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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, Oros II, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Oros II, 2020
31 x 19 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$10,037

YJonathan DARMON, Passion, Sculpture

YJonathan DARMON

Passion, 2000
30 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,248

Robert Combas, Boule Erotique, Sculpture

Robert Combas

Boule Erotique, 2020
17 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$12,232

Christophe Charbonnel, Asclépios, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Asclépios, 2019
177 x 80 x 80 cm
Sculpture

$112,911

Linde Ergo, Totale vergave (Total surrender), Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Totale vergave (Total surrender), 2015
18 x 26 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,701

Linde Ergo, Overgave (Surrender), Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Overgave (Surrender), 2015
20 x 27 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$3,701

Luo Li Rong, Douce muse, Sculpture

Luo Li Rong

Douce muse, 2020
56 x 23 x 23 cm
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Marc Petit, La pieta, Sculpture

Marc Petit

La pieta, 1998
46 x 25 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$8,155

Florence Sartori, Big Odalisque, Sculpture

Florence Sartori

Big Odalisque, 2018
110 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$4,015

Mirogi, Luna, Sculpture

Mirogi

Luna, 2020
53 x 38 x 32 cm
Sculpture

$17,564

Mirogi, Touch, Sculpture

Mirogi

Touch, 2021
78 x 33 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$20,700

Marc Petit, L'ingénue, Sculpture

Marc Petit

L'ingénue, 2018
26 x 15 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$4,767

Marc Petit, Le cavalier, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le cavalier, 2018
38.5 x 18.5 x 37 cm
Sculpture

$6,273

Yohan PLU, Claire, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Claire, 2021
37 x 18 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$401

Yohan PLU, Katia, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Katia, 2021
51 x 34 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$878

Yohan PLU, Ana, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Ana, 2021
54 x 36 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$1,004

Alain Olivieri, Carpe Diem, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Carpe Diem, 2020
20 x 10 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$602

Chantal de Sutter, Gabrielle, Sculpture

Chantal de Sutter

Gabrielle, 2021
101 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Yohan PLU, Buste XL rouge, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Buste XL rouge, 2021
55 x 36 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,066

Yohan PLU, Petit Buste Rouge, Sans titre, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Petit Buste Rouge, Sans titre, 2021
35 x 28 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$502

Yohan PLU, Petit Buste Bleu, Sans titre, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Petit Buste Bleu, Sans titre, 2021
35 x 28 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$502

Yohan PLU, Buste Noir, sans titre, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Buste Noir, sans titre, 2021
55 x 36 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,066

Volodymyr Odrekhivskyy, Inspiration, Sculpture

Volodymyr Odrekhivskyy

Inspiration, 2006
43 x 7 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$3,136

Pencho Dobrev, Inspiration, Sculpture

Pencho Dobrev

Inspiration, 2017
41 x 17 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$5,269

Oleg Kapustyak, Descendant of heroes, Sculpture

Oleg Kapustyak

Descendant of heroes, 2013
16 x 8 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,882

Guy Call, Maternité Motherhood, Sculpture

Guy Call

Maternité Motherhood, 1988
16 x 15 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$3,701

Olga Timganova, Mother of all Manking, Sculpture

Olga Timganova

Mother of all Manking, 2021
120 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$14,427

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 58 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 58 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
5 x 10 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 49 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 49 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
3 x 6 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 53 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 53 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
8 x 6 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 52 Original n° EA I/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 52 Original n° EA I/IV, 2020
2.5 x 10.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 50 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 50 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 49 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 49 Original n° 8/8, 2020
3 x 6 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 49 Original n° 4/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 49 Original n° 4/8, 2020
3 x 6 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 45 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 45 Original n° 8/8, 2020
3 x 11 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 43 Original n° 4/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 43 Original n° 4/8, 2020
4 x 4 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 42 Original n°8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 42 Original n°8/8, 2020
7 x 5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 59 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 59 Original n° 8/8, 2020
9 x 4 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 58 Original n° EA I/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 58 Original n° EA I/IV, 2020
5 x 10 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 57 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 57 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
8.5 x 3 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 56 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 56 Original n° 8/8, 2020
4.5 x 10 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 55 Original n° EA I/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 55 Original n° EA I/IV, 2020
6 x 5 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 53 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 53 Original n° 8/8, 2020
8 x 6 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 52 Original n° 5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 52 Original n° 5/8, 2020
2.5 x 10.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 51 Original n° 4/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 51 Original n° 4/8, 2020
8 x 7 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 50 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 50 Original n° 8/8, 2020
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 49 Original n° 5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 49 Original n° 5/8, 2020
3 x 6 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 45 Original n° 4/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 45 Original n° 4/8, 2020
3 x 11 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 43 Original n° 5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 43 Original n° 5/8, 2020
4 x 4 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 42 Original n° EA I/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 42 Original n° EA I/IV, 2020
7 x 5 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 41 Original n° 8/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 41 Original n° 8/8, 2020
7.5 x 4 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 49 Original n° 3/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 49 Original n° 3/8, 2020
3 x 6 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 47 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 47 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
8 x 3 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 46 Original n° 4/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 46 Original n° 4/8, 2020
8 x 4 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 45 Original n° 5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 45 Original n° 5/8, 2020
3 x 11 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 43 Original n°2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 43 Original n°2/8, 2020
4 x 4 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 42 Original n° EA II/IV, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 42 Original n° EA II/IV, 2020
7 x 5 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 41 Original n° 5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 41 Original n° 5/8, 2020
8 x 4.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 59 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 59 Original n° 2/8, 2020
9 x 4 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 58 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 58 Original n° 2/8, 2020
5 x 10 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 57 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 57 Original n° 2/8, 2020
8.5 x 3 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 55 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 55 Original n° 2/8, 2020
6 x 5 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 54 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 54 Original n° 2/8, 2020
8 x 7 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$439

Sébastien Langloÿs, JoŸau 53 Original n° 2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

JoŸau 53 Original n° 2/8, 2020
8 x 6 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$439

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