Human body

Painting, Venus, Françoise Danel

Venus

Françoise Danel

Painting - 120 x 50 x 2 cm Painting - 47.2 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch

$1,678

Sculpture, Femme Massaï, Roland Masson

Femme Massaï

Roland Masson

Sculpture - 54 x 10 x 10 cm Sculpture - 21.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch

$928

Sculpture, Mère et fille, Valérie Hadida

Mère et fille

Valérie Hadida

Sculpture - 69 x 32 x 22 cm Sculpture - 27.2 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch

$14,540

Painting, Falling, Greatjoy Ndlovu

Falling

Greatjoy Ndlovu

Painting - 75 x 60 x 4 cm Painting - 29.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch

$1,566

Painting, Alma mater (Porcelana), Salustiano

Alma mater (Porcelana)

Salustiano

Painting - 120 x 120 cm Painting - 47.2 x 47.2 inch

$60,397

Sculpture, Hubert & Bubu, Idan Zareski

Hubert & Bubu

Idan Zareski

Sculpture - 140 x 73 x 51 cm Sculpture - 55.1 x 28.7 x 20.1 inch

$56,594

Sculpture, Figure 82, Philippe Olive

Figure 82

Philippe Olive

Sculpture - 82 x 10 x 18 cm Sculpture - 32.3 x 3.9 x 7.1 inch

$1,845

Sculpture, 85, Jérôme Mesnager

85

Jérôme Mesnager

Sculpture - 27 x 22.5 x 13 cm Sculpture - 10.6 x 8.9 x 5.1 inch

$783

Painting, Soulmates, Spring serie, Olha Vlasova

Soulmates, Spring serie

Olha Vlasova

Painting - 60 x 60 x 2 cm Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch

$1,118

Photography, Legs in the limo (XS), Tyler Shields

Legs in the limo (XS)

Tyler Shields

Photography - 38.1 x 50.8 cm Photography - 15 x 20 inch

$2,500

Print, Skeleton Study, Insane 51

Skeleton Study

Insane 51

Print - 94 x 69 cm Print - 37 x 27.2 inch

$2,203

Print, Diane au bain, Alexandre Granger

Diane au bain

Alexandre Granger

Print - 70 x 50 x 0.1 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch

$447

Painting, The space mission, Samuel Bloch

The space mission

Samuel Bloch

Painting - 100 x 80 x 1 cm Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch

$1,342 $1,275

Fine Art Drawings, Etude, Franciszek Starowieyski

Etude

Franciszek Starowieyski

Fine Art Drawings - 21 x 30 x 0.2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 8.3 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch

$671

Painting, Ébène et Mat, Alice Plantain

Ébène et Mat

Alice Plantain

Painting - 50 x 50 x 3 cm Painting - 19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

$2,237

Painting, Ziyad, Ahmed Art

Ziyad

Ahmed Art

Painting - 40 x 40 x 1 cm Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

$928

Painting, A quiet place, Gwendoline Le Ray

A quiet place

Gwendoline Le Ray

Painting - 81 x 65 x 2.5 cm Painting - 31.9 x 25.6 x 1 inch

$772

Photography, Pulchrum foruM - Format M, Louis Blanc

Pulchrum foruM - Format M

Louis Blanc

Photography - 50 x 50 x 1 cm Photography - 19.7 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

$1,007

Photography, Under Water series, Jenny Owens

Under Water series

Jenny Owens

Photography - 36 x 48 cm Photography - 14.2 x 18.9 inch

$940

Painting, Tattoo (Réhaussé), Enki Bilal

Tattoo (Réhaussé)

Enki Bilal

Painting - 80 x 80 cm Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 inch

$6,599

Sculpture, Donne V, Nando Kallweit

Donne V

Nando Kallweit

Sculpture - 26 x 19 x 7 cm Sculpture - 10.2 x 7.5 x 2.8 inch

$1,678

Sculpture, Perché n° 1, Réjane LeChat

Perché n° 1

Réjane LeChat

Sculpture - 48 x 11.5 x 9 cm Sculpture - 18.9 x 4.5 x 3.5 inch

$1,342

Painting, Rising I, Matteo Nannini

Rising I

Matteo Nannini

Painting - 35 x 90 x 4 cm Painting - 13.8 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch

$2,461

Photography, Calabria, Cecilia Paredes

Calabria

Cecilia Paredes

Photography - 70 x 90 x 1 cm Photography - 27.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch

$12,500

Sculpture, Hypofemme, Isabelle Litschig

Hypofemme

Isabelle Litschig

Sculpture - 40 x 10 x 10 cm Sculpture - 15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch

$3,691

Print, Jardin des délices, Corneille

Jardin des délices

Corneille

Print - 110 x 75 cm Print - 43.3 x 29.5 inch

$2,013

Sculpture, Fragment Escultòric Petit Nº 9, Esteve Prat Paz

Fragment Escultòric Petit Nº 9

Esteve Prat Paz

Sculpture - 15 x 30 x 20 cm Sculpture - 5.9 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch

$336

Sculpture, Be Real, Huang Yulong

Be Real

Huang Yulong

Sculpture - 35.6 x 17.8 x 15.2 cm Sculpture - 14 x 7 x 6 inch

$3,950

Painting, Blue Skull, Philippe Pasqua

Blue Skull

Philippe Pasqua

Painting - 195 x 159.5 x 0.1 cm Painting - 76.8 x 62.8 x 0 inch

$16,777

Sculpture, N°204, Mario Dilitz

N°204

Mario Dilitz

Sculpture - 210 x 70 x 45 cm Sculpture - 82.7 x 27.6 x 17.7 inch

$82,766

Painting, Isolation, Gaka Mira

Isolation

Gaka Mira

Painting - 60 x 60 x 3 cm Painting - 23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch

$2,908

Photography, Femme rêvée à la pierre, Michel Verna

Femme rêvée à la pierre

Michel Verna

Photography - 60 x 80 x 0.3 cm Photography - 23.6 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch

$1,063

Print, Untitled II, Luis Caballero

Untitled II

Luis Caballero

Print - 38.1 x 27.2 x 0.3 cm Print - 15 x 10.7 x 0.1 inch

$1,500

Sculpture, Invisible Patterns. Spiral. Ceramic Sculpture, Woman, Sve Gri

Invisible Patterns. Spiral. Ceramic Sculpture, Woman

Sve Gri

Sculpture - 29 x 35 x 6 cm Sculpture - 11.4 x 13.8 x 2.4 inch

$872

Fine Art Drawings, Entrainement sur la plage, Deauville, Adélaïde Leferme

Entrainement sur la plage, Deauville

Adélaïde Leferme

Fine Art Drawings - 21 x 29.7 x 1.5 cm Fine Art Drawings - 8.3 x 11.7 x 0.6 inch

$168

Sculpture, La Palme, 2m, Thierry Trivès

La Palme, 2m

Thierry Trivès

Sculpture - 200 x 51 x 45 cm Sculpture - 78.7 x 20.1 x 17.7 inch

$25,165

Sculpture, Montagne Yogi 120-21, Philippe Buil

Montagne Yogi 120-21

Philippe Buil

Sculpture - 21 x 18 x 12 cm Sculpture - 8.3 x 7.1 x 4.7 inch

$1,063

Fine Art Drawings, Flirt, Kristina Malashchenko

Flirt

Kristina Malashchenko

Fine Art Drawings - 36 x 26 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 14.2 x 10.2 x 0 inch

$671

Painting, Graphic - Kalinov, Stavri Kalinov

Graphic - Kalinov

Stavri Kalinov

Painting - 73 x 53 x 0.5 cm Painting - 28.7 x 20.9 x 0.2 inch

$1,230

Painting, Amour 01, Henry Escobar

Amour 01

Henry Escobar

Painting - 100 x 80 x 2.5 cm Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 1 inch

$3,355

Painting, Lumenis 43, Tracey Adams

Lumenis 43

Tracey Adams

Painting - 61 x 61 cm Painting - 24 x 24 inch

$3,575

Print, Sans titre I - Série : Effacement de la trace, Daniel Mourre

Sans titre I - Série : Effacement de la trace

Daniel Mourre

Print - 59 x 44 x 0.2 cm Print - 23.2 x 17.3 x 0.1 inch

$503

Painting, Musical Symbiosis (1), Hildegarde Handsaeme

Musical Symbiosis (1)

Hildegarde Handsaeme

Painting - 100 x 80 x 4 cm Painting - 39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch

$4,250

Sculpture, Fly in Blue, Florence Sartori

Fly in Blue

Florence Sartori

Sculpture - 16 x 22 x 12 cm Sculpture - 6.3 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch

$1,230

Painting, Feet Study, Jennifer DeGroot

Feet Study

Jennifer DeGroot

Painting - 31 x 61 x 4 cm Painting - 12.2 x 24 x 1.6 inch

$386

Photography, Close to nothing (Pink), Sophie Derrick

Close to nothing (Pink)

Sophie Derrick

Photography - 42 x 30 x 8 cm Photography - 16.5 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch

$1,589

Photography, Bas Résille, D-A Woisard

Bas Résille

D-A Woisard

Photography - 50 x 40 cm Photography - 19.7 x 15.7 inch

$895

Print, African Elephant, Ron English

African Elephant

Ron English

Print - 87 x 60.5 cm Print - 34.3 x 23.8 inch

$914

Photography, Senegal Sun, Clemente Vergara

Senegal Sun

Clemente Vergara

Photography - 70 x 50 cm Photography - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$548

Fine Art Drawings, L'Abeille - The Bee, Alex Konahin

L'Abeille - The Bee

Alex Konahin

Fine Art Drawings - 33 x 46 x 1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 13 x 18.1 x 0.4 inch

$2,237

Print, Images de Pierres, Giuseppe Penone

Images de Pierres

Giuseppe Penone

Print - 111 x 40 cm Print - 43.7 x 15.7 inch

$4,474

Sculpture, Ailée, Lutfi Romhein

Ailée

Lutfi Romhein

Sculpture - 58 x 25 x 25 cm Sculpture - 22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch

$3,355

Fine Art Drawings, Dessin 1, Roberto Matta

Dessin 1

Roberto Matta

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 65 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 25.6 inch

$8,948

Sculpture, Young One, Emmanuel Okoro

Young One

Emmanuel Okoro

Sculpture - 90 x 20 x 20 cm Sculpture - 35.4 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch

$4,502

Photography, Oriflamme, Claude Lévêque

Oriflamme

Claude Lévêque

Photography - 30 x 30 x 1 cm Photography - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch

$615

Painting, 111 117, Florian Eymann

111 117

Florian Eymann

Painting - 66 x 54 x 2 cm Painting - 26 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch

$3,194

Fine Art Drawings, Poèmes insoumis, André Masson

Poèmes insoumis

André Masson

Fine Art Drawings - 31.5 x 25 x 0.2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 12.4 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch

$1,678 $1,510

Fine Art Drawings, Élévation, Claude André Thibaud

Élévation

Claude André Thibaud

Fine Art Drawings - 22 x 36 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 8.7 x 14.2 x 0 inch

$680

Fine Art Drawings, Ecoute II, Bze Bzeland

Ecoute II

Bze Bzeland

Fine Art Drawings - 48.3 x 32.9 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19 x 13 x 0 inch

$224

Sculpture, Dancing petals, Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals

Jihyung Nam

Sculpture - 50 x 35 x 25 cm Sculpture - 19.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch

$1,687

Sculpture, Valise-Mémoire 1, Olivier Sultan

Valise-Mémoire 1

Olivier Sultan

Sculpture - 45 x 65 x 15 cm Sculpture - 17.7 x 25.6 x 5.9 inch

$1,790

Photography, Untitled II, Sébastien Castillo

Untitled II

Sébastien Castillo

Photography - 40 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

$604

Photography, Bird walk, Adina Apostu

Bird walk

Adina Apostu

Photography - 80 x 60 x 0.1 cm Photography - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch

$654

Painting, La Transmission, Alice Laverty

La Transmission

Alice Laverty

Painting - 81 x 65 x 2 cm Painting - 31.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch

$2,237

Print, Beach, Edmond Li Bellefroid

Beach

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Print - 45 x 45 cm Print - 17.7 x 17.7 inch

$145

Sculpture, Petite alanguie bleue, Marie Fang

Petite alanguie bleue

Marie Fang

Sculpture - 14 x 25 x 10 cm Sculpture - 5.5 x 9.8 x 3.9 inch

$783

Photography, Bill T. Jones, Robert Mapplethorpe

Bill T. Jones

Robert Mapplethorpe

Photography - 50.2 x 40 x 0.3 cm Photography - 19.75 x 15.75 x 0.1 inch

$45,000

Sculpture, Cowering Figure - Small, Annette Girke

Cowering Figure - Small

Annette Girke

Sculpture - 6 x 10 x 4 cm Sculpture - 2.4 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch

$1,532

Fine Art Drawings, Die Katia, Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Die Katia

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Fine Art Drawings - 76 x 56 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 29.9 x 22 x 0 inch

$1,063

Painting, Wet Tropics, Tellas

Wet Tropics

Tellas

Painting - 157 x 207 x 4 cm Painting - 61.8 x 81.5 x 1.6 inch

$8,612

Print, Bonheur Familial, Stratos

Bonheur Familial

Stratos

Print - 16 x 7 x 0.5 cm Print - 6.3 x 2.8 x 0.2 inch

$861

Painting, L'amour, Valentine Bouvet

L'amour

Valentine Bouvet

Painting - 50 x 100 x 3 cm Painting - 19.7 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch

$1,409

Sculpture, Horse, Gelitin

Horse

Gelitin

Sculpture - 132 x 60 x 100 cm Sculpture - 52 x 23.6 x 39.4 inch

$5,480

Print, Curl, Farhad Moshiri

Curl

Farhad Moshiri

Print - 70 x 50 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

$403

Sculpture, Camille, Christian Candelier

Camille

Christian Candelier

Sculpture - 39 x 11 x 21 cm Sculpture - 15.4 x 4.3 x 8.3 inch

$3,020

Sculpture, Arlequin bleu, James Coignard

Arlequin bleu

James Coignard

Sculpture - 50 x 16 x 6 cm Sculpture - 19.7 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch

$5,145

Print, Life is a Veil, Kiki Kogelnik

Life is a Veil

Kiki Kogelnik

Print - 81.3 x 66 cm Print - 32 x 26 inch

$8,000

Painting, Matière première, Marie Labat

Matière première

Marie Labat

Painting - 89 x 59 x 0.2 cm Painting - 35 x 23.2 x 0.1 inch

$783

Painting, Le bruit du monde, Claire Bonnet-Masimbert

Le bruit du monde

Claire Bonnet-Masimbert

Painting - 80 x 60 x 4 cm Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch

$1,790

Photography, Neck Tattoo, Warwick Saint

Neck Tattoo

Warwick Saint

Photography - 78.7 x 63.5 cm Photography - 31 x 25 inch

$1,800

Sculpture, Les Deux Mondes, David David

Les Deux Mondes

David David

Sculpture - 85 x 75 x 80 cm Sculpture - 33.5 x 29.5 x 31.5 inch

$9,507

Print, Nanda, Emilio Greco

Nanda

Emilio Greco

Print - 57 x 45 x 0.2 cm Print - 22.4 x 17.7 x 0.1 inch

$1,678

Painting, Hand 02, Eloy Morales

Hand 02

Eloy Morales

Painting - 20 x 20 x 2 cm Painting - 7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch

$1,790

Photography, Bolchoi XV, Gérard Uféras

Bolchoi XV

Gérard Uféras

Photography - 40 x 50 cm Photography - 15.7 x 19.7 inch

$1,901

Print, Meditación, Sonia Alins

Meditación

Sonia Alins

Print - 43 x 43 x 0.2 cm Print - 16.9 x 16.9 x 0.1 inch

$140

Painting, Le corps souple de la belle, Herve Malcom Thomas

Le corps souple de la belle

Herve Malcom Thomas

Painting - 146 x 114 x 2 cm Painting - 57.5 x 44.9 x 0.8 inch

$2,461

Print, Girl in Doorway, George Segal

Girl in Doorway

George Segal

Print - 70.5 x 99 x 0.1 cm Print - 27.8 x 39 x 0 inch

$1,342

Painting, Insomnia, Judith Berry

Insomnia

Judith Berry

Painting - 30 x 30 x 3 cm Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch

$1,400

Painting, Softsculpture 2, Henrik Jacob

Softsculpture 2

Henrik Jacob

Painting - 30 x 20 cm Painting - 11.8 x 7.9 inch

$1,342

Print, Sans titre, Pierre Dmitrienko

Sans titre

Pierre Dmitrienko

Print - 74.5 x 56 x 0.05 cm Print - 29.3 x 22 x 0 inch

$559

Sculpture, Joker 5 (1/6), Boshra Mustafa

Joker 5 (1/6)

Boshra Mustafa

Sculpture - 36 x 11 x 13 cm Sculpture - 14.2 x 4.3 x 5.1 inch

$1,500

Sculpture, Diva, Nathalie Camoin-Chanet

Diva

Nathalie Camoin-Chanet

Sculpture - 51 x 12 x 10 cm Sculpture - 20.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch

$4,698

Fine Art Drawings, Encensé 2, Catherine Carrée

Encensé 2

Catherine Carrée

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 40 x 0.2 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch

$1,007

Human body

'I wanted to conquer the world. But I also desperately wanted to understand human nature, and to know what was inside our bodies. To do this, I have spent whole night dissecting bodies, against the direct orders of the Pope. Nothing disgusts me. What I am looking for, truly, in all of my work and particularly in my painting, what I have looked for all my life, is to understand the mystery that is human nature' – from the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century.


At the time of writing these notes, da Vinci had already made greater understanding of the human body the primary objective of his investigations. Dissection and study were key to his development of a holistic knowledge of anatomy, which da Vinci believed was vital to the perfect rendering of the nude figures which he painted and drew.


Little by little, the traditional image of the human figure was uprooted and in its place new ways of interpreting the body developed. Contemporary artists relentlessly questioned the traditional codes of figure drawing, liberally reworking the representation of the body to create a new image that was dislocated, geometric, deformed and disfigured.


The body as an artistic subject is at once desired, fantasised, dreamt, transformed, deformed. For painters, photographers and sculptors alike the body represents a rite of passage in their artistic development. Many people say that they most appreciate the talents of an artists by way of their control over the complexity of the figure. For example, it's clear even in Matisse's later, more abstract collages that he had perfectly mastered the human form.


Representation of the body is fundamental to Western art: first and foremost because it suggests a representation of the self, and therefore affirms the artist's own existence and coexistence with the environment that surrounds them. At the beginning of art history, the only bodies represented were the gods, supernatural beings, and spirits who had taken on human form. The body, nude or clothed, is at once one of the most widely depicted and most deeply polemical subjects in Western art (think of the scandals provoked by Courbet's 'Origins of the World', or Renoir's 'Picnic on the Grass').


The body has always been the primary subject of an array of themes, and its history is rich and ancient. Initially, depiction of the body was closely linked to religion, where the Word became flesh in Genesis, but later in more secular times the arousal of the artist when faced with the body made for an equally popular theme. Latterly the notion of the body as an object of beauty was subverted by Cubism until depictions of bodies no longer bore any resemblance to reality or made any pretence of respecting the rules of proportion.


Finally, in modern art the body has taken on an abstract shape within space, becoming one with the environment. In some instances, the body has become the artist's own support, as with Klein's models. The body as an abstract concept is tangible in many different manifestations in art, even in pieces as unassuming as some of Rothko's paintings. It remains the subject of inexhaustible inspiration and eternal debate.

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