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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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Sébastien Langloÿs, VoŸage, Venise, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

VoŸage, Venise, 2018
14.2 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch


Mario Henrique, Materia No. 1, Series V, Painting

Mario Henrique

Materia No. 1, Series V, 2021
74.8 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


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

Stéphane Dugied

Sans titre - série corps de femme au chapeau, 2021
33.5 x 19.7 x 3.1 inch


Thomas Dellert, Black Christ ( an Anti Rasist comment to the current situation in America ), Print

Thomas Dellert

Black Christ ( an Anti Rasist comment to the current situation in America ), 2021
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Anne-Marie Renno, Anamorphose - série corps humain, Painting

Anne-Marie Renno

Anamorphose - série corps humain, 2006
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


Jan Dobkowski, Pranskter, Print

Jan Dobkowski

Pranskter, 2020
11.8 x 8.7 inch


Helio Bray, Infinity Golden edition, Print

Helio Bray

Infinity Golden edition, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch


Alain Bécanne, Peinture 09-2020-93, Painting

Alain Bécanne

Peinture 09-2020-93, 2020
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.8 inch


Our recommendations Levalet, Vase, Sculpture


Vase, 2017
16.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Samsofy, Chuck, Photography


Chuck, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Jan Kaláb, Grey Splash, Painting

Jan Kaláb

Grey Splash, 2019
35 x 87 inch


Julien Calot, La forêt, Painting

Julien Calot

La forêt, 2016
78.7 x 59.1 inch


Mario Dilitz, 185, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

185, 2020
35.4 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch


Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme Rouge, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme Rouge, 2020
27.6 x 21.3 x 4.3 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Sun Hyuk Kim, The Definition of wisdom 2, Painting

Sun Hyuk Kim

The Definition of wisdom 2, 2018
44.1 x 76 x 1.4 inch


Valérie Betoulaud, Femme au Turban, Painting

Valérie Betoulaud

Femme au Turban, 1998
47.2 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch


Stew, Sans titre, Painting


Sans titre, 2019
27.6 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Hellen Halftermeyer, BlueMm, Painting

Hellen Halftermeyer

BlueMm, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch


André Robillard, L'océan pacifique indien, Fine Art Drawings

André Robillard

L'océan pacifique indien, 2015
7.9 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture


Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch


Our recommendations Gérard Schlosser, Presque vide, Painting

Gérard Schlosser

Presque vide, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1 inch


Sonia Alins, Hacia el Fondo del Mar, Print

Sonia Alins

Hacia el Fondo del Mar, 2020
19.5 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch

$283 $314

Sonia Alins, Emerging, Painting

Sonia Alins

Emerging, 2019
34.3 x 20.5 x 1.6 inch


Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

Muse of the Music, 1980
9.4 x 2.3 x 0 inch


Charles Lapicque, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Charles Lapicque

Sans titre, 1966
11.7 x 8.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Aurélie Sarramon, Sans titre 12, Photography

Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 12, 2016
14.2 x 9.4 inch


Joëlle Acoulon, 24 février 2018, Photography

Joëlle Acoulon

24 février 2018, 2018
23.6 x 27.6 inch


Gary Storck, The Japanese Girl, Painting

Gary Storck

The Japanese Girl, 2017
31.9 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


Nathalie Roux, Shopping, Photography

Nathalie Roux

Shopping, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Ciane Xavier, When Everything Stops, Sculpture

Ciane Xavier

When Everything Stops, 2020
20 x 50 x 15 inch


Kyliss, Sans titre 4.4.2, Fine Art Drawings


Sans titre 4.4.2, 2017
51.2 x 38.2 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Bruno Fournier, Sans titre 3, Photography

Bruno Fournier

Sans titre 3, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Philfri, - Rodeo 2, Painting


- Rodeo 2, 2017
36.2 x 25.6 x 1 inch


Polo 51.67, L'abeille des papes, Painting

Polo 51.67

L'abeille des papes, 2018
39.4 x 59.1 inch


Virginie Soubeiroux, Homeostasis, Photography

Virginie Soubeiroux

Homeostasis, 2017
70.9 x 39.4 inch


Seb Janiak, Gravity liquid 58 (Large), Photography

Seb Janiak

Gravity liquid 58 (Large), 2015
63 x 49.4 inch


Yaya Herman Dune, Dalävlen, Print

Yaya Herman Dune

Dalävlen, 2010
22.4 x 28 x 0.4 inch


Rik Van de Walle, What's on your mind, Painting

Rik Van de Walle

What's on your mind, 2017
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Henry Maurice, Untitled, Print

Henry Maurice

Untitled, 1973
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


ODN, BB by ODN, Painting


BB by ODN, 2019
53.1 x 43.3 x 0.8 inch


Haude Bernabé, Polymorphismes IV, Fine Art Drawings

Haude Bernabé

Polymorphismes IV, 2018
29.9 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Alexandre Mijatovic, Comment pleurent les hommes, Sculpture

Alexandre Mijatovic

Comment pleurent les hommes, 2017
19.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Eugenia Jaeger, Art laboratory #2, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Art laboratory #2, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Enrico Baj, I Generali (The Generals), Print

Enrico Baj

I Generali (The Generals), 1974
21.9 x 29.7 x 0 inch


Stan Manoukian, ARDUINNA, Print

Stan Manoukian

27.6 x 19.7 inch


Franta, Tête, Painting


Tête, 2014
21.7 x 18.1 inch


Bert Stern, Marilyn in Vogue (1962), Photography

Bert Stern

Marilyn in Vogue (1962), 2011
18.9 x 13 x 0.4 inch


Claude Lévêque, Golden World, Print

Claude Lévêque

Golden World, 2018
29.5 x 41.3 inch


Our recommendations Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Pulmo marinus 3, Print

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Pulmo marinus 3, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


Jacques Doucet, Jabadao, Painting

Jacques Doucet

Jabadao, 1987
76.4 x 51.2 inch


Antoine Néron-Bancel, L'oie des villes, Fine Art Drawings

Antoine Néron-Bancel

L'oie des villes, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Ugo Rambaldi, Girl, Print

Ugo Rambaldi

Girl, 1970
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Leonardo Castellani, Seafood, Print

Leonardo Castellani

Seafood, 1943
27.2 x 19.3 x 0 inch


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Dan Barichasse

L'éternel éphémère, 2004
41.3 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Guillaume Couffignal, Architecture, Sculpture

Guillaume Couffignal

Architecture, 2019
20.5 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


James Coignard, Arlequin bleu, Sculpture

James Coignard

Arlequin bleu, 2005
19.7 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch


Jean-François Talivez, Power struggle, Photography

Jean-François Talivez

Power struggle, 1992
23.6 x 15.7 inch


Stéphane Dupuis, Bubble, Fine Art Drawings

Stéphane Dupuis

Bubble, 2019
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Delphine Rocher, Madame Rêve III, Painting

Delphine Rocher

Madame Rêve III, 2019
31.9 x 21.3 x 0.4 inch


Emile Dien, L'homme aux lunettes, Painting

Emile Dien

L'homme aux lunettes, 1989
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Basil Ivan Rákóczi, Sea Worm, Painting

Basil Ivan Rákóczi

Sea Worm, 1961
25.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


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Eric Bourgier

Servitude, Tome 3, Planche 31, 2011
25.6 x 18.5 inch
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