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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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Christophe Charbonnel, Dryade, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Dryade, 2019
48 x 33 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$11,129

ChrisB, Dans sa lecture, Sculpture

ChrisB

Dans sa lecture, 2021
15 x 25 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$606

Mario Dilitz, N° 189, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

N° 189, 2021
96 x 34 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$25,968

Pablo Picasso, Madoura Ceramic Plate - Femme échevelée Ramié 509, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Madoura Ceramic Plate - Femme échevelée Ramié 509, 1963
27.3 x 27.3 x 7.6 cm
Sculpture

$25,000

Pablo Picasso, Madoura Ceramic Pitcher "Cavalier et cheval" Ramié 138, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Madoura Ceramic Pitcher "Cavalier et cheval" Ramié 138, 1952
21 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm
Sculpture

$16,500

Christine Rémy, No title, Sculpture

Christine Rémy

No title, 2015
70 x 36 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,586

Sébastien Langloÿs, Hermance, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Hermance, 2020
34 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,349

Yves Pires, L'eveil, Sculpture

Yves Pires

L'eveil, 2019
220 x 112 x 70 cm
Sculpture

$33,387

Yves Pires, Seule, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Seule, 2020
45 x 20 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$8,038

Yves Pires, Down, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Down, 2020
32 x 46 x 47 cm
Sculpture

$8,038

Yves Pires, Amanita, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Amanita, 2017
7 x 40 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$7,172

Yves Pires, Eva, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Eva, 2016
58 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$9,769

Miguel Guía, Essence Féminine bronze, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Essence Féminine bronze, 2017
66 x 38 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$1,459

Yves Pires, Harmonie, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Harmonie, 2019
39 x 31 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$9,769

Salvador Dali, Venus spatiale, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Venus spatiale, 1984
65 x 35.5 x 32.5 cm
Sculpture

$69,445

Miguel Guía, Essence Masculin bronze, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Essence Masculin bronze, 2018
70 x 47 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,459

Miguel Guía, Essence Féminine niquel, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Essence Féminine niquel, 2017
66 x 38 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$1,459

Miguel Guía, Le penseur Rodin comme excuse Nickel, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Le penseur Rodin comme excuse Nickel, 2019
32 x 14 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$1,162

Miguel Guía, Le penseur Rodin comme excuse Rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Le penseur Rodin comme excuse Rouge, 2018
32 x 14 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$1,162

Félix Hemme, 641 On the beach, Sculpture

Félix Hemme

641 On the beach, 2021
26 x 12 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,226

Salvador Dali, Alice, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Alice, 1984
52 x 41.5 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$54,458

Joëlle Laboue, Danse, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Danse, 2020
43 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$690 $767

Joëlle Laboue, Les justines, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Les justines, 2021
46 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,014

César Orrico, Viento, Sculpture

César Orrico

Viento, 2019
31 x 9 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$4,699

Anke Birnie, Looking at the Stars, Sculpture

Anke Birnie

Looking at the Stars, 2021
51 x 24 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$7,056

Krikor Avessian, Five second and eighty one milliseconds, Sculpture

Krikor Avessian

Five second and eighty one milliseconds, 2019
60 x 32 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$3,350

Krikor Avessian, One second and seventy six milliseconds, Sculpture

Krikor Avessian

One second and seventy six milliseconds, 2019
81.7 x 41.5 x 36 cm
Sculpture

$1,750

César Orrico, Icaro, Sculpture

César Orrico

Icaro, 2017
34 x 20 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$3,710

César Orrico, Sanfermin, Sculpture

César Orrico

Sanfermin, 2018
16 x 22 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,710

Salvador Dali, Le piano surréaliste, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Le piano surréaliste, 1984
60 x 38.5 x 23.5 cm
Sculpture

$52,529

Salvador Dali, Venus aux tiroirs, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Venus aux tiroirs, 1964
36 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$37,097

Salvador Dali, Noblesse du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Noblesse du temps, 1984
60 x 38 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$44,961

Salvador Dali, Hommage à Newton, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Hommage à Newton, 1980
35 x 16 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$18,771

Salvador Dali, Adam et Eve, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Adam et Eve, 1984
52 x 41.5 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$48,671

Manuel Carbonell, Couple in Love, Sculpture

Manuel Carbonell

Couple in Love, 1992
121.9 x 35.6 x 30.5 cm
Sculpture

$175,000

ChrisB, La femme à l'oiseau, Sculpture

ChrisB

La femme à l'oiseau, 2021
44 x 16 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$606

ChrisB, Ethereee, Sculpture

ChrisB

Ethereee, 2021
50 x 10 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$545 $606

ChrisB, Aleonor, Sculpture

ChrisB

Aleonor, 2021
50 x 12 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$606

ChrisB, Youpi, Sculpture

ChrisB

Youpi, 2021
42 x 16 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$606

ChrisB, Il fait beau, Sculpture

ChrisB

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

$545 $606

Salvador Dali, Lady Godiva aux papillons, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Lady Godiva aux papillons, 1984
51 x 41.5 x 23.5 cm
Sculpture

$41,252

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Saint George et le Dragon, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Saint George et le Dragon, 1984
46 x 45 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$43,032

Salvador Dali, Newton surréaliste, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Newton surréaliste, 1984
49 x 24 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$41,252

Salvador Dali, L'Homme Oiseau, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

L'Homme Oiseau, 1981
27 x 7 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$15,061

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Hommage à Terpsichore, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Hommage à Terpsichore, 1984
70.5 x 44 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$50,674

Salvador Dali, Hommage à la mode, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Hommage à la mode, 1984
51 x 27 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$33,832

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Femme en flammes, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Femme en flammes, 1980
84 x 29 x 23.5 cm
Sculpture

$50,674

Angélina Maia, Jia, Sculpture

Angélina Maia

Jia, 2019
60 x 40 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$4,328

Angélina Maia, Yang, Sculpture

Angélina Maia

Yang, 2019
58 x 40 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,957

Angélina Maia, Lola, Sculpture

Angélina Maia

Lola, 2019
46 x 40 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$3,586

Angélina Maia, Yin, Sculpture

Angélina Maia

Yin, 2019
58 x 40 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,957

Salvador Dali, Minotaure, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Minotaure, 1981
47 x 25 x 15 cm
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Valerie Marty, TIA, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

TIA, 2018
78 x 20 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$1,917

Pierrette Dijonneau, Sur une jambe, Sculpture

Pierrette Dijonneau

Sur une jambe, 2021
38 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$853

Our recommendations William Sweetlove, Cloned Golf-girl with turtles & Cloned golfball with crocodiles, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Golf-girl with turtles & Cloned golfball with crocodiles, 2011
400 x 180 x 180 cm
Sculpture

$148,387

Valerie Marty, Anfitriona, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Anfitriona, 2019
131 x 23 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$4,699

Valerie Marty, Esperanza, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Esperanza, 2018
55 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$1,731

Valérie Hadida, Éternel Amour, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Éternel Amour, 2021
83 x 33 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$14,839

Philippe Buil, Pavarti So Gold, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Pavarti So Gold, 2020
38 x 22 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,968 $3,710

Philippe Buil, Belisama Epine, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Belisama Epine, 2018
50 x 41 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,628 $3,091

Philippe Buil, Belisama Vanda, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Belisama Vanda, 2019
52 x 38 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,628 $3,091

Philippe Buil, Kouros - Doppelgänger, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Kouros - Doppelgänger, 2014
66 x 56 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$2,943 $3,462

Philippe Buil, Belisama Golden Dawn, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Belisama Golden Dawn, 2015
53 x 42 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$20,774 $25,968

Philippe Buil, Pavarti Calligraphie violette I, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Pavarti Calligraphie violette I, 2019
36 x 26 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,051 $1,237

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