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Sport

Although art and physical education were considered completely opposing subjects at school, they have actually proven to be a perfect match in the art world. Sport in art has been depicted many times throughout history, and is particularly prominent in contemporary art.

In antiquity, the Greeks worshipped the youthful and athletic body, paintingthe events of the first Olympic Games on pottery in 776 BC.

Whatever the medium (photography, painting, sculpture, collage, etc.), their anatomy, their psychological state, where they train or even their competitions; athletes are a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Developing technology and the ability to travel have made the study of sports more accessible to amateurs everywhere. Whether represented in a realistic or symbolic way, sport is a recurrent theme for young artists. Join us at Artsper as we enter sport mode and unveil our very own Olympic podium of artworks.

Photography is probably the first medium we think of when we think about the artistic representation of sport. This is for technical reasons, as speed is needed to capture athletes at the height of their game. Snapshots of athletes are taken on the spot to better capture an accurate portrayal of not only their movements, but also the rising tension between opposite team members.

Leader of the new wave, Gerry Cranham made a career out of athletics before becoming a coach himself. A passionate photographer, he took photos of the young athletes he trained in order to rectify their techniques, and analyse their running approach. After becoming a professional sports photographer at the age of 28, he quickly established a reputation, spearheading sport photography not only in England but also internationally. His photographs of rugby, football, tennis, wrestling and swimming, were printed worldwide in prestigious magazines such as Sports Illustrated and The Observer.

Sport also inspired painters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which can be seen in Gustave Courbet’s 1853 painting, The Wrestlers. This large format oil painting depicts two men engaged in 'French wrestling', in the former hippodrome on the Champs-Élysées. To the right of the painting there is a grandstand filled with spectators who are cheering on the athletes. Even Claude Monet explored the theme of sport with his 1872 work Regattas at Argenteuil, where sailboats leave mesmerising reflections on the water’s surface. Meanwhile modern artist Nicolas de Staël, depicts an abstract football match with his work Footballers, where players can only be made out from the use of flat tints of colour that determine their team.

Like Gerry Cranham, you can also find your calling through contemporary sport painting, sculpture and photography. Discover the works by both established and emerging artists like Victor Spahn, Isabelle Picarel, Michel Birot, Makiko Furuichi and others...  

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Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness 01, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness 01, 2006
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,401

Marie Doazan, Musée de la contrefaçon, Print

Marie Doazan

Musée de la contrefaçon, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$70

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,218

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir), Ballon rond, ballon plat, Sculpture

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir)

Ballon rond, ballon plat, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$490

Margit Mondhard, Sumo II, Sculpture

Margit Mondhard

Sumo II, 2013
13 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,385

Our recommendations Roberto Matta, Foot Musik, Drawing

Roberto Matta

Foot Musik, 1990
29.9 x 30.7 inch
Drawing

$10,506

Jack Hironimus, Moi je dis qu'un bon footballeur, c'est un footballeur qui a un cerveau et des mains (de génie) à la place des pieds !..., Painting

Jack Hironimus

Moi je dis qu'un bon footballeur, c'est un footballeur qui a un cerveau et des mains (de génie) à la place des pieds !..., 2016
45.7 x 35 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,634

Pawel Skurski, Race against a shadow, Painting

Pawel Skurski

Race against a shadow, 2004
39.4 x 43.3 inch
Painting

$3,735

Chiara Dazi, Le lutteur, Photography

Chiara Dazi

Le lutteur, 2003
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,167

Our recommendations Patrick Gripe, Polytechnique, Photography

Patrick Gripe

Polytechnique, 2001
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Alexandra Mas, Sans titre - 01, Painting

Alexandra Mas

Sans titre - 01, 2015
16.1 x 13 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$770

Didier Kriebs, Tango, Painting

Didier Kriebs

Tango, 2013
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,218

Jiri Kolár, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jiri Kolár

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$350

Mark Leech, Jean-Pierre Rives, Photography

Mark Leech

Jean-Pierre Rives, 1983
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,051

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,226

Our recommendations Julien Poupart, Ensemble, Photography

Julien Poupart

Ensemble, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Bruno Charoy, Tracks II, Photography

Bruno Charoy

Tracks II, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$934

Gilberto Perin, Tuneis, Photography

Gilberto Perin

Tuneis, 2012
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,074

Fernando Botero, Les Danseurs, Print

Fernando Botero

Les Danseurs, 1985
16.9 x 12.2 inch
Print

$9,105

Salvador Dali, 75 aniversario FC Barcelona, Print

Salvador Dali

75 aniversario FC Barcelona, 1974
39.4 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch
Print

$16,343

Valerio Adami, Roland Garros - Bleu, Print

Valerio Adami

Roland Garros - Bleu, 1980
34.1 x 26 inch
Print

$257

Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

Degas Danseur de Ballet, 2004
17.3 x 6.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$362

James Sparshatt, El Principe, Photography

James Sparshatt

El Principe, 2001
16 x 20 inch
Photography

$811

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Running, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Running, 2016
3.9 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$630

Tristan Marechal, Perspective Favelas Brésil, Painting

Tristan Marechal

Perspective Favelas Brésil, 2011
39.4 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,035

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Golf focusing, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Golf focusing, 2016
3.1 x 1.2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$210

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Still Cassius Clay V, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Still Cassius Clay V, 1963
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations William Sweetlove, Cloned Golf-girl with turtles & Cloned golfball with crocodiles, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Golf-girl with turtles & Cloned golfball with crocodiles, 2011
157.5 x 70.9 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$140,081

Gerry Cranham, Gareth Edwards, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Gareth Edwards, 1969
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$4,903

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Le cinquième Beatles , Photography

Gerry Cranham

Le cinquième Beatles , 1972
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, JPR vs JPR, Photography

Gerry Cranham

JPR vs JPR, 1977
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Napoléon, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Napoléon, 1977
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Jim Clark, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Jim Clark, 1964
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,109

Gerry Cranham, Ronnie Peterson, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Ronnie Peterson, 1974
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Trampoline, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Trampoline, 1964
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,109

Gerry Cranham, Old time, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Old time, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,109

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, Ali Patterson II, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Ali Patterson II, 1965
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$1,109

Janol Apin, Vélos, Photography

Janol Apin

Vélos, 2013
19.7 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$349

Gerry Cranham, Still Cassius Clay I, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Still Cassius Clay I, 1963
11.8 x 17.7 inch
Photography

$2,685

Gerry Cranham, Highbury, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Highbury, 1971
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$2,335

Gerry Cranham, Everton fans, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Everton fans, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,051

Gerry Cranham, Borg II, Photography

Gerry Cranham

Borg II, 1974
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,051

Pierre Kroll, Du calme, Print

Pierre Kroll

Du calme, 2013
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,471

Zalez, Point, Painting

Zalez

Point, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,451

Zalez, Shirt, Painting

Zalez

Shirt, 2014
29.9 x 20.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,868

Nick Lord, Holly, Painting

Nick Lord

Holly, 2016
43.3 x 35.4 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$11,256

Joaquim Falcó, Footballer, Painting

Joaquim Falcó

Footballer, 2013
28.7 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,051

Antoine Guibert, Santa Cruz, Photography

Antoine Guibert

Santa Cruz, 2015
29.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$618

Victor Spahn, Rugby, Print

Victor Spahn

Rugby, 2007
16.9 x 23.6 inch
Print

$350

Our recommendations Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness #02, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness #02, 2006
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,401

Karine Marenne, Museal Fitness #03, Photography

Karine Marenne

Museal Fitness #03, 2006
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,401

Patrice Palacio, K.O, Painting

Patrice Palacio

K.O, 2012
63.8 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$17,510

Francis Apesteguy, 24 heures du Mans by Francis Apesteguy/Artphotoby, Photography

Francis Apesteguy

24 heures du Mans by Francis Apesteguy/Artphotoby, 1979
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$992

Our recommendations Pieter Bauermeister, Heavy is the world, Photography

Pieter Bauermeister

Heavy is the world, 2006
33.1 x 46.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,451

Makiko Furuichi, Sans titre, série Muscle, Painting

Makiko Furuichi

Sans titre, série Muscle, 2013
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Painting

$339

Makiko Furuichi, Sans titre, série Muscle, Painting

Makiko Furuichi

Sans titre, série Muscle, 2013
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Painting

$339

Makiko Furuichi, Sans titre, série Muscle, Painting

Makiko Furuichi

Sans titre, série Muscle, 2013
9.4 x 12.6 inch
Painting

$339

Makiko Furuichi, Sans titre, série Les catcheurs, Painting

Makiko Furuichi

Sans titre, série Les catcheurs, 2013
18.1 x 13 inch
Painting

$642

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir), Ballon Rond, Ballon Plat, Balle en Bois, Sculpture

Arzhel Prioul (Mardi Noir)

Ballon Rond, Ballon Plat, Balle en Bois, 2017
8.7 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$257

Elisa Haberer, Un été à Pékin, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Un été à Pékin, 2007
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$3,969

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