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Animal Sculpture

Animal sculpture is a sculptural style in its own right. This specific genre deserves the same recognition as nude, marble, bronze and resin sculptures.

The representation of animals and anthropomorphism has long been a source of inspiration for sculptural creations and yet it was once considered a minor genre in Western European decorative arts. Ironically, animal sculpture was of the utmost importance to Ancient civilizations. Countless ancient Egyptian buildings for example were adorned with grandiose representations of felines and Sphinxes. More generally within the visual arts, animals were rarely represented in their own right, and were often depicted accompanying or symbolizing mythological figures or even character traits.

Aside from its mythical representations, animal sculptures were also popular with suzerain states who used monumental bronze sculptures of lions or eagles to symbolise the immensity of their power.

However, it wasn't until 1831 that the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye finally established animal sculpture as a noble art, thanks to his work "Tiger devouring a Gavial Crocodile" at the Salon de Paris. It was no longer fashionable to depict animals as unreal, mythological creatures in the decorative arts and instead naturalism and realistic representations of animals characterized the sculpture of the period. Ideas about nature's wealth and abundance meant that all creatures deserved to be carefully and meticulously recreated in the closest likeness possible. Mythical animal interpretations were left behind and artists concentrated on capturing the finer details of an animal's fur, muscles or mouth.

A new wave of renowned sculptors emerged. Pierre-Jules Mêne, Antoine Aigon and Jean Germain Demay are just a few examples of some of these pioneering artists. Particularly interested in 'exotic' species (snakes, gazelles, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses…), they all explored representing the natural world in a variety of different ways.

In the 20th century, realist tendencies gradually faded away and a new group of creative minds began to experiment with animal sculpture as part of the shift towards modern sculpture.

Numerous artists tried their hand at animal sculpture whilst applying new aesthetic criteria which was largely influenced by modern and contemporary art movements: Abstract art, Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism. Guided by key surrealist influences, which could not have been further removed from the traditional styles of the past century, a new bestiary was created. Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti were among the key figures who helped to reinvent the way artists endeavored to sculpt animals.

In contemporary animal sculpture, radically redefining artistic techniques and the way we represent living beings has taken precedence over realistic proportion sizes and lifelike features. Artists no longer refrain from accentuating a particular body part, removing a limb for example or creating an entirely new hybrid beast. However, many artists are also skilled at creating hyper-realistic animals that seem so real they almost appear to be alive.

To help you get an idea of the latest animal sculptures, take a look at Artsper's collection of sculpted animals, selected from some of the best contemporary art galleries and made by artists including Jaques Dufrane, Raymundo Fabian Melchor and Roxana y Jesus Hernandez.

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Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Buffle, Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Buffle, 2022 15 x 26 x 11 cm Sculpture

$1,037

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, Walk with Friend, no V/VIII, Sculpture

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Walk with Friend, no V/VIII, 2022 24 x 12 x 6 cm Sculpture

$1,244

Babette Degraeve, Bronzen Knuffel VI (Stuffed animal VI), Sculpture

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Bronzen Knuffel VI (Stuffed animal VI), 2020 33 x 20 x 12 cm Sculpture

$1,234

Richard Orlinski, Crocodile crystal clear bleu, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Crocodile crystal clear bleu, 2022 25 x 70 x 27 cm Sculpture

$19,701

Philippe Geluck, Le mini Chat au journal, Sculpture

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Le mini Chat au journal, 2022 21 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,192

Hans Mendler, Berger, agneau, Sculpture

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Berger, agneau, 2021 30 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Didier Becquart, Papillon, Sculpture

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Papillon, 2016 63 x 106 x 82 cm Sculpture

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Xavier Wttrwulghe, Rhino flash, Sculpture

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Rhino flash, 2022 32 x 15 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,348

Sandrine Piani, With my bird, Sculpture

Sandrine Piani

With my bird, 2021 21 x 19 x 18 cm Sculpture

$1,296

Sumit Mehndiratta, Butterfly Park 8, Sculpture

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Butterfly Park 8, 2022 65 x 65 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,815

Helle Rask Crawford, Newborn Fowl, Sculpture

Helle Rask Crawford

Newborn Fowl, 2022 9 x 16 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,016

Jean-Claude Gaillard, Cochon Punk (Série Copains comme cochons), Sculpture

Jean-Claude Gaillard

Cochon Punk (Série Copains comme cochons), 2019 5 x 8 x 5 cm Sculpture

$467

Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt, Cavalier 3, Sculpture

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Cavalier 3, 2022 68 x 22.5 x 9 cm Sculpture

$2,074

Viktor Zuk, Yellow dragon, Sculpture

Viktor Zuk

Yellow dragon, 2022 19 x 34 x 7 cm Sculpture

$363

Jean-François Gambino, Tête de jeune Orang-Outan, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

Tête de jeune Orang-Outan, 2022 21 x 14 x 15 cm Sculpture

$3,629

Isabelle Carabantes, Eléphant (V), Sculpture

Isabelle Carabantes

Eléphant (V), 2021 26 x 18.5 x 42 cm Sculpture

$4,355

Petra Dorst, Reading Together Sky & Misty SIII, Sculpture

Petra Dorst

Reading Together Sky & Misty SIII, 2021 38 x 24 x 20 cm Sculpture

$4,096

Cyril Maccioni, Black wolf-fire impact, Sculpture

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Black wolf-fire impact, 2022 30 x 14.5 x 19 cm Sculpture

$2,696

Ventsislav Markov, Forward, Sculpture

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Forward, 2022 16 x 14 x 8 cm Sculpture

$726

Thierry Benenati, Elephant-roses, Sculpture

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Elephant-roses, 2015 52 x 77 x 40 cm Sculpture

$35,254

Helena Troyanskaya, White Horse, Sculpture

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White Horse, 2022 33 x 22 x 12.5 cm Sculpture

$738

Bastien Bonhomme, Nérée, Sculpture

Bastien Bonhomme

Nérée, 2022 32 x 11 x 9 cm Sculpture

$2,800

Lucie Linder, Poulpe, Sculpture

Lucie Linder

Poulpe, 2016 30 x 50 x 13 cm Sculpture

$1,244

Ghost Art, The abstract eagle, Sculpture

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The abstract eagle, 2022 190 x 85 x 77 cm Sculpture

$20,219

Tobia Ravà, 1560 Lupo Grigio, Sculpture

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1560 Lupo Grigio, 2022 68 x 45 x 26 cm Sculpture

$34,155

Olivier Bertrand, Démarche féline, Sculpture

Olivier Bertrand

Démarche féline, 2021 35 x 65 x 20 cm Sculpture

$6,014

Alain Quercia, Cheval sur un banc, Sculpture

Alain Quercia

Cheval sur un banc, 2019 22 x 18 x 9 cm Sculpture

$6,221

Gaël Rouxeville, L'air marin, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

L'air marin, 2019 45 x 22 x 18 cm Sculpture

$1,296

Mr Live, Croco Ferrari, Sculpture

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Croco Ferrari, 2022 24 x 133 x 78 cm Sculpture

$2,592

Chanoir, Cha Basketteur, Sculpture

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Cha Basketteur, 2021 80 x 80 x 3 cm Sculpture

$4,821

DOC (Desire Obtain Cherish), We are known by the company we keep -Blue, Sculpture

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We are known by the company we keep -Blue, 2014 45.7 x 41.9 x 35.6 cm Sculpture

$24,800

Hassan Laamirat, Cerf en métal recyclé, Sculpture

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Cerf en métal recyclé, 2022 245 x 140 x 215 cm Sculpture

$4,303

Noël Granger, Meuh Graffitis !, Sculpture

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Meuh Graffitis !, 2022 18.5 x 27 x 10 cm Sculpture

$301

Clemyart, Bruits sous l'océan, Sculpture

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Bruits sous l'océan, 2022 17 x 18 x 18 cm Sculpture

$207

Fred Meurice, Gorille of the jungle, Sculpture

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Gorille of the jungle, 2022 21 x 14 x 7 cm Sculpture

$664

Pascal Chesneau, La girafe, Sculpture

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La girafe, 2022 86 x 110 x 20 cm Sculpture

$7,154

MrHope, Toy pink, Sculpture

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Toy pink, 2022 18 x 13 x 10 cm Sculpture

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Valerie Marty, Piafs poprock L, Sculpture

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Piafs poprock L, 2022 32 x 15 x 20 cm Sculpture

$1,296

Elvire Ménétrier, Drooling, Sculpture

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Drooling, 2021 18 x 10 x 5 cm Sculpture

$622

Benjamin Pietri, Playboy Lips, Sculpture

Benjamin Pietri

Playboy Lips, 2022 26 x 19.5 x 5.5 cm Sculpture

$332

Art By Son, F$N1X II, Sculpture

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F$N1X II, 2022 180 x 70 x 60 cm Sculpture

$20,219

Nouna, Pop birds peace & love orange, Sculpture

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Pop birds peace & love orange, 2022 27 x 21 x 7 cm Sculpture

$2,800

Christophe Comerro, Vegas Bulldog Chanel CC, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Vegas Bulldog Chanel CC, 2020 40 x 32 x 50 cm Sculpture

$1,224

Priscilla Vettese, Freedom Elephant, Sculpture

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Freedom Elephant, 2022 14 x 18 x 6 cm Sculpture

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Fratz & Gio, Pitchou cute puple rain, Sculpture

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Pitchou cute puple rain, 2022 47 x 25 x 50 cm Sculpture

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Jean Amiel, Pélican au petit bec, Sculpture

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Pélican au petit bec, 2016 24 x 17 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Our recommendations Javier de la Rosa, Dardo I green, Sculpture

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Dardo I green, 2018 150 x 20 x 20 cm Sculpture

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Art Kristin, Gucci Brick Doggy Red and Green, Sculpture

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Gucci Brick Doggy Red and Green, 2022 36 x 20 x 12 cm Sculpture

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Adeline Weber Guibal, Licorne, Sculpture

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Licorne, 2022 21 x 25 x 7.5 cm Sculpture

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Valerian Sioridzé, Éléphant de Namibie, Sculpture

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Éléphant de Namibie, 2020 29 x 39 x 15 cm Sculpture

$1,452

Jim Budish, Stargazer, Sculpture

Jim Budish

Stargazer, 2020 99.06 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm Sculpture

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Our recommendations Philippe Berry, Equilibre d'Eléphants, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Equilibre d'Eléphants, 2011 62 x 16 x 16 cm Sculpture

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Our recommendations Patrick Villas, Tête de lion III, Sculpture

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Tête de lion III, 2019 63 x 42 x 45 cm Sculpture

$18,664

Our recommendations Yves Celaire, Ours étoilé, Sculpture

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Ours étoilé, 2020 31 x 20 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Our recommendations Yoann Merienne, Corbeau II, Sculpture

Yoann Merienne

Corbeau II, 2020 49.5 x 62 x 31 cm Sculpture

$10,369

William Sweetlove, Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, 2011 47 x 50 x 20 cm Sculpture

$6,740

Cévé, Oscaril 2/8, Sculpture

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Oscaril 2/8, 2019 7 x 16 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,348

Vassil, Ruade, Sculpture

Vassil

Ruade, 2011 22 x 33 x 15 cm Sculpture

$4,044

Thierry Dehais, Grand chien, Sculpture

Thierry Dehais

Grand chien, 2007 31 x 51 x 11 cm Sculpture

$1,659

Pierre Ilhat, Petit chat, Sculpture

Pierre Ilhat

Petit chat, 2019 10 x 14 x 10 cm Sculpture

$933

Art'Mony, Bouledogue qui lève la patte, Sculpture

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Bouledogue qui lève la patte, 2022 58 x 40 x 30 cm Sculpture

$1,373

Tegan Pick, Pomme d'Eve, Sculpture

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Pomme d'Eve, 2021 9.5 x 11 x 10 cm Sculpture

$1,141

Saône De Stalh, Thal, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Thal, 2017 36 x 38 x 20 cm Sculpture

$1,659

Sophie Larroche, Tête noire, Sculpture

Sophie Larroche

Tête noire, 2019 42 x 16 x 16 cm Sculpture

$1,296

Julio Alonso Yañez, El tigre y las cabras con instrumento y espejo / le tigre et les chevres avec instrument et miroir, Sculpture

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El tigre y las cabras con instrumento y espejo / le tigre et les chevres avec instrument et miroir, 2020 60 x 23 x 3.5 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Danielle Le Bricquir, Le petit prince et le renard, Sculpture

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Le petit prince et le renard, 2021 36 x 40 x 5 cm Sculpture

$1,866

Our recommendations Christine Guillemin, Arabian Panther, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Jenny Jacottet, Impulsion, Sculpture

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Impulsion, 2018 35 x 22 x 12 cm Sculpture

$2,074

Florence Jacquesson, Bouledogue Anglais, Sculpture

Florence Jacquesson

Bouledogue Anglais, 2020 17 x 16 x 14 cm Sculpture

$4,666

Nona Gabrielyan, Centaur, Sculpture

Nona Gabrielyan

Centaur, 2005 16 x 16 x 8 cm Sculpture

$1,763

Thierry Lefevre-Grave, Matadore, Sculpture

Thierry Lefevre-Grave

Matadore, 1994 19 x 10 x 14 cm Sculpture

$1,763

Jonty Hurwitz, Oblique Horse, Sculpture

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Oblique Horse, 2020 44.95 x 151.11 x 15.24 cm Sculpture

Price upon request

Our recommendations Richard Texier, Angel Bear - 24K Gold Plated, Sculpture

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