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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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Charlotte Champion, Flocon, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Flocon, 2015
6.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,020

Patrick Villas, Léopard debout II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

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

$8,033

Lee Berthille, Fossey for ever, Sculpture

Lee Berthille

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

$4,820

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

$1,721

Jane Witheridge, Petit oiseau, Painting

Jane Witheridge

Petit oiseau, 2017
12.6 x 14.6 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$574

Michel Duclos, Infinity, Sculpture

Michel Duclos

Infinity, 2017
20.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,869

Patrick Bérubé, La redite, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

La redite, 2015
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$689

Laurent Baheux, Mowgli, Photography

Laurent Baheux

Mowgli, 2018
50 x 50 inch
Photography

$14,344

Mathieu Rousso, The Royal Eagle, Sculpture

Mathieu Rousso

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

$10,787

Tami Bone, Kinfolk, Mythos series, Photography

Tami Bone

Kinfolk, Mythos series, 2014
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,836

Diana Gran, #Lobster, Photography

Diana Gran

#Lobster, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,180

Christian Couaillier, Le grand passage, Sculpture

Christian Couaillier

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

$7,574

Giles Daoust, Butterflies, Photography

Giles Daoust

Butterflies, 2013
27.6 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,308

Héctor Francesch, O amigo, Painting

Héctor Francesch

O amigo, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,721

Christophe Girard, La grenouille dodue, Drawing

Christophe Girard

La grenouille dodue, 2007
12.6 x 9.4 inch
Drawing

$172

Lynette Cooney, Good feeling, Painting

Lynette Cooney

Good feeling, 1995
11 x 8.3 x 2 inch
Painting

$689

Julia Christe, Faces, Photography

Julia Christe

Faces, 2011
48.4 x 57.1 inch
Photography

$6,426

Philippe Buil, Flamant Rose - Eau douce, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

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

$4,016

Kiko, Karl et Choupette Lagerfeld, Painting

Kiko

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

$3,557

Our recommendations Michel Audiard, Hommage à Pompon, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

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

$1,492

Charlotte Champion, Cacatoès, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Cacatoès, 2017
69.3 x 9.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,639

Patrick Villas, Tête de lionne II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

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

$20,655

Laurence Chiche, Azato, Painting

Laurence Chiche

Azato, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,295

Rafal Gadowski, Peacocks 14. Animals, Painting

Rafal Gadowski

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

$1,607

Francisco Nicolás, Birds 019, Painting

Francisco Nicolás

Birds 019, 2017
12.2 x 13.8 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,394 $1,549

Our recommendations Paola Pivi, Untitled (Zebras), Print

Paola Pivi

Untitled (Zebras), 2013
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$413

Evgenia Arbugaeva, Tiksi, Photography

Evgenia Arbugaeva

Tiksi, 2010
18.1 x 28 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$3,557

Etienne, Alliance, Sculpture

Etienne

Alliance, 2002
41.3 x 38.6 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$25,245

Pierre Budet, Hare force, Drawing

Pierre Budet

Hare force, 2015
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Drawing

$2,869

Daco, Graffaune Panda, Painting

Daco

Graffaune Panda, 2017
31.9 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$746

Daco, Graffaune Monkey, Painting

Daco

Graffaune Monkey, 2018
38.2 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,262

Spiktri, Sculpture Spktr Seahorse Ultra Violet, Sculpture

Spiktri

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

$4,016

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, White Rhino, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

White Rhino, 2010
27.6 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,203

Julien Pebrel, Sulina #4, Photography

Julien Pebrel

Sulina #4, 2013
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,148

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, Zèbres, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

Zèbres, 2008
11.8 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$689

Dominique Leroy, Flamants roses. Lac Nakuru. Kenya, Photography

Dominique Leroy

Flamants roses. Lac Nakuru. Kenya, 2014
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,607

Dominique Leroy, Gardiennage de la famille lion. Afrique du Sud., Photography

Dominique Leroy

Gardiennage de la famille lion. Afrique du Sud., 2006
27.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,607

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier, Mangouste jaune, Photography

Philippe Alexandre Chevallier

Mangouste jaune, 2012
39.4 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,203

Jessie Lie, Happy, Photography

Jessie Lie

Happy, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,618

Peny Manavi, Reptile 2, Painting

Peny Manavi

Reptile 2, 2015
43.3 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,295

Jessie Lie, Love, Photography

Jessie Lie

Love, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,618

Peny Manavi, Mother Nature 4, Painting

Peny Manavi

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

$2,295

Vikram Kushwah, Snow's Shoes, Photography

Vikram Kushwah

Snow's Shoes, 2014
23.6 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$769

Patrick Bérubé, Delivery fail, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Delivery fail, 2016
15.9 x 13 x 15.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,984

Caroline Kannreuther, Limousin Bull III, Painting

Caroline Kannreuther

Limousin Bull III, 2010
33.5 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$3,052

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

$4,016

Rémi Chapeaublanc, Kodas, Photography

Rémi Chapeaublanc

Kodas, 2011
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$1,297

Sonac, La girafe urbex en Bourgogne, Photography

Sonac

La girafe urbex en Bourgogne, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,262

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane, 2016
11.8 x 9.8 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,377

Gisèle Vacca, Goldwaters, Painting

Gisèle Vacca

Goldwaters, 2016
47.2 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$9,123

Clément Reisky, Peau d'elephant, Photography

Clément Reisky

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

$2,063

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

$2,754

Clément Reisky, Tortue, Photography

Clément Reisky

Tortue, 2013
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,944

Keng Wai Lee, Sandokan, Painting

Keng Wai Lee

Sandokan, 2017
35.4 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,392

A-MO, L'Aigle, Painting

A-MO

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

$2,525

Pierre Voituriez, La hase, Sculpture

Pierre Voituriez

La hase, 2015
15.4 x 23.6 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

$10,901

Jacques Dufrane, Animal in motion II, Sculpture

Jacques Dufrane

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

$2,180

Jean Amiel, Poule faisane dorée, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Poule faisane dorée, 2016
13.4 x 17.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,607

Vikram Kushwah, Emily and the White Horse, Photography

Vikram Kushwah

Emily and the White Horse, 2012
19.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$769

Jean Amiel, L'éléphant, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

L'éléphant, 2016
8.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,984

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