After learning the tradition of Carrier-Belleuse from his master Falguière,
Dominique Alonzo became an established sculptor in the Art Deco style during the early twentieth century, his marbles often accommodating multiple media. The present marble demonstrates Alonzo's deviation from the contemporary vogue among sculptors for eroticism and seduction, indulging instead a nostalgia after a past ideal. Alonzo’s Nude
expresses an appreciation of feminine beauty, proportion and naturalism that, through her muted energy and relaxed posture, rejects sensuality as decadent. The marble exudes confidence in the absence of drapery, apparently comfortable showcasing the classical beauty of the female form.
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1999, p. 231