10 alluring nude mosaic murals for the home spa
(4 min read) Would you like to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your home? Then it is time to add some art to your bath or home spa. There are plenty of decorative options available, but our favorite, of course, is to include a beautiful mosaic mural on a wall.
You can create a unique look and experience by using mosaic artwork in your home. The beauty of the human form lends itself well to bath, home spa, or beauty clinic settings. It adds a special touch and offers a soothing ambiance. If you want to add exquisite art to your bath or home spa, then check out our list of 10 alluring nude mosaic murals.
Early portrayals of the artistic nude often referred to Biblical stores or mythology. Between 1597 and 1600, Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) painted this image of Adam and Eve. Rubens’ paintings convey the concepts of fertility, desire, physical beauty, temptation, and virtue, as perfectly captured in this design. His images of full-figured women are widely recognized in Western art history, so much that terms such as “Rubenesque” have been coined.
Rising from the waters
Up until the late 19th century, artists like William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905) painted in a very formal, academic style that followed centuries of painting tradition. Having studied in both Italy and France, the French artist attracted a large following with his allegorical works. His work is best described as highly finished and impeccably realistic with a hint of sentimentality. Evening Mood was painted in 1882 and can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.
French Impressionist Pierre-August Renoir (1841–1919) painted Blonde Bather about a year before Bouguereau’s Evening Mood. Despite being created around the same period, both painters show two drastically different styles. Renoir’s bather, modeled after future wife Aline Charigot, is curvier. More importantly, Renoir’s rendition and use of color and texture are more raw, seemingly unpolished, and more modern. Blonde Bather highlights the Impressionist movement that would later dominate French painting at the end of the 19th century.
Three Women by Spanish artist extraordinaire Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) vaguely reminds us of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which was painted at around the same time. The former was painted from about 1907–1908, and its colors more earthy, natural, and muted. For this decorative mosaic art, the colors have become vivid and vibrant in similar tints as Les Demoiselles. See the original Three Women at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Cosimo “Mino” Lo Savio is a self-taught Italian artist whose canvases evoke Cubism. Lo Savio’s work, however, is more figurative and representational than conceptual. Painted in 1999, Nudo Di Donna Addormentata (Nude of a Sleeping Woman) features a nude figure resting on a white sheet with earthen-colored jars in the upper left corner of the zig-zagging background.
Did you enjoy Mino Lo Savo’s Nudo Di Donna Addormentata? Then you will also love this earlier piece, La Coppia (The Couple), created in 1992. It features a man placing his hands on the shoulders of a woman. The colors in this painting are a monochromatic palette of brown, taupe, hazel, and almond.
No dumb blonde
Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more daring. Blonde Nude is a mosaic mural of a woman with flaxen hair looking into the distance. Teal drapery conceals her curves, keeping the tile design tasteful.
Waiting is an on-trend mosaic tile of a sitting figure who curiously looks to the side. The design is made up of simple black lines, like a doodle or sketch quickly drawn by an artist on paper. What exactly is this female model waiting for? Is she waiting for her maid to attend to her?
Tribute to a master
Tiziano Vecellio (1488/90–1576), or Titian, as he is known in English, was a Venetian Renaissance painter. His name is often used to describe the brown-orange hair of his figures. Mosaicist Eileen McDonough, however, pays homage to the master by alluding to the reclining pose of her figure. Ode to Titian pays reference to two paintings: Dresden Venus, of which Titian painted the landscape circa 1510–1511, and Venus of Urbino, which Titian completed in 1534. Titian’s artistic composition would later inspire other iconic paintings such as Edouard Manet’s Olympia.
The Unfinished Masterpiece mosaic mural is far from unrefined and incomplete. Its curves, lines, and forms all evoke pure minimalism. In this mosaic artwork, the nude figure is subtle and discreet. Shadows are rendered as fans of sweeping slate-black lines.