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Abstract Sculpture

The origins of abstract sculpture lie in the artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. By ceasing to use antiquity as a source of inspiration, which had previously dominated sculptural creation for centuries, Auguste Rodin led the way for modern sculpture. Although Rodin’s sculptures continued to respect the principles of classical art, his work encouraged many 20th century sculptors to break away from traditional conventions.

Rodin’s sculptures were a source of inspiration for Brancusi and his distinctive use of clean, simple lines. He later went on to pave the way for abstract sculpture.

The beginning of the 20th century was marked by several discoveries including key mathematical advances which fascinated intellectuals. At the same time, many exiled European artists arrived in Paris seeking refuge, and formed various different art movements, each one hoping to lead the way for a better world. The World Wars were fundamental in encouraging artists to detach themselves from the violence of their lived realities.

A new form of expression appeared; abstraction! Artists no longer wanted to represent reality in a figural way but explored expressing the immaterial using shapes, colour…

Cubism was responsible for introducing the use of geometric shapes to modern art. Representing real life objects as shapes from different angles allowed the artist to create completely new perspectives. Thank you Pablo Picasso! Sculpture was no longer obliged to represent reality in a literal sense as we see it before our very eyes. Sculpture became the object in its own right, embodying its very essence.

Perhaps out of necessity, Cubists imposed few limits in regards to the materials they worked with, many of which were not as ‘noble’ as those previously used in sculpture and included steel and cardboard.

Several movements were to follow, including Dadaism, Neo-Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, all of which helped to expand abstract art.

Marcel Duchamp, who had shown interest in the movement, introduced the art world to his ‘ready-mades’, establishing the idea that an artwork can be a manufactured object. In his view, it was up to the artist to decide whether something is worthy of being called a work of art or not.

Italian Futurism focused on the representation of movement and was responsible for the creation of kinetic art, in which movement is the artwork itself. One artist in particular had a profound impact on abstract sculpture and that was Thank you Alexander Calder. His famous mobiles were made of thin strips of smooth metal, tied together with strong wire. His colour palette was inspired by Piet Mondrian and he was even quoted as saying: ‘I want to make Mondrians that move.’ Jean Tinguely and Nicolas Schöffer also explored kinetic art and the use of robotics.

As art continued to deal with objects taken from daily life, artists increasingly used poorer materials or objects that had been recycled.

After the Second World War, sculptors could start to be creative on an even bigger scale. Thanks to increased industrialisation, they could produce larger sculptures which were highly weather-resistant, creating possibilities for outdoor creations. Within the Land Art movement, Christo and Jeanne Claude create sculptures which are directly part of the landscape. In Minimalism, the sculpture and its material are determined by its environment so as to highlight the sense of emptiness and space which surrounds it. An excellent example of minimalist sculpture would be Richard Serra’s gigantic creations which allow visitors to explore and wander around inside them.

Some of the biggest names incontemporary sculpture include Anish Kapoor, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Henry Moore Barbara Hepworth, Louise Bourgeois and Sol LeWitt.

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César Baldaccini, Les Pompes de Claire, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Les Pompes de Claire, 1987
135 x 143 x 71 cm
Sculpture

€380,000

Guillaume Roche, Atomos V, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Atomos V, 2021
50 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

€12,000

Jean-Jacques Joujon, Courbes Arc en Ciel I, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Joujon

Courbes Arc en Ciel I, 2021
15 x 95 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,250

Jean-No, Sphère N°13, Sculpture

Jean-No

Sphère N°13, 2021
20 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€900

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (252), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (252), 2018
128 x 49 x 39 cm
Sculpture

€6,900

Philippe  Hiquily, Ornuteros, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

Ornuteros, 1960
56 x 78 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€165,000

Joëlle Laboue, Together II, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Together II, 2021
45 x 25 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€990

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping Bonbon Smocky Fuchsia, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping Bonbon Smocky Fuchsia, 2021
23 x 6 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€2,700

Julie Espiau, Mélaya, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Mélaya, 2021
19 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

€1,800

Claes Oldenburg, Geometric Mouse  by Claes Oldenburg - figurative sculpture, Sculpture

Claes Oldenburg

Geometric Mouse by Claes Oldenburg - figurative sculpture, 1971
61 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
Sculpture

€77,155

Romain Langlois, Hyakutake, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Hyakutake, 2021
100 x 32 x 32 cm
Sculpture

€22,000

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Snail on apple sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Snail on apple sculpture, 2021
24 x 20 x 19 cm
Sculpture

€1,460

Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€480

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

€37,500

Wilfredo Lam, L’oiseau de Feu – L’oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire – Bird of Iron), Sculpture

Wilfredo Lam

L’oiseau de Feu – L’oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire – Bird of Iron), 1970
26 x 28 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€18,500

Our recommendations Jesu Moratiel, Frozen In A Sun Ray, Sculpture

Jesu Moratiel

Frozen In A Sun Ray, 2021
120 x 74.2 x 22 cm
Sculpture

€38,681

David Sprakes, Encouter II, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Encouter II, 2021
30 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€1,156

Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
15 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€1,500

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Apple - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Argent, 2013
18 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€800

Rachel Kah, Sans titre 3 (RK46), Sculpture

Rachel Kah

Sans titre 3 (RK46), 2020
37 x 36 x 2.8 cm
Sculpture

€1,150 €1,093

Frank Boogaard, Environ, Sculpture

Frank Boogaard

Environ, 2020
37 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€1,350

Mark Leputa, Fault & Fracture, Sculpture

Mark Leputa

Fault & Fracture, 2017
29 x 46 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€6,950

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy), Trophée de chasse, Sculpture

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy)

Trophée de chasse, 2006
38 x 71 x 44 cm
Sculpture

€2,400 €2,016

JC Thorez, L'enfant Do (Lundi), Sculpture

JC Thorez

L'enfant Do (Lundi), 2017
110 x 70 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€6,700 €6,365

Daniel Clyde McMurry, Something Between, Sculpture

Daniel Clyde McMurry

Something Between, 2021
24 x 35 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€800

Victor Prodanchuk, Fresh breath, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Fresh breath, 2021
47 x 12 x 11 cm
Sculpture

€1,906

Our recommendations Julio Le Parc, Formes virtuelles par déplacement, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Formes virtuelles par déplacement, 2017
80 x 12 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€9,000

Olga Turetska, The plate, Sculpture

Olga Turetska

The plate, 2021
26.5 x 26.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

€358

Marc Daniel, Le baiser (évolution 2), Sculpture

Marc Daniel

Le baiser (évolution 2), 2021
27 x 23.5 x 24 cm
Sculpture

€4,135

Cyril de Commarque, Primitive I, Sculpture

Cyril de Commarque

Primitive I, 2021
75 x 268 x 7 cm
Sculpture

€43,790

Amandine Guruceaga, Derma Soft Ellipse, Sculpture

Amandine Guruceaga

Derma Soft Ellipse, 2017
120 x 135 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€6,000 €3,000

Danielle Martin Troulay, Les sillons de pourpre, Sculpture

Danielle Martin Troulay

Les sillons de pourpre, 2018
42 x 50 x 26 cm
Sculpture

€2,300

Gor Avetisyan, The Silent Elegance II, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

The Silent Elegance II, 2021
81 x 14 x 14 cm
Sculpture

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Marina ÓÁZ, Menta Nera I, Sculpture

Marina ÓÁZ

Menta Nera I, 2021
20 x 16 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€290

Our recommendations Santicri, Eggs Pop, Sculpture

Santicri

Eggs Pop, 2021
20 x 15 x 17 cm
Sculpture

€350

Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
30 x 14 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€690

Our recommendations Nathanael Koffi, Corner, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

Corner, 2021
6.5 x 12 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

€150

L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture

L'Atlas

Abstraction géométrique, 2014
59 x 21 x 9 cm
Sculpture

€3,200

Our recommendations Paul Rebeyrolle, Trois têtes, Sculpture

Paul Rebeyrolle

Trois têtes, 1994
50 x 65 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€15,000

Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line., Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Indeterminate Line., 1988
28 x 50 x 41 cm
Sculpture

€95,000

Maxime Plancque, N°287, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°287, 2020
135 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,800 €1,710

Georges Braque, Hermès, Sculpture

Georges Braque

Hermès, 2019
175 x 80 x 24 cm
Sculpture

€220,000

Mireille Hottinger, Alhena, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Alhena, 2021
45 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,290

Poonam Choudhary, Sculpture - Stuck in love, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture - Stuck in love, 2021
27.9 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
Sculpture

€1,089

Sumit Mehndiratta, Nailed it Series No.85, Sculpture

Sumit Mehndiratta

Nailed it Series No.85, 2018
84 x 84 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€1,000

Our recommendations Sébastien Créteur, Sculpture en verre. Monyalos orange N°1/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Sculpture en verre. Monyalos orange N°1/8, 2018
8 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€380

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2010
195 x 70 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€10,500

Our recommendations Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe XXVI (SG210), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Desert Signe XXVI (SG210), 2021
50 x 40 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€450 €428

René Galassi, Calicots rouges, Sculpture

René Galassi

Calicots rouges, 2018
100 x 80 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€3,500

Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
300 x 120 x 120 cm
Sculpture

€11,900

Our recommendations Afro Basaldella, Boy with Turkey, Sculpture

Afro Basaldella

Boy with Turkey, 1955
130.5 x 98 x 1.4 cm
Sculpture

€54,000

Nicolas Delage, Sans titre, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Sans titre, 2020
92 x 172 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€5,800

Our recommendations Caroline Brisset, Lluvia H (CB88), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Lluvia H (CB88), 2016
57.5 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€1,700 €1,615

Our recommendations Chandler McLellan, Zuni Sundial, Sculpture

Chandler McLellan

Zuni Sundial, 2019
40.5 x 22.8 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

€1,500

Homek & Jerome Mesnager, Passage #2, Sculpture

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

Passage #2, 2021
60 x 100 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€2,500

Our recommendations Costa, Mire Mondrian, Sculpture

Costa

Mire Mondrian, 2009
70 x 70 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€5,000

Aramis Justiz, Distortions I, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

Distortions I, 2021
30 x 58 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€850

Our recommendations Nando Stevoli, Pleating, Sculpture

Nando Stevoli

Pleating, 2016
100 x 150 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€9,000

VL., Mickey Heart, Sculpture

VL.

Mickey Heart, 2021
35 x 30 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€650

Antonio Saura, Nez, Sculpture

Antonio Saura

Nez, 1990
51 x 64 x 1 cm
Sculpture

€5,000

Sezny Peron, Les bocages, Sculpture

Sezny Peron

Les bocages, 2013
60 x 60 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€1,500

Stan Wysocki, Nude, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

Nude, 2018
34 x 6 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€1,200

Dario Perez-Flores, Columna, Sculpture

Dario Perez-Flores

Columna, 1996
190 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€30,000

Our recommendations Bengt Lindström, L’esprit de la terre, Sculpture

Bengt Lindström

L’esprit de la terre, 2000
66 x 41 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€6,600

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