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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 César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

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


Philip Hearsey, Always 4 of 9, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Always 4 of 9, 2017
15.4 x 9.8 x 3.1 inch


Bernard Froment, Sahune, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Sahune, 2015
55.1 x 43.3 x 18.1 inch


Equipo 57, Untitled, Sculpture

Equipo 57

Untitled, 1960
13.8 x 18.9 x 15.7 inch


Laurelle Bessé, Jardin suspendu, Sculpture

Laurelle Bessé

Jardin suspendu, 2018
78.7 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch


Anany, Pierre de Rêve L, Sculpture


Pierre de Rêve L, 2018
13.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Olivier Mathé, Miss Zaza, Sculpture

Olivier Mathé

Miss Zaza, 2017
42.5 x 16.5 x 5.5 inch


Frédéric Beaufils, Spirale bleue, Sculpture

Frédéric Beaufils

Spirale bleue, 2008
36.6 x 15.4 x 15.7 inch


Our recommendations Olivier Moravik, Radius, Sculpture

Olivier Moravik

Radius, 2017
16.5 x 39.4 x 15 inch


Andrea Lomanzo, La Jaune, Sculpture

Andrea Lomanzo

La Jaune, 2012
59.1 x 47.2 x 19.7 inch


Laure Sulger, Under Blanc Medium, Sculpture

Laure Sulger

Under Blanc Medium, 2010
5.9 x 5.9 x 7.9 inch


Our recommendations Rosette Bir, Sans titre, Sculpture

Rosette Bir

Sans titre, 1980
47.2 x 26 x 26 inch


Vincent Mauger, Sans Titre, Sculpture

Vincent Mauger

Sans Titre, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Our recommendations Judith Nem's, Sans titre, Sculpture

Judith Nem's

Sans titre, 2007
96.1 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (304), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (304), 2019
84.6 x 51.2 x 37.4 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 Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (303), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (303), 2019
21.7 x 12.6 x 9.1 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

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


Nicolas Dubreuille, Le rêveur, Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Le rêveur, 2014
70.9 x 35.4 x 47.2 inch


Our recommendations Mpcem, Anabase, Sculpture


Anabase, 2019
120.1 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch


Mpcem, Libre pensée, Sculpture


Libre pensée, 2014
110.2 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch


Mpcem, L'esprit c'est l'idée du corps, Sculpture


L'esprit c'est l'idée du corps, 2017
133.9 x 55.1 x 43.3 inch


Arno, Full or, Sculpture


Full or, 2018
32.7 x 8.3 x 6.3 inch


Our recommendations Stratos, Dream, Sculpture


Dream, 2018
12.6 x 3.9 x 2.4 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Nailed it Series No. 91, Sculpture

Sumit Mehndiratta

Nailed it Series No. 91, 2019
31.9 x 94.9 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Stratos, Ma femme adorée, Sculpture


Ma femme adorée, 2015
29.9 x 9.4 x 6.3 inch


Stratos, Interplanétaire, Sculpture


Interplanétaire, 2019
27.6 x 18.9 x 1.2 inch


Christine Bazantay, Infini, Sculpture

Christine Bazantay

Infini, 2017
24.4 x 21.7 x 10.6 inch


Victoire d'Harcourt, Terre patinée, Sculpture

Victoire d'Harcourt

Terre patinée, 2016
15.7 x 13.4 x 6.3 inch


Bernard Froment, Entre Nous, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Entre Nous, 2017
25.2 x 16.1 x 7.9 inch


Bernard Froment, Totem S, Sculpture

Bernard Froment

Totem S, 2007
81.5 x 16.5 x 7.9 inch


CiEs, Cross Back, Sculpture


Cross Back, 2017
14.6 x 16.5 x 15 inch

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Béatrice Hug, Totem Violet, Sculpture

Béatrice Hug

Totem Violet, 2013
70.9 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch


Béatrice Hug, Totem Azur, Sculpture

Béatrice Hug

Totem Azur, 2013
35.4 x 3.9 x 2 inch


Béatrice Hug, Totem gold, Sculpture

Béatrice Hug

Totem gold, 2013
35.4 x 3.9 x 1.3 inch


Bruce Kirby, Ooilith, Sculpture

Bruce Kirby

Ooilith, 2018
15.7 x 17.7 x 15.7 inch


Daniel Jung, Paper folies 4, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies 4, 2018
27.6 x 13 x 5.9 inch


Jean-Paul Boyer, Sm 747 "S de Sculpture", Sculpture

Jean-Paul Boyer

Sm 747 "S de Sculpture", 2019
44.5 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch


Rusen Doykov, Blue, Sculpture

Rusen Doykov

Blue, 2018
43.7 x 14.6 x 11.8 inch


Elie Hirsch, Destring (EH06), Sculpture

Elie Hirsch

Destring (EH06), 2012
13.8 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Our recommendations Catherine Webb, Rotation I, Sculpture

Catherine Webb

Rotation I, 2016
11 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch


Pasturo, Roca azul, Sculpture


Roca azul, 2015
55.1 x 35.4 x 27.6 inch


Gareth Griffiths, Burbank, Sculpture

Gareth Griffiths

Burbank, 2016
74.8 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch


César Baldaccini, Automobile compression, Print

César Baldaccini

Automobile compression, 1980
40 x 31 inch

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César Baldaccini, Compression portable, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression portable, 1970
1.4 x 0.6 x 0.6 inch

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Paradox Créations, Electric storm, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Electric storm, 2017
118.1 x 141.7 x 141.7 inch

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Charlotte Falcini, Vertigo, Sculpture

Charlotte Falcini

Vertigo, 2013
15 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch

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Jean Isnard, Ebène, Sculpture

Jean Isnard

Ebène, 2017
6.9 x 7.9 x 3.1 inch

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Agnès K., Contrastes, Sculpture

Agnès K.

Contrastes, 2017
15 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch

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