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Although humans began to sculpt for ritualistic purposes or to create tools very early on, the history of sculpture can be separated into two key periods.

The first period stretches from Antiquity to the 19th century. The various artistic movements which cover these 20 centuries were deeply inspired by ancient Greek art and in particular by their sculptures, which adorned the temples and paid tribute to their mythological Gods by representing the human body in its most ideal form. The first to be inspired by this art were the Romans, who copied many ancient Greek sculptures and modelled them in the likeness of Gods but also of important figures in society. Medieval art, just like Roman art, took a more political turn but also a religious one as Catholicism spread across Europe.

Churches were built and sculpture became an integral part of their architecture, in particular in Romanesque and Gothic art. It was finally during the Renaissance that sculpture once again became closely linked to classical works, especially with sculptures that were much more anatomically precise.. Nude sculptures became very popular and represented a real feat sculptors who knew how to create them were held in high esteem. Heavily inspired by painting, the subjects represented became increasingly more expressive…

In the 17th century, sculptors began to push the style of Antiquity further and sculpture became dramatic and picturesque. It wasn't until the 19th century that classicism became fashionable again.

The end of the 19th century was a pivotal time in the history of sculpture. It marked the end of centuries of inspiration from Antiquity. The instigator of change was none other than Auguste Rodin who, after an inspiring journey to Italy, brought a breath of fresh air to the world of sculpture. Even if his style remains quite academic, he influenced many 20th century sculptors.

Different ideas about art were born in the 20th century with modern and contemporary sculpture. Cubists like Pablo Picasso depicted perspective from different angles; Brancusi and his simple, refined wooden sculptures led the way for abstract art in the years to follow; Dadaism, a provocative style free of any kind of artistic norms, produced the first ready-mades with Marcel Duchamp; Jean Tinguely grappled with technology to create his imperfect machines…

It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that contemporary sculpture appeared with Conceptual Art, where the idea behind the work took precedence over the aesthetic and the Fluxus movement which radically questioned the foundations of artwork. The 60s also saw the rise of minimalism and artists putting into practice Mies Van Der Rohe's conviction that 'less is more'. Other contemporary artists such as Richard Serra, Carl André and Donald Judd created very architectural works. There was Pop Art but also Land Art, monumental artworks created in the very heart of nature, and of course, Arte Povera, which rejected consumer society and turned its focus towards nature and the ephemeral.

On Artsper, you'll find a carefully chosen selection of sculptures which cover all the latest sculptural trends in contemporary art. You will find sculptures made of bronze, marble, clay,  paper, plaster, steel, neon, metal, glass,  resin, iron, terra cotta and wood. When looking for a sculpture to buy; you can either choose a large-scale work or one of a more reasonable size. You could opt for a piece which easily fits in with your interior design or you could go for a monumental piece as a bold addition to your collection. You could even choose an outdoor sculpture like the ones made by our artists Nicolas Dubreuille and Etienne Rey. In our “Famous artists" category you will find artists such as Arman , Carlos Cruz Diez, Philippe Pasqua and Damien Hirst and in our "Emerging Artists" category we have Bastien Cuenot, Emeric Chantier and Gaspard Mitz.

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Miguel Guía, En attendant le prochain voyage, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

En attendant le prochain voyage, 2021
47 x 11.5 x 10 cm


Miss Tic, La guerre de toi n'aura pas lieu, Sculpture

Miss Tic

La guerre de toi n'aura pas lieu, 2021
40 x 20 x 10 cm


Richard Orlinski, Wild heart, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild heart, 2021
32 x 25 x 5 cm

5,000 - € 10,000

Alain Mimouni, Gold Dollar, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Gold Dollar, 2021
60 x 130 x 7 cm


S2Bart, Ourson Hermès, Sculpture


Ourson Hermès, 2021
35 x 28 x 26 cm


Arman, Panthère, Sculpture


Panthère, 2002
28 x 48 x 8 cm


Marc Boffin, Teddy petrol coeur (medium), Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Teddy petrol coeur (medium), 2020
21 x 20 x 17 cm


Vincent Sabatier, Heart Blue, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Heart Blue, 2021
25 x 16 x 5 cm

€1,350 €1,800

Hersk, Something to Suck 362, Sculpture


Something to Suck 362, 2021
62 x 25 x 5 cm


Bernard Pras, 226. Pinocchio, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

226. Pinocchio, 2021
100 x 81 x 45 cm


Spaco, Napoléon, Sculpture


Napoléon, 2021
20 x 18 x 11 cm


Edu Danesi, Butterfly Effect, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Butterfly Effect, 2021
130 x 120 x 10 cm


Virginia Benedicto, Pépita, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Pépita, 2021
100 x 52 x 0.5 cm


Stoz, W Worm, Sculpture


W Worm, 2021
18 x 12 x 12 cm

€360 €400

Âme Sauvage, Blue lion, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Blue lion, 2021
31 x 25 x 13 cm


Philippe Pasqua, Vanity, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanity, 2014
55 x 40 x 50 cm

10,000 - € 15,000

Benji Pop Art, Maca-art Dior blanc/rose fluo S, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-art Dior blanc/rose fluo S, 2021
2 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


Patrick Villas, Affinity IV, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Affinity IV, 2021
213 x 150 x 77 cm


Claude Gilli, Paysage, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

Paysage, 1990
50 x 43 x 10 cm


Valerie Marty, Piaf Picots L, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Picots L, 2021
35 x 23 x 14 cm


Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
29 x 21 x 57 cm


Ghost Art, Monkey business, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Monkey business, 2020
57 x 37 x 47 cm


Marcelo Martin Burgos, Hibou, Sculpture

Marcelo Martin Burgos

Hibou, 2021
165 x 24.5 x 24.5 cm


Zed, Give Your Love H100, Sculpture


Give Your Love H100, 2021
83 x 31 x 23 cm


Landry Clément, Flabellum (LC48), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Flabellum (LC48), 2021
34 x 22 x 3 cm


Olivier Messas, Les amoureux... (Terre d'enfants), Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Les amoureux... (Terre d'enfants), 2021
23 x 15 x 16 cm


Betsy Enzensberger, Lemon Periwinkle Lollipop, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Lemon Periwinkle Lollipop, 2019
27.9 x 25.4 x 55 cm


Ian Philip, Business Goldorak, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Goldorak, 2021
52 x 15 x 15 cm


Ed Templeton, Copper Head, Sculpture

Ed Templeton

Copper Head, 2005
45.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm


Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
49 x 20 x 5 cm


Gaspard Mitz, A well deserved break, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

A well deserved break, 2021
24 x 34 x 6 cm


Tarek, Custom lettre A, Sculpture


Custom lettre A, 2015
23 x 22 x 5 cm


Romain Langlois, Masque de Jéricho, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Masque de Jéricho, 2014
56 x 23 x 25 cm


Karl Lagasse, Silver one dollar, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Silver one dollar, 2021
34 x 15 x 0.2 cm


Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2019
27 x 8 x 6 cm


PyB, Lacoste Supreme, Sculpture


Lacoste Supreme, 2021
15 x 27 x 3 cm


JP Malot, Toy!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Toy!, 2021
22 x 12 x 14 cm


Manuèle Bernardi, Golden hours, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Golden hours, 2021
35 x 40 x 13 cm


Sagrasse, Sweet Love, Sculpture


Sweet Love, 2021
33 x 60 x 23 cm


JM Collell, Jimi Hendrix 1, Sculpture

JM Collell

Jimi Hendrix 1, 2021
115 x 90 x 10 cm

5,000 - € 10,000

Léo  Caillard, Venus Sine, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Venus Sine, 2020
65 x 69 x 26 cm


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Strie#5, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Strie#5, 2021
39 x 8 x 8 cm


Fred Meurice, Hommage Keith Haring, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Hommage Keith Haring, 2021
21.5 x 14 x 7 cm


Nicolas Delage, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Aphrodite, 2021
250 x 50 x 50 cm


Julie Jaler, Grenade Porsche Grise, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Grenade Porsche Grise, 2021
22 x 9 x 9 cm


Alexandre Nicolas, Yoda Egg (#51/101), Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Yoda Egg (#51/101), 2017
21 x 13 x 13 cm


Josepha, Petite parenthèse rouge, Sculpture


Petite parenthèse rouge, 2018
26 x 20 x 18 cm


Sébastien Langloÿs, Simone Veil, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Simone Veil, 2020
37 x 29 x 17 cm


Victor Prodanchuk, Sofia Sheptytska, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Sofia Sheptytska, 2019
65 x 32 x 32 cm


Valerian Sioridzé, Panda, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Panda, 2021
22 x 14 x 17 cm


Noël Granger, Boîte à messages  "je t'aime", Sculpture

Noël Granger

Boîte à messages "je t'aime", 2021
16 x 9 x 9 cm


Xavier Wttrwulghe, Minnie Hippie Rose, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Minnie Hippie Rose, 2021
40 x 20 x 20 cm


Francky Boy, Sky en Suisse (bas relief), Sculpture

Francky Boy

Sky en Suisse (bas relief), 2011
48 x 40 x 7.5 cm


Mister Sicily, Stick woman Italy, Sculpture

Mister Sicily

Stick woman Italy, 2021
23 x 15 x 10 cm

€238 €280

Félix Hemme, 651 Gypsoglyphe, Sculpture

Félix Hemme

651 Gypsoglyphe, 2021
16 x 24 x 4 cm


Hiro Ando, Warriorcat diamondsstrass, Sculpture

Hiro Ando

Warriorcat diamondsstrass, 2011
100 x 150 x 70 cm


François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
47 x 20 x 20 cm


Charles Fazzino, La Magnificence de Paris, Sculpture

Charles Fazzino

La Magnificence de Paris, 2019
59 x 40 x 3 cm


Jean-François Gambino, Gibraltard  8/8, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

Gibraltard 8/8, 2021
47 x 15 x 15 cm


Thierry Benenati, Baby Bling-bling, Sculpture

Thierry Benenati

Baby Bling-bling, 2011
37 x 40 x 27 cm

15,000 - € 25,000

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa, Acrobat Game, Sculpture

Joanna Zakrzewska-Cholewa

Acrobat Game, 2021
28 x 11 x 18 cm


Natalie Laudon, Western comics, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Western comics, 2021
95 x 56 x 56 cm


Déesse, Big Star - Smile, Sculpture


Big Star - Smile, 2018
50 x 38 x 20 cm


Viktor Zuk, Sweet Rabbit, Sculpture

Viktor Zuk

Sweet Rabbit, 2021
13 x 5.5 x 7.5 cm


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