Discover nude paintings for sale online at Rise Art. Our collection showcases art from some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Whether you’re searching for a monochrome painting of a reclining figure, or looking for an impasto piece ready to frame, Rise Art’s vast and ever-evolving collection of nude paintings ranges from sculptural oils to refined mixed media pieces and makes it easy for you to start collecting new art today.
Not sure where to start? Philip Tyler's paintings explore the intricacies and complexities of the human body, from the way we breath to the way we move. Focusing on the body as a whole, Tyler’s paintings respond to light and shadow through the angles and twists of the human form. Using colour to connote sensuality, and light to suggest mood, Tyler’s paintings present each figure as seemingly unaware yet beautifully composed.
Ta Byrne's paintings echo the stillness of sculptures whilst drawing on human intimacy and proximity. Byrne present the human body in a somewhat geometric way, whilst her style pays close attention to the contrast between light and shadow. Pieces such as Lovers in arms and Lovers Hugging distort the body to convey extreme intimacy and connection.
Richard Storey works with line and layering to depict motion in his nude paintings. Storey’s prolific use of line and dripping paint captures motion and creates depth. Often limiting his palette to no more than two colours, Storey focuses purely on the movement and mood of each figure he depicts.
Nude paintings portray unclothed figures, laid bare to express the fundamental form and shape of a body. The representation of a naked figure allows for an in-depth and studied response to a body, without being compromised by clothing or any other external factor.
Dating back to Ancient Greece, the portrayal of a nude figure in art was originally used to convey beauty ideals. The nude was scrupulously studied by artists, mathematicians and sculptors to present the body in its most idealised form. Often exaggerated and somewhat unrealistic, at times the representation of the nude became a projection of idealised beauty, rather than a representation of a human body.
From this point on, the depiction of the nude, particularly the female nude, has remained a prominent theme throughout the course of art. From the work of Botticelli to that of Titian, the subject of Venus often assumed the nude form, and exemplified idealised female beauty standards.
With the late nineteenth and early twentieth century came the questioning of the nude, and the repositioning of figures in nude paintings. Led by the likes of Manet and Picasso, the female nude was no longer represented as an ethereal, untouched being, and instead real women were being considered and portrayed.
Since then, the importance of the idealised nude has diminished, and the function of the nude painting has become open-ended. Whether distorted, abstracted or simplified, when a nude figure is present in a painting, it still assumes the subject matter and central focus of the piece.
Find out more in our Guide to Nude Art.