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Wood Sculpture

Wood and stone were the some of the first materials carved by humans to make tools. Although wood was very commonly used, only few objects survived through the centuries as its decomposes faster and can be destroyed more easily than bronze or stone for example.

Between 700 and 900, most woodcarvers lived in monasteries. Travelling from monastery to monastery, these carvers were few and far between. The was a relatively prescriptive style and many remaining sculpturesfrom this period are quite similar. This era was marked by the constraints of iconoclasm: many religious objects made of wood were destroyed because of the condemnation of representation of religious subjects.

Many sculptures have also been found in England and Scandinavian countries. Wood is also widely used in Africa to create masks, small statues and objects, as well as in India and by aboriginal artists in Australia.

In Europe, it was in the 15th and 16th centuries that wooden sculpture became highly developed, especially in Germany. This was thanks to Gothic sculptors such as Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoss, Michael Pacher, Gregor Erhart and Jorg Zurn who pushed the medium to its limits, creating astonishingly detailed works.

Woodcarving reappeared in the 17th century in England as Baroque ornaments grew in popularity. Master Grinling Gibbons's was a leading artist of the time and one of the few woodcarvers to be widely recognised in his homeland. In France, Rococo brought woodcarving back into fashion, with designers such as Lelange, Foliot and Cressent, who focused on creating furniture.

Several modern artists also used wood, notably Brancusi, who was influenced by the classical tradition which emphasised the finish and materiality of the wood. Henry Moore preferred using this valuable material to create his abstract and evocative shapes, while Barbara Hepworth created incredibly modern works of art and Paul Gauguin used wood to reconnect with and learn from primitive techniques...

Wood is very different from other materials, such as resin or bronze, as it is quite fragile and requires a wide range of tools.The technique to be used differs according to the desired shape because the sculpture can take the form of a low-relief or be carved in the round (a sculpture on base that the viewer can walk around). One must first source planks of wood, flattened, dried and calibrated. Next a sketch of the sculpture is drawn onto the support, the bulk of the wood is then removed and the object is shaped more carefully using u-gouges to remove as much excess material. Next the finer details as well as shadow play are added using a range of tools including flat gouges, chisels, and carving knives.

Artsper features a wide selection of modern wooden sculptures byNando Stevoli, Gaspard Mitz, César Orrico, Marc Laffolay, Lesley Hilling or Valérie Carmet.

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Hersk, Something to Suck 362, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 362, 2021
62 x 25 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$788

Emmanuel Bour, Des idées carrées, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Des idées carrées, 2021
50 x 17 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,908

Betsy Enzensberger, Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, 2021
18 x 7.62 x 7.62 cm
Sculpture

$479

Ed Templeton, Copper Head, Sculpture

Ed Templeton

Copper Head, 2005
45.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$15,751

Thierry Corpet, Big Totem I, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Big Totem I, 2021
165 x 35 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$2,060

Tarek, Custom lettre A, Sculpture

Tarek

Custom lettre A, 2015
23 x 22 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$257

Jordi Comas, Delest, Sculpture

Jordi Comas

Delest, 2021
21 x 44 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,151

Claire Mahey & Pierre-David Abt, Les Banians Roses, Sculpture

Claire Mahey & Pierre-David Abt

Les Banians Roses, 2020
31 x 46 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$509

Adéle du Plessis, Painted Ammonite in resin, Sculpture

Adéle du Plessis

Painted Ammonite in resin, 2021
10 x 10 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$303

Russell Frampton, Nusakan Plan, Sculpture

Russell Frampton

Nusakan Plan, 2021
85 x 85 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$5,103

Natalie Laudon, Western comics, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Western comics, 2021
95 x 56 x 56 cm
Sculpture

$13,933

Tal Sharvit, Paint tube - standing sculpture, Sculpture

Tal Sharvit

Paint tube - standing sculpture, 2020
81.3 x 34.3 x 27.9 cm
Sculpture

$5,000

Gyongy Laky, Traverser, Sculpture

Gyongy Laky

Traverser, 2016
55.9 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm
Sculpture

$34,000

C215, Kid, Sculpture

C215

Kid, 2019
67 x 27 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,241

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
37 x 30 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,060

Lis Sam, King of roses, Sculpture

Lis Sam

King of roses, 2020
30 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,369

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

Chants d’oiseaux, 1992
54 x 68 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$10,299

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2021
38 x 29 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,393

Philarthrop, Condensed Love, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Condensed Love, 2020
22 x 22 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$424

Gregos, Silver Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Silver Mask, 2018
30 x 30 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$666

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Rapide, Sculpture

André Robillard

Pistolet USA Rapide, 2015
25 x 18 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,939

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #3.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #3.3, 2018
104 x 62 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$11,510

Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Bisous Chanel balloon, 2020
52 x 36.5 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$632 $703

Kokimoto, Seagull, Sculpture

Kokimoto

Seagull, 2019
30 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,805

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Diner with an acrobat, 2017
33 x 13 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,817

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture

Onemizer

Bart I Love Skate 2, 2020
81.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,926

Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture

Shaka

Corps Noir, 2019
120 x 120 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$15,751

Christian Nesler, Pixels de Mer I, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Pixels de Mer I, 2018
38 x 38 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$909

Alberonero, Trave, Sculpture

Alberonero

Trave, 2019
24 x 82 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$2,423

Roland Masson, Fila, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Fila, 2018
45 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,030

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
45 x 285 x 74 cm
Sculpture

$109,044

Karel Appel, From the Circus series. Flower Clown, Sculpture

Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Flower Clown, 1978
100 x 120 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$45,435

Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture

Sank

Plante carnivore, 2020
63 x 30 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$2,181

Mlle Terite, Sans titre, Sculpture

Mlle Terite

Sans titre, 2018
66 x 16.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$606

Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
25 x 22 x 1.5 cm
Sculpture

$206

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,666

Thierry Martenon, N°080720 (TM72), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°080720 (TM72), 2020
114 x 51 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$9,935

Our recommendations Martina Merlini, Untitled, Sculpture

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2019
65 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$2,968

Romain Langlois, Attraction de l'espace II, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Attraction de l'espace II, 2018
50 x 63 x 45 cm
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Arsen, Souriceau, Sculpture

Arsen

Souriceau, 2021
23 x 10 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$666

Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
50.8 x 20.4 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,423

Daniel Tostivint, Sans titre, Sculpture

Daniel Tostivint

Sans titre, 2019
40 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$473

Vladimir Michev, Pods, Sculpture

Vladimir Michev

Pods, 2017
170 x 80 x 60 cm
Sculpture

$1,515

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
17 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$909

Mario Dilitz, 151, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

151, 2015
92 x 48 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$29,684

Michele Cossyro, White Cosmic Folds, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

White Cosmic Folds, 2017
43 x 46 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$3,392

Oliver Ney, Coca Cola, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Coca Cola, 2020
106 x 80 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,835 $3,150

Thierry Mesquita, Ceci n'est pas une chaise, Sculpture

Thierry Mesquita

Ceci n'est pas une chaise, 2018
85 x 45 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$2,181

Grégoire Lavigne, Pilotis 2, Sculpture

Grégoire Lavigne

Pilotis 2, 2020
11 x 55 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$1,151

Benjamin Affagard aka Come, Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', Sculpture

Benjamin Affagard aka Come

Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', 2019
38 x 37 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,817

Fabienne Blas, Drôle de Chèvre, Sculpture

Fabienne Blas

Drôle de Chèvre, 2019
50 x 50 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,696

Alexandre Ferrand, C.D Silk Skate, Sculpture

Alexandre Ferrand

C.D Silk Skate, 2021
80 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$909

Alain Derda, Cormoran, Sculpture

Alain Derda

Cormoran, 2019
85 x 30 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$2,423

Théo Drucker, Water, Sculpture

Théo Drucker

Water, 2020
80 x 140 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,423

Stefan Ivanov, Situation III from the Project Placebo, Sculpture

Stefan Ivanov

Situation III from the Project Placebo, 2016
105 x 38 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$6,421

Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
22.5 x 8.7 x 0.2 cm
Sculpture

$6,058

Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
127.5 x 52 x 52 cm
Sculpture

$15,387

Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
57 x 30 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$666

Marianne Cresson, Tissus associatif, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Tissus associatif, 2011
135 x 50 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,939

Wilds, Tectonic plates I, Sculpture

Wilds

Tectonic plates I, 2015
110 x 120 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$14,479

Nino Franchina, Composition with Nails, Sculpture

Nino Franchina

Composition with Nails, 1970
47 x 8 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$3,514

Thomas Danel, TD05, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD05, 2018
59 x 59 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,666

Barbara Debard, Boite à Malice - La Balancoire, Sculpture

Barbara Debard

Boite à Malice - La Balancoire, 2007
47 x 35 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,212

Oneartist, Tricky Town, the collapsed city, Sculpture

Oneartist

Tricky Town, the collapsed city, 2020
15 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$957

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