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Nude Sculpture

In a similar way to animal or abstract sculpture, nude sculpture is a distinct art genre that depicts humans figures unclothed. Nonetheless, traditional nude figures were often partially clothed with cleverly placed drapery with their genitals covered. Nude art does not necessarily translate as a representation of sheer nakedness and a complete absence of clothing but it does need to have an marked interested in portraying the human body.

Although nude art was only recognised by art critics as a genre of its own in the 20th century, it is one of the oldest forms of art known to date. Made in 24,000 BCE, the Venus of Willendorf is an early example of nude sculpture. The fact that it is not a realistic representation of the female figure is irrelevant. The exaggerated chest and stomach may allude to a certain feminine beauty ideal or may be interpreted as symbols of fertility.

In Europe and the Middle East, a nude artistic tradition started to develop. Egyptian and Greco-Roman sculptures are certainly some of the most memorable works from this period of art history, many of which can be seen today at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Greek nudes first started to emerge during the 6th century BCE and focused essentially on portraying a certain ideal standard of beauty. Gods, heroes and athletes were all favourite subject choices for sculptors who sometimes depicted them on a monumental scale. Throughout art history, the nude has been used to symbolise the canons of beauty of a particular period. In contrast to the Venus of Willendorf, the figures represented in Greek marble sculptures are a much more realistic representation of the proportions of the human body. However, they still adhere to rather strict artistic codes about human representation and the notion of the ideal body. The sculptures continued to depict an ideal standard of beauty, albeit one based more closely on true human nature.

The Roman Empire soon developed a taste for nude sculpture and began a long tradition of copying Greek sculptures for mainly decorative purposes. For quite some time after, the rising influence of Christianity brought the development of nude sculpture to a standstill. It wasn’t until the Italian Renaissance that nude sculpture became a prestigious art form once again. Artists began to rediscover a form of artistic expression that allowed them to interpret beauty and glorify mankind.

Famous artists such as Bernini, Benvenuto Cellini or Michelangelo often chose mythological or biblical subjects as a pretext to study and explore human anatomy, creating as a result some of the most important masterpieces of Western art.

Their works contributed to the creation of a canon that dominated the artistic scene until the end of the 19th century when a new wave of sculptors announced the advent of modern art, a movement that was no longer interested in representing the model realistically but was more concerned about the expressive meaning of the work. The work of Auguste Rodin and of Alberto Giacometti are notable examples of the break away from realistic neo classical nude sculpture.

To get a better idea of current trends in nude sculpture, have a look at the works of contemporary artists such as Jenny Verplanke, de Jean-François Lemaire and Cade.

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Rudy Morandini, Victoire, Sculpture

Rudy Morandini

Victoire, 2021
94 x 43 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$7,027

Muraz Martirosyan, Maternity, Sculpture

Muraz Martirosyan

Maternity, 2015
69 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$15,266

Booba, Booba, Vltra, MMXXI, Sculpture

Booba

Booba, Vltra, MMXXI, 2021
45 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Rendez-la nous, Sculpture

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Rendez-la nous, 2019
88 x 90 x 55 cm
Sculpture

$6,216 $6,906

Yves Klein, Petite Vénus bleue, Sculpture

Yves Klein

Petite Vénus bleue, 2001
6.2 x 2.4 x 0.1 cm
Sculpture

$9,693

Miguel Berrocal, Minicariatide, Sculpture

Miguel Berrocal

Minicariatide, 1960
15 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$2,181

Emilio Greco, Head of Woman, Sculpture

Emilio Greco

Head of Woman, 1950
48 x 27 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$9,087

Our recommendations Chantal Cheuva, Nichée, Sculpture

Chantal Cheuva

Nichée, 2017
30 x 58 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$7,997

Dominique Dardek, Allégresse, Sculpture

Dominique Dardek

Allégresse, 2018
40 x 10 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Liu Bolin, Red Hand, Sculpture

Liu Bolin

Red Hand, 2006
53 x 15 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$6,058

Giuseppe Mazzullo, Passo di Danza, Sculpture

Giuseppe Mazzullo

Passo di Danza, 1946
12 x 4 x 3.2 cm
Sculpture

$2,181

Val Carr-Ortolan, Autant en emporte le temps, Sculpture

Val Carr-Ortolan

Autant en emporte le temps, 2021
75 x 55 x 55 cm
Sculpture

$7,148

Mirogi, Zen, Sculpture

Mirogi

Zen, 2021
40 x 24 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$11,995

Aurelio Mistruzzi, Satyr with Young Faun on his Shoulders, Sculpture

Aurelio Mistruzzi

Satyr with Young Faun on his Shoulders, 1930
31 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$4,846

Stefan Nikolaev, Glory Glow, le faux berger, Sculpture

Stefan Nikolaev

Glory Glow, le faux berger, 2015
26 x 14 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,212

Orfeo Tamburi, Hospitality, Sculpture

Orfeo Tamburi

Hospitality, 1980
29 x 8 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$3,877

Pericle Fazzini, Dante Meets Virgil, Sculpture

Pericle Fazzini

Dante Meets Virgil, 1970
33 x 25 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$10,904

Elyane Gauthier, Amazone, Sculpture

Elyane Gauthier

Amazone, 2018
69 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$1,939

Robert de Sutter, Buste 17, Sculpture

Robert de Sutter

Buste 17, 2018
39 x 12 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$4,180

Giuseppe Migneco, Man on the Rock, Sculpture

Giuseppe Migneco

Man on the Rock, 1970
22 x 30 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$5,573

Hyttenhove, Myron-ton, Myron-tienne / One-armed discobolus, Sculpture

Hyttenhove

Myron-ton, Myron-tienne / One-armed discobolus, 2017
22 x 15 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,926

Marina, Pin-up noir et or, Sculpture

Marina

Pin-up noir et or, 2018
95 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$9,693

YJonathan DARMON, Passion, Sculpture

YJonathan DARMON

Passion, 2000
30 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,206

Tasic, Noeud, Sculpture

Tasic

Noeud, 2004
82 x 40 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$6,058

Ulrike Bolenz, Cocoon III, Sculpture

Ulrike Bolenz

Cocoon III, 2020
130 x 60 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$7,754

Fabienne Claesen, Greta, Sculpture

Fabienne Claesen

Greta, 2017
84.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 cm
Sculpture

$3,029

Le Maghien, Maghiër en maghiërin met koffer (groen), Sculpture

Le Maghien

Maghiër en maghiërin met koffer (groen), 2014
67 x 50 x 60 cm
Sculpture

$18,174

Alain Quercia, Femme au masque d'aigle blanc, Sculpture

Alain Quercia

Femme au masque d'aigle blanc, 2017
40 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$4,362

Rodan Kane Hart, Le Petit Penseur, Sculpture

Rodan Kane Hart

Le Petit Penseur, 2021
100 x 45 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$10,904

Lydie Arickx, Dans tes bras, Sculpture

Lydie Arickx

Dans tes bras, 2011
30 x 14.5 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$29,078

Pierre Williams, Two pugilists waiting for the swifts, Sculpture

Pierre Williams

Two pugilists waiting for the swifts, 2019
47 x 12 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$843

Stéphane Dugied, Sans titre - série corps de femme, Sculpture

Stéphane Dugied

Sans titre - série corps de femme, 2018
70 x 52 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$698

Our recommendations Mel Ramos, Candy II (Snickers), Sculpture

Mel Ramos

Candy II (Snickers), 2014
76.2 x 55.9 x 7.6 cm
Sculpture

$50,000

Víctor Hugo Yáñez Piña, The self made woman, Sculpture

Víctor Hugo Yáñez Piña

The self made woman, 2020
54 x 24 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$5,452

Sylvie Bourely, B'elle endormie, Sculpture

Sylvie Bourely

B'elle endormie, 2020
12 x 54 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$1,212

ChrisB, Il fait beau, Sculpture

ChrisB

Il fait beau, 2021
44 x 11 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$594

Idan Zareski, Lady Foot xs, Sculpture

Idan Zareski

Lady Foot xs, 2020
30 x 11 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$2,302

Brno Del Zou, Equilibre, Sculpture

Brno Del Zou

Equilibre, 2016
185 x 180 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$10,299

Silvia Calmejane, Danseuse, Sculpture

Silvia Calmejane

Danseuse, 2019
60 x 50 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$2,157

Manny Woodard, The Wrestlers, Sculpture

Manny Woodard

The Wrestlers, 2020
49 x 62 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$2,126

Philippe Aïni, Le Manteau de Couleur, Sculpture

Philippe Aïni

Le Manteau de Couleur, 2002
37 x 15.5 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,500

Caroline Chopin, Smoky 3, Sculpture

Caroline Chopin

Smoky 3, 2020
23.5 x 8 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$436

François Loup, Petits seins sur socle 3, Sculpture

François Loup

Petits seins sur socle 3, 2018
38 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$606

Dominique Regnier, Amalia de Golzinne, Sculpture

Dominique Regnier

Amalia de Golzinne, 2020
38 x 23 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,574

Delphine Lepoutre, Angirika - 1/1, Sculpture

Delphine Lepoutre

Angirika - 1/1, 2019
81 x 13 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$1,212

Oriol Texidor, Immersio 268, Sculpture

Oriol Texidor

Immersio 268, 2019
42 x 30 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,817

Tasha Wolff, Volare, sognare, Sculpture

Tasha Wolff

Volare, sognare, 2008
156 x 54 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$836

Pierrette Dijonneau, Joie, Sculpture

Pierrette Dijonneau

Joie, 2020
26 x 31 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$909

Keivan Beiranvand, Porter Man n°1048, Sculpture

Keivan Beiranvand

Porter Man n°1048, 2018
30 x 21 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,999

Rebecca de Cachard, Désir, Sculpture

Rebecca de Cachard

Désir, 2019
56 x 77 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$5,089

Jacques Coquillay, Sans titre, Sculpture

Jacques Coquillay

Sans titre, 1990
76 x 22.5 x 15.6 cm
Sculpture

$9,451

Florence Sartori, Time, Sculpture

Florence Sartori

Time, 2016
24 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,187

Evelyne Vella, Avenir, Sculpture

Evelyne Vella

Avenir, 2020
15 x 25 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$1,212

Roger Ferrier, Leda et le cygne, Sculpture

Roger Ferrier

Leda et le cygne, 1950
26.5 x 20 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$451

Nicole Besnainou, Eclatante 3, Sculpture

Nicole Besnainou

Eclatante 3, 2019
24 x 11 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,324

David Robinson, Diviner, Sculpture

David Robinson

Diviner, 2019
48 x 3.5 x 27 cm
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Mariette Forges, Eve et la pomme, Sculpture

Mariette Forges

Eve et la pomme, 2021
46 x 17 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$6,058

Paige Bradley, Expansion (Third Life) w/electricity, The Metamorphosis, Sculpture

Paige Bradley

Expansion (Third Life) w/electricity, The Metamorphosis, 2016
47 x 53.3 x 24.1 cm
Sculpture

$18,500

Ibrahim Ouattara, Elégance 1, Sculpture

Ibrahim Ouattara

Elégance 1, 2019
65 x 29 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$666

Zion, Amiche, Sculpture

Zion

Amiche, 2018
23 x 48 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$848

Agnès Bouche, L'infini, Sculpture

Agnès Bouche

L'infini, 2016
6 x 41 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$1,454

Borislav Bonev, Erato "Muse", Sculpture

Borislav Bonev

Erato "Muse", 2020
17 x 13 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$945

Wenling Chen, Red Memory-Stop Staring at me, Sculpture

Wenling Chen

Red Memory-Stop Staring at me, 2010
19 x 48 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$5,000

Fatemeh Moosavi, De la série "Suddenly" n°877, Sculpture

Fatemeh Moosavi

De la série "Suddenly" n°877, 2017
40 x 70 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$1,817

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