signed and dated lower right “Müller Adolfo vii.7.1880”, an L-shaped tear mended at back below the seat of the man, creased lower right and through foot; damaged edges and tears.

Adolfo Muller-Ury Stiftung, Hospental, Switzerland.

This is the only drawing surviving from Muller-Ury’s study in Stans with Deschwanden which is of an academic nature. It’s difficult to reconcile the date of the sheet with the overly religious atmosphere in Deschwanden’s studio; the date of July 1880 suggests that the young artist might have been on holiday in Italy and taken advantage of the occasional availability of naked models.