This is a Bronze Sculpture of a Nude Male Torso Study/Fragment.
This modern day work combines this classical style with the refinement and evolution of sculpture technique over the last 200 years. This realistic male body sculpture is one of a pair of nude fragments by Karl Deen Sanders; one male and the other female.
In a culture where men are poised as violent and warlike, Karl imposes a new definition of manliness with this bronze nude. Here, man is the giver of affection and offers his tenderness. This strikingly sensual male nude torso is reminiscent of the torsos popularized in 19th century Europe. Perhaps the most well-known sculptor of this style was Auguste Rodin, a pioneer in his promotion of the sculptural fragment as a complete and independent work of art.
With the pair together, the woman is permitted to receive the masculine grace that she has been starved for. Blessed by consensual ecstasy, these bodies are bound to each other as a statement of intimacy, romance, and sensuality.
Karl’s proficiency and realistic style, combined with the silkiness of figures, accentuated by detailed bronze casting poses Karl Deen Sanders as a master. Although the style is all his own, inspired by ballet dancers and movement rather than a simple effort at nude contrapposto, some would consider him a modern-day, American Rodin.