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Animal beauty

Animals are often featured in news, sometimes in heartwarming tales of human and animal companionship and other times in heartbreaking stories of illegal trade and endangered species. Animals are even present in social sciences, especially thank to  ethology (behavioural sciences of animals in their natural habitat). They have fascinated philosophers from Antiquity all the way through to today and they are even present in the medical realm, as the benefits of animal-assisted therapies have been scientifically proven. 

The relationship between humans and animals is also taken into account in the politics, most notably when debating topics related to ecology, the protection of ecosystems and sustainable development. Thus, animals might be seen as a crucial indicator of humanity's concerns. 

As well in these many sectors, animals are also very much present in the arts. A number of art museums have decided exhibitions to animals including the Cluny Museum in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Whether simply a humble spectator in an 18th century painting or the central subject of a Courbet painting, animals are present throughout the history of art. From symbolic, to esthetic, to abstract, to animal drawings meant to simply record their appearance...all these representations have played a role in influencing artists and also how we characterise and think of individual animals.

Each civilisation has represented the animal on multiples supports (mosaics, metal, stone, bones, etc.) as seen on the Nerja cave wall paintings in Andalusia discovered in 1925. Animal iconography has had multiple purposes, varying according to the era and place. Bats, for example, are often used to represent death, fear or superstition in Western art, whereas the Chinese see them as a sign of happiness. The omnipresence of animals within cultures across the globe is probably down to the similarities between men and animal, a source of both fascination and fear. 

In this selection, Artsper helps you to discover the beauty of the animal kingdom, its diversity, strength and fragility. Artists depict animals in a huge range of mediums: sculpture, painting, photographs, and drawings. Contemporary artists bring an original and poetic vision to their representations of the animals with whom we share our world.

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Our recommendations Capocci, Kangourou, Sculpture

Capocci

Kangourou, 2014
11.8 x 5.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,050

Charlotte Champion, Flocon, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Flocon, 2015
6.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,054

Rafal Gadowski, Peacocks 14. Animals, Painting

Rafal Gadowski

Peacocks 14. Animals, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,634

Pierre Budet, Hare force, Drawing

Pierre Budet

Hare force, 2015
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,918

Keng Wai Lee, Sandokan, Painting

Keng Wai Lee

Sandokan, 2017
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,318

A-MO, L'Aigle, Painting

A-MO

L'Aigle, 2017
59.1 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,568

Michel Duclos, Infinity, Sculpture

Michel Duclos

Infinity, 2017
20.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,918

Zet Michell, Le Don du Feu, Painting

Zet Michell

Le Don du Feu, 2017
36.2 x 28.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,385

Olivier Courty, Rhinocéros Pop Art, Sculpture

Olivier Courty

Rhinocéros Pop Art, 2015
18.1 x 9.8 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,886

Patrick Bérubé, Delivery fail, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Delivery fail, 2016
15.9 x 13 x 15.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,035

Jacques Dufrane, Animal in motion II, Sculpture

Jacques Dufrane

Animal in motion II, 2016
19.3 x 8.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,568

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens V, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens V, 2017
19.7 x 23.6 inch
Painting

$1,517

Mathieu Rousso, The Royal Eagle, Sculpture

Mathieu Rousso

The Royal Eagle, 2015
40.6 x 24.4 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$10,972

Caz’n, Dos flamencos azul, Painting

Caz’n

Dos flamencos azul, 2017
59.1 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,109

Giles Daoust, Butterflies, Photography

Giles Daoust

Butterflies, 2013
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,331

Laurent Baheux, Mowgli, Photography

Laurent Baheux

Mowgli, 2018
50 x 50 inch
Photography

$14,590

Jill Meager, Robin, Painting

Jill Meager

Robin, 2017
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Painting

$1,868

Vivienne Maun, Vultus - La Maternité, Photography

Vivienne Maun

Vultus - La Maternité, 2012
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,868

Diana Gran, #Lobster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Lobster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,218

Tami Bone, Kinfolk, Mythos series, Photography

Tami Bone

Kinfolk, Mythos series, 2014
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,868

Christian Couaillier, Le grand passage, Sculpture

Christian Couaillier

Le grand passage, 2016
11 x 20.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,703

Julia Christe, Faces, Photography

Julia Christe

Faces, 2011
48.4 x 57.1 inch
Photography

$6,536

Héctor Francesch, O amigo, Painting

Héctor Francesch

O amigo, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,751

Mei Sahn, L'éléphant, Sculpture

Mei Sahn

L'éléphant, 2017
5.1 x 9.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$759

Kiko, Karl et Choupette Lagerfeld, Painting

Kiko

Karl et Choupette Lagerfeld, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,502

Philippe Buil, Flamant Rose - Eau douce, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Flamant Rose - Eau douce, 2013
47.2 x 35.4 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,085

François Rambaud, Singe au cigare, Sculpture

François Rambaud

Singe au cigare, 2014
31.5 x 17.7 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,568

Miss Fuck, Peau d'âne, Painting

Miss Fuck

Peau d'âne, 2019
45.7 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$992

Michel Audiard, Petit Rhino , Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Petit Rhino , 2015
7.9 x 16.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,517

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Hommage à Pompon, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Hommage à Pompon, 2014
9.8 x 19.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,517

Patrick Villas, Léopard debout II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Léopard debout II, 2015
18.1 x 17.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$8,170

Patrick Villas, Tête de lionne II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Tête de lionne II, 2015
24.8 x 17.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$21,009

Tristan Marechal, Perspective Grands froids, Painting

Tristan Marechal

Perspective Grands froids, 2012
39.4 x 31.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$3,035

Charlotte Champion, Cacatoès, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Cacatoès, 2017
69.3 x 9.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,804

Mosko, Tigre buste, Painting

Mosko

Tigre buste, 2017
39.4 x 28.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$4,202

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$420

Daco, Graffaune Monkey, Painting

Daco

Graffaune Monkey, 2018
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,284

Daco, Graffaune Panda, Painting

Daco

Graffaune Panda, 2017
31.9 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$759

Corta, Raie manta , Painting

Corta

Raie manta , 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$817

Dave Baranes, Green, Painting

Dave Baranes

Green, 2018
55.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,295

Our recommendations Pascale Barret, A kind of amnesia of the future, video still 01, Photography

Pascale Barret

A kind of amnesia of the future, video still 01, 2015
17.7 x 11.8 inch
Photography

$1,751

Spiktri, Sculpture Spktr Seahorse Monster Energie 99, Sculpture

Spiktri

Sculpture Spktr Seahorse Monster Energie 99, 2019
28.3 x 13 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,085

Spiktri, Sculpture Spktr Seahorse Ultra Violet, Sculpture

Spiktri

Sculpture Spktr Seahorse Ultra Violet, 2019
25.6 x 16.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,085

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, Mangouste jaune, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

Mangouste jaune, 2012
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,241

François Cognet, Série grands singes - 20/5, Painting

François Cognet

Série grands singes - 20/5, 2015
35 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,801

Francisco Nicolás, Birds 019, Painting

Francisco Nicolás

Birds 019, 2017
12.2 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,576

Patrick Bérubé, La redite, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

La redite, 2015
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$700

Dave Baranes, Cecil, Painting

Dave Baranes

Cecil, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,642

Markus + Indrani, David Bowie and Wolf, Photography

Markus + Indrani

David Bowie and Wolf, 2014
16 x 13 x 1 inch
Photography

$7,587

Peny Manavi, Reptile 2, Painting

Peny Manavi

Reptile 2, 2015
43.3 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,334

Peny Manavi, Mother Nature 4, Painting

Peny Manavi

Mother Nature 4, 2015
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,334

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, White Rhino, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

White Rhino, 2010
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,241

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, Zèbres, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

Zèbres, 2008
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$700

Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kodas, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kodas, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,319

Jane Witheridge, Petit oiseau, Painting

Jane Witheridge

Petit oiseau, 2017
12.6 x 14.6 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$584

Evgenia Arbugaeva, Tiksi, Photography

Evgenia Arbugaeva

Tiksi, 2010
18.1 x 28 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,618

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,401

Lee Berthille, Fossey for ever, Sculpture

Lee Berthille

Fossey for ever, 2017
44.9 x 29.9 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,902

Clément Reisky, Peau d'elephant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Peau d'elephant, 2013
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,099

Mikolaj Malesza, Take off, Painting

Mikolaj Malesza

Take off, 2015
25.6 x 36.2 inch
Painting

$1,401

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