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Abstract sculpture

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, artistic movements such as Impressionism and Expressionism emerged to revolutionise the art world. These movements eventually gave birth to a ground-breaking way of creating art and representing our surrounding world: through abstraction instead of figurative representation. This development affected painting as much as sculptures, and meant that artworks no longer had to resemble an element from real life, commemorate historical events or have a decorative purpose. Classical sculptures also had to respond to specific medium requirements; they usually had to be carved from stone such as marble, and then modeled with clay and covered with bronze.

One of the pioneers of abstract sculpture was the French sculptor Auguste Rodin; although his work remained far from what abstract sculptures would become in Modern Art with artists such as Pablo Picasso or Constantin Brancusi, he paved the way for 20th-century sculptors to break free from classical sculpting conventions by shocking his contemporaries. Instead of concentrating on representing reality, artists sought to convey emotions, feelings, and thoughts through their art. Along with a distance from realism, artists also started to experiment with new materials, which were not deemed “appropriate" for sculpture in its classical definition, such as steel and cardboard.


The artist who pushed the boundaries of sculpture to its furthest was probably Marcel Duchamp, who provoked a scandal at an exhibition in New York with his famous ceramic urinal. By discarding conventional expectations of what art ought to be, Duchamp turned a vulgar urinal into one of the most iconic sculptures of the twentieth century, and established the basis of conceptual art with his readymade. Another essential artistic movement for modern sculpture was kinetic art, which drew its inspiration from Futurism. Kinetic art was particularly interested in creating interaction between the audience and an artwork through movement. A leading figure of kinetic sculpture was Alexander Calder with his famous mobiles, the first ones in art history, which are still inspiring contemporary sculpture today.


Today, abstract sculptures by the most famous names of modern and contemporary art are exhibited in renowned galleries and museums, from the Museum of Modern Art to the Tate Modern and the Guggenheim. Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Serra, Anthony Caro, David Smith, Louise Nevelson… They are all inspiring the young emerging artists of today. From outdoor sculpture, ceramics, wood, stone, or metal sculpture, you'll discover the works of the best contemporary artists in Artsper's catalogue!

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Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kettes, Sculpture

Victor Vasarely

Kettes, 1988
27.5 x 16 x 2.25 inch
Sculpture

$22,000

Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
11.8 x 5.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$454

René Galassi, Origami fractal, Sculpture

René Galassi

Origami fractal, 2018
37 x 29.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,960

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
51.2 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,064

Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
118.1 x 47.2 x 47.2 inch
Sculpture

$12,473 $13,859

Victoire d'Harcourt, Terre patinée, Sculpture

Victoire d'Harcourt

Terre patinée, 2016
15.7 x 13.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,805

Our recommendations Pierre Clerk, 6HEX, Sculpture

Pierre Clerk

6HEX, 2001
23.6 x 35.4 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,646

François Lauzier, Éolie No. 20, Sculpture

François Lauzier

Éolie No. 20, 2017
36.2 x 18.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,494

Karen Marre, Les 3 grâces, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Les 3 grâces, 2017
13.4 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,863

Amogh Katyayan, You name it, Sculpture

Amogh Katyayan

You name it, 2018
21.7 x 10.6 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$500

Lonzi, Dentelle, Sculpture

Lonzi

Dentelle, 2017
17.7 x 14.2 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,980

Pol Quadens, 3 blocs, Sculpture

Pol Quadens

3 blocs, 2015
13 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,096

Carlo Amen, L'Ombre de toi, Sculpture

Carlo Amen

L'Ombre de toi, 2018
20.1 x 12.2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,795

Bruno Guihéneuf, Flux 46, Sculpture

Bruno Guihéneuf

Flux 46, 2014
16.1 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,747

VanBinh, Résine Bleue  I, Sculpture

VanBinh

Résine Bleue I, 2018
10.6 x 3.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$722

Davide Martinazzo, Pagina di una nostra storia, Sculpture

Davide Martinazzo

Pagina di una nostra storia, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,562

Juliette Leperlier, Phloème I, Sculpture

Juliette Leperlier

Phloème I, 2018
7.9 x 2.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,562

Jean-François Fouilhoux, Automne, Sculpture

Jean-François Fouilhoux

Automne, 2018
20.3 x 16.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,076

Joan Serra, ME-PL-B2A5-2, Sculpture

Joan Serra

ME-PL-B2A5-2, 2015
11.2 x 10 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,446

Cynthia Bridé, Concrétion, Sculpture

Cynthia Bridé

Concrétion, 2018
15.7 x 13.8 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$3,331

Stratos, Dream, Sculpture

Stratos

Dream, 2018
12.6 x 3.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,377

Philippe Buil, Le petit prince 43- 1/1, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Le petit prince 43- 1/1, 2013
19.3 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$990

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (259), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (259), 2013
16.9 x 15 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,960

Our recommendations Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (287), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (287), 2018
24.4 x 9.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,008

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref. 242, Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref. 242, 2018
17.3 x 8.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,261

Arno, Full or, Sculpture

Arno

Full or, 2018
32.7 x 8.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,562

Arno, Full blue, Sculpture

Arno

Full blue, 2018
76.8 x 20.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,542

Cathie Berthon, Cubes 4, Sculpture

Cathie Berthon

Cubes 4, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$873

Paradox Créations, Portobello, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Portobello, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$1,630

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #3.7, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #3.7, 2018
61 x 37.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$13,393

Our recommendations Morgan Blesy, Tsuname, Sculpture

Morgan Blesy

Tsuname, 2017
34.3 x 17.3 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,165

Kevin Rouillard, Fragment 5, Sculpture

Kevin Rouillard

Fragment 5, 2018
5.5 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,988

Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Femme feuille, Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Femme feuille, 2018
18.1 x 7.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,096

Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Femme qui lit, Sculpture

Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

Femme qui lit, 2008
14.2 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,398

Joël Froment, S Alphabet, Sculpture

Joël Froment

S Alphabet, 2003
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,398

Tony M, Coco’t Magenta, Sculpture

Tony M

Coco’t Magenta, 2018
25.4 x 23.2 x 13.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,048

Michele Ciacciofera, Janas Code, Sculpture

Michele Ciacciofera

Janas Code, 2019
55.1 x 39.4 x 2.9 inch
Sculpture

$29,116

Our recommendations David Moreno, Protegidos, Sculpture

David Moreno

Protegidos, 2019
78.7 x 31.5 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,152

Our recommendations David Moreno, Subir o bajar I, Sculpture

David Moreno

Subir o bajar I, 2019
25.2 x 18.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,076

Michel Pourchet, Le Grand Horloger, Sculpture

Michel Pourchet

Le Grand Horloger, 2016
33.5 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,028

Bruno Guihéneuf, Flux 165, Sculpture

Bruno Guihéneuf

Flux 165, 2018
10.6 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,398

Roland Masson, Maïa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Maïa, 2018
19.3 x 3.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,145

Pol Quadens, Ovoid, Sculpture

Pol Quadens

Ovoid, 2015
98.4 x 196.9 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$34,939

Pol Quadens, Y 01, Sculpture

Pol Quadens

Y 01, 2017
19.7 x 2.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,398

Michel Pourchet, Faune, Sculpture

Michel Pourchet

Faune, 2018
26 x 13.8 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$1,558

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo Di Gabo – M³.3D, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo Di Gabo – M³.3D, 2018
3.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,630

CATeF, Hésitation, Sculpture

CATeF

Hésitation, 2019
11.4 x 5.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$606

Daniel Jung, Paper folies 2, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies 2, 2018
22.8 x 13 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$699

MPCEM, Divagations, N, Sculpture

MPCEM

Divagations, N, 2016
20.1 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,398

Mario Sabaty, Infini, Sculpture

Mario Sabaty

Infini, 2018
27.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,960

Stan Wysocki, A couple, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

A couple, 2017
17.3 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

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Guti, Serpent, Sculpture

Guti

Serpent, 2014
9.1 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Paradox Créations, Tritone PX434, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Tritone PX434, 2013
31.5 x 31.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

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Our recommendations Morgan Blesy, Danse salée, Sculpture

Morgan Blesy

Danse salée, 2018
78.3 x 43.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

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Christine Bazantay, Karine, Sculpture

Christine Bazantay

Karine, 2018
13.4 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

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Philip Hearsey, Narration V 6/9, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Narration V 6/9, 2017
16.1 x 11.8 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

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VanBinh, Compression - Bijoux II, Sculpture

VanBinh

Compression - Bijoux II, 2018
9.4 x 5.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

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Serge Guarnieri, Écume galactique 18, Sculpture

Serge Guarnieri

Écume galactique 18, 2018
26.8 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

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