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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


Jérôme Mesnager, Love Dance, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Love Dance, 2016
12.6 x 11.8 x 1 inch


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


Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch


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


Damien Hirst, The Hours Spin Skull, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

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


Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture


Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch


Iván Navarro, Assembly line, Sculpture

Iván Navarro

Assembly line, 2007
9.1 x 24 x 10 inch


Jérôme Guime, Reflets, Sculpture

Jérôme Guime

Reflets, 2018
11.8 x 26 x 0.4 inch


M.Chat, Chat Chat, Sculpture


Chat Chat, 2016
12.2 x 14.2 x 4.3 inch


Marc Boffin, Baril Hermès, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Baril Hermès, 2018
35 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch

5,000 - $10,000

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


Christophe Charbonnel, Poséidon, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Poséidon, 2017
42.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 1998
70.9 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


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


Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Cœur éclaté, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Cœur éclaté, 1986
20.9 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


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

César Baldaccini

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


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


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


Arman, Odor di Femina, Sculpture


Odor di Femina, 1975
15.7 x 11.8 x 2.8 inch


Arman, Bougeoir aux cuillères, Sculpture


Bougeoir aux cuillères, 2003
13.8 x 16.9 x 16.9 inch


Jean Cocteau, La vie intérieure, Sculpture

Jean Cocteau

La vie intérieure, 1962
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Our recommendations Arman, Mi-Siren, Sculpture


Mi-Siren, 1996
9.8 x 10.2 x 6.7 inch


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

Yaacov Agam

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


Our recommendations Max Ernst, Sans titre 8, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Sans titre 8, 1970
15.4 x 10.6 x 0.8 inch


Max Ernst, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Sans titre 4, 1970
11.8 x 11 x 0.8 inch


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


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

Antonio Segui

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


Our recommendations Xu Zhen, New, Sculpture

Xu Zhen

New, 2016
18.1 x 5.5 x 4.1 inch


Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
5.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Gelitin, Natural born sculpture, Sculpture


Natural born sculpture, 2015
12.6 x 11 x 11 inch


Our recommendations Gelitin, Hase, Photography


Hase, 2014
9.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus - Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

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


Maxime Plancque, Manhattan, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

Manhattan, 2016
10.2 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Lonzi, Broderie, Sculpture


Broderie, 2017
22.4 x 19.7 x 3.9 inch

$1,230 $1,367

Guillaume Roche, Globe 30, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Globe 30, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Christophe Charbonnel, Cavalier IV, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Cavalier IV, 2011
30.3 x 26 x 8.3 inch

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Invader, 3D Invasion Kit #14, Sculpture


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

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Kazuhiko Tanaka, Dancing Through Life, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Dancing Through Life, 2018
3.5 x 2.4 x 2 inch

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Antonio Segui, L'homme pressé, Sculpture

Antonio Segui

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

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Tsuyu Bridwell, Still Life, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Still Life, 2010
15.4 x 19.7 x 2 inch

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Maxime Plancque, N°241, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°241, 2018
6.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch

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Our recommendations Okuda, Kaleidoscope Skull, Sculpture


Kaleidoscope Skull, 2017
28.7 x 31.1 x 13.8 inch

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Marc Petit, La main, Sculpture

Marc Petit

La main, 2012
4.1 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch

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Gite, Mini Taureau (rouge), Sculpture


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

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Delphine Lepoutre, Anuman, Sculpture

Delphine Lepoutre

Anuman, 2017
23.2 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch

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