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The Best of Sculpture

Sculpture, along with painting, is one of the oldest art mediums in human history. The term sculpture comes from the latin word “sculptura” meaning “to cut”. This corresponds to the process of cutting away material in order to achieve a desired aesthetic form.


The very first examples of statuettes were used in magic rituals. Then in ecclesiastical history, sculpture was used to depict religious icons, which we still see today.


Over the course of art history, sculpture evolved dramatically. It took on many different forms, and was completed in many different materials.


While clay still appears to be the most popular material, more and more artists are experimenting with alternative elements such as resin and steel. These materials allow for new creative opportunities, whilst more traditional elements such as marble, bronze and wood, are frequently used by those inspired by the great masters of the 20th century. Auguste Rodin rejected traditional sculpture and modeled the human body in a realistic manner, celebrating the individual characteristics of his subjects. This lead to incredibly unique and modern works.


There are many techniques to sculpture, however some are essential to know. These include: bas-relief, high relief, modeling, cast-iron moulding and sculpture in the round (3D).


Nevertheless, whether they’re established or emerging, an increasing number of artists are developing their own sculptural techniques.


Artists at the end of the 20th century were galvanised by monumental sculpture, and we can see examples of this practice in both museums and public gardens worldwide. Originally spearheading this movement was American artist Jeff Koons, who is known for his eccentric and vivid works. Before he was dethroned of his title by English artist, David Hockney in 2018, Koons’ 3 metre tall “Balloon Dog Orange” was the most expensive contemporary work in the world.


In the 1990s, Anglo-Indian artist, Anish Kapoor, began making monumental sculptures such as “Tarantara” in 1999. In 2011, his work, “Queen’s Vagina,” caused a huge scandal in the gardens of Versailles. More recently, Kapoor has been experimenting with reflective surfaces in order to obscure the viewer’s perception of themselves.


Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nanas” and César Baldaccini’s compression works are still incredibly relevant today, and continue to be shown in major exhibitions worldwide.


Hyperrealism also trends today, and artists are reintroducing figurative practices to their works, as opposed to the abstraction explored in previous decades. The leading figures of this movement include Carole A. Feuerman and Maurizio Cattelan, who were inspired by Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp.


In addition to this, sculpture is being increasingly used in street art, which can be seen in France through Invader’s works and JR’s huge installations.

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Robert Combas, Hommage à Van Gogh, Guitar Flying, Sculpture

Robert Combas

Hommage à Van Gogh, Guitar Flying, 2008
43.3 x 18.5 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,718

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
14.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$49,763

Damien Hirst, The Hours Spin Skull, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

The Hours Spin Skull, 2008
8.7 x 7.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$16,392

Our recommendations Okuda, Kaleidoscope Skull, Sculpture

Okuda

Kaleidoscope Skull, 2017
28.7 x 31.1 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$19,811

Sébastien Langloÿs, Polymnie, Bronze n°2/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Polymnie, Bronze n°2/8, 2017
12.6 x 8.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$11,123

Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, 2013
24.2 x 14 x 12.8 inch
Sculpture

$101,282

Gelitin, Natural born sculpture, Sculpture

Gelitin

Natural born sculpture, 2015
12.6 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$2,576

Antonio Segui, L'homme pressé, Sculpture

Antonio Segui

L'homme pressé, 2012
29.5 x 24.4 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,025

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana assise sur un serpent, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Nana assise sur un serpent, 1984
6.3 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$64,399

Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,405

Our recommendations Xu Zhen, New, Sculpture

Xu Zhen

New, 2016
18.1 x 5.5 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,810

Max Ernst, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Sans titre 4, 1970
11.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,854

Our recommendations Vincent Olinet, Rouge 06 25 95, Sculpture

Vincent Olinet

Rouge 06 25 95, 2014
37.4 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,367

Guillaume Roche, Globe 30, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Globe 30, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,108

Jérôme Guime, Reflets, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Reflets, 2018
11.8 x 26 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$937

M.Chat, Chat Chat, Sculpture

M.Chat

Chat Chat, 2016
12.2 x 14.2 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,873

Christophe Charbonnel, Poséidon, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Poséidon, 2017
42.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$40,981

Marc Boffin, Baril Hermès, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Baril Hermès, 2018
35 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,215

Arman, Violon coupé IV (Hommage à Picasso), Sculpture

Arman

Violon coupé IV (Hommage à Picasso), 2004
24 x 6.5 x 7.3 inch
Sculpture

$11,123

Arman, Odor di Femina, Sculpture

Arman

Odor di Femina, 1975
15.7 x 11.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,269

Our recommendations Arman, Mi-Siren, Sculpture

Arman

Mi-Siren, 1996
9.8 x 10.2 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,025

L'Atlas, White Iron Soul 1, Sculpture

L'Atlas

White Iron Soul 1, 2018
16.9 x 38.2 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,737

Kaws, Small lies (Black), Sculpture

Kaws

Small lies (Black), 2017
10.6 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$253

Arman, Bougeoir aux cuillères, Sculpture

Arman

Bougeoir aux cuillères, 2003
13.8 x 16.9 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,908

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Cœur éclaté, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Cœur éclaté, 1986
20.9 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,278

Maxime Plancque, Manhattan, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

Manhattan, 2016
10.2 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,108

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Femme à la tête de rose, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Femme à la tête de rose, 1984
33.5 x 21.3 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$24,589

Jérôme Mesnager, Love Dance, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Love Dance, 2016
12.6 x 11.8 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$2,892

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Compression après la fête, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression après la fête, 1974
2.2 x 0.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,962

Invader, 3D Invasion Kit #14, Sculpture

Invader

3D Invasion Kit #14, 2008
7.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$13,430

Our recommendations Invader, Camel, Print

Invader

Camel, 2015
34.1 x 24 x 0.4 inch
Print

$9,953

Luo Li Rong, L'Arrivée du jour (sans feuille), Sculpture

Luo Li Rong

L'Arrivée du jour (sans feuille), 2017
27.2 x 20.9 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$22,832

Yaacov Agam, Shalom Menorah (Tri-Base), Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Shalom Menorah (Tri-Base), 1980
18 x 11 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Antonio Segui, Bacan, Tito & Boby, Tilingo and Julian, Sculpture

Antonio Segui

Bacan, Tito & Boby, Tilingo and Julian, 2002
19.7 x 39.4 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,025

Our recommendations Jeff Koons, Balloon Swan (Yellow)/Balloon Monkey (Blue)/ Balloon Rabbit (Red), Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Balloon Swan (Yellow)/Balloon Monkey (Blue)/ Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2017
9.5 x 6.5 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$52,690

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 1998
70.9 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$29,272

Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
5.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,756

Antonio Segui, El viajero & Compradito (Bronze), Sculpture

Antonio Segui

El viajero & Compradito (Bronze), 2002
7.9 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,440

Jean Cocteau, La vie intérieure, Sculpture

Jean Cocteau

La vie intérieure, 1962
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,140

Our recommendations Gelitin, Hase, Photography

Gelitin

Hase, 2014
9.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$2,517

Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture

Gelitin

Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,737

Leo Factory, Harry Putter le golfeur, Sculpture

Leo Factory

Harry Putter le golfeur, 2019
19.7 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$574

Our recommendations Max Ernst, Sans titre 8, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Sans titre 8, 1970
15.4 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,854

Tsuyu Bridwell, Still Life, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Still Life, 2010
15.4 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,756

Niki de Saint Phalle, Ikarus, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

Ikarus, 1970
6.1 x 5.5 x 2.9 inch
Sculpture

$70,253

Guillaume Roche, Multiple 2, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Multiple 2, 2018
5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$527

Jannick Deslauriers, Foundation 1, Sculpture

Jannick Deslauriers

Foundation 1, 2018
15 x 7 x 7 inch
Sculpture

$2,810

Lonzi, Broderie, Sculpture

Lonzi

Broderie, 2017
22.4 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,581

Iván Navarro, Assembly line, Sculpture

Iván Navarro

Assembly line, 2007
9.1 x 24 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$25,000

Christophe Charbonnel, Cavalier IV, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Cavalier IV, 2011
30.3 x 26 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

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Kaws, SET OF 3, Sculpture

Kaws

SET OF 3, 2017
11 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

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Maxime Plancque, N°241, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°241, 2018
6.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

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Kazuhiko Tanaka, Dancing Through Life, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Dancing Through Life, 2018
3.5 x 2.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Xavier Veilhan, Alice (olive green), Sculpture

Xavier Veilhan

Alice (olive green), 2013
15.7 x 7.1 x 3.3 inch
Sculpture

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Marc Petit, La main, Sculpture

Marc Petit

La main, 2012
4.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Vincent Olinet, Printanière de fruits rouges, Sculpture

Vincent Olinet

Printanière de fruits rouges, 2016
12.2 x 9.1 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

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Delphine Lepoutre, Anuman, Sculpture

Delphine Lepoutre

Anuman, 2017
23.2 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

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Gite, Mini Taureau (rouge), Sculpture

Gite

Mini Taureau (rouge), 2017
4.3 x 5.1 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

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Sylvie Auvray, Sans titre, Sculpture

Sylvie Auvray

Sans titre, 2016
16.1 x 5.5 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

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