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Abstract Sculpture

The origins of abstract sculpture lie in the artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. By ceasing to use antiquity as a source of inspiration, which had previously dominated sculptural creation for centuries, Auguste Rodin led the way for modern sculpture. Although Rodin’s sculptures continued to respect the principles of classical art, his work encouraged many 20th century sculptors to break away from traditional conventions.

Rodin’s sculptures were a source of inspiration for Brancusi and his distinctive use of clean, simple lines. He later went on to pave the way for abstract sculpture.

The beginning of the 20th century was marked by several discoveries including key mathematical advances which fascinated intellectuals. At the same time, many exiled European artists arrived in Paris seeking refuge, and formed various different art movements, each one hoping to lead the way for a better world. The World Wars were fundamental in encouraging artists to detach themselves from the violence of their lived realities.

A new form of expression appeared; abstraction! Artists no longer wanted to represent reality in a figural way but explored expressing the immaterial using shapes, colour…

Cubism was responsible for introducing the use of geometric shapes to modern art. Representing real life objects as shapes from different angles allowed the artist to create completely new perspectives. Thank you Pablo Picasso! Sculpture was no longer obliged to represent reality in a literal sense as we see it before our very eyes. Sculpture became the object in its own right, embodying its very essence.

Perhaps out of necessity, Cubists imposed few limits in regards to the materials they worked with, many of which were not as ‘noble’ as those previously used in sculpture and included steel and cardboard.

Several movements were to follow, including Dadaism, Neo-Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, all of which helped to expand abstract art.

Marcel Duchamp, who had shown interest in the movement, introduced the art world to his ‘ready-mades’, establishing the idea that an artwork can be a manufactured object. In his view, it was up to the artist to decide whether something is worthy of being called a work of art or not.

Italian Futurism focused on the representation of movement and was responsible for the creation of kinetic art, in which movement is the artwork itself. One artist in particular had a profound impact on abstract sculpture and that was Thank you Alexander Calder. His famous mobiles were made of thin strips of smooth metal, tied together with strong wire. His colour palette was inspired by Piet Mondrian and he was even quoted as saying: ‘I want to make Mondrians that move.’ Jean Tinguely and Nicolas Schöffer also explored kinetic art and the use of robotics.

As art continued to deal with objects taken from daily life, artists increasingly used poorer materials or objects that had been recycled.

After the Second World War, sculptors could start to be creative on an even bigger scale. Thanks to increased industrialisation, they could produce larger sculptures which were highly weather-resistant, creating possibilities for outdoor creations. Within the Land Art movement, Christo and Jeanne Claude create sculptures which are directly part of the landscape. In Minimalism, the sculpture and its material are determined by its environment so as to highlight the sense of emptiness and space which surrounds it. An excellent example of minimalist sculpture would be Richard Serra’s gigantic creations which allow visitors to explore and wander around inside them.

Some of the biggest names incontemporary sculpture include Anish Kapoor, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Henry Moore Barbara Hepworth, Louise Bourgeois and Sol LeWitt.

Discover Artsper’s collection of abstract sculpture from contemporary artists such as Man Ray, Victor Vasarely, César and Nando Stevoli...

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Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Sauter par dessus bord - 579, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Sauter par dessus bord - 579, 2017
91 x 25 x 31 cm
Sculpture

€1,700

Philippe Pasqua, Vanity, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanity, 2014
55 x 40 x 50 cm
Sculpture

10,000 - € 15,000

Landry Clément, Flabellum (LC48), Sculpture

Landry Clément

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

€620

Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
49 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€150

Manuèle Bernardi, Golden hours, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Golden hours, 2021
35 x 40 x 13 cm
Sculpture

€3,500

Nicolas Delage, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Aphrodite, 2021
250 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

€9,500

François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
47 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,058

Melanie Dulson, Serpent embrasse, Sculpture

Melanie Dulson

Serpent embrasse, 2018
77 x 77 x 18 cm
Sculpture

€1,100

Viktor Zuk, Yellow Cat, Sculpture

Viktor Zuk

Yellow Cat, 2020
16 x 20 x 11 cm
Sculpture

€215

Russell Frampton, Nusakan Plan, Sculpture

Russell Frampton

Nusakan Plan, 2021
85 x 85 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€4,301

Moon Shin, 1969 Smile  Sourire, Sculpture

Moon Shin

1969 Smile Sourire, 1969
30 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€9,500

Martine Saint-Arroman, Devant la fenêtre, Sculpture

Martine Saint-Arroman

Devant la fenêtre, 2010
27 x 27 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

€250

Olga Oreshyna, Daisy twist, Sculpture

Olga Oreshyna

Daisy twist, 2020
61 x 61 x 6.4 cm
Sculpture

€1,641

Gyongy Laky, Traverser, Sculpture

Gyongy Laky

Traverser, 2016
55.9 x 55.9 x 55.9 cm
Sculpture

€29,372

Aldric Bendahmane, Prométhée, Sculpture

Aldric Bendahmane

Prométhée, 2021
74 x 70 x 50 cm
Sculpture

€2,800

Madeleine Dietz, Licht-Erde-Tresor August II, Sculpture

Madeleine Dietz

Licht-Erde-Tresor August II, 2013
81.3 x 91.4 x 10.2 cm
Sculpture

€7,775

Reza, Maternité Motherhood, Sculpture

Reza

Maternité Motherhood, 1987
29 x 29 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€2,950

Antuan Rodriguez, Infinity, Sculpture

Antuan Rodriguez

Infinity, 2020
25.4 x 53.3 x 25.4 cm
Sculpture

€24,189

August Muth, Radiant Spring, Sculpture

August Muth

Radiant Spring, 2021
30.5 x 12.1 x 3.2 cm
Sculpture

€3,456

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

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
30 x 14 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€690

Nathanael Koffi, « 3 », Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

« 3 », 2021
22 x 11.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€200

Christophe Charbonnel, Dryade II, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Dryade II, 2021
51 x 48 x 48 cm
Sculpture

€18,000

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

Chants d’oiseaux, 1992
54 x 68 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€8,500

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

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
36 x 21 x 6 cm
Sculpture

€42,500

Maxime Plancque, N°350, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°350, 2021
147 x 21.5 x 14 cm
Sculpture

€1,200

Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe VII (SG176), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Desert Signe VII (SG176), 2020
72 x 52 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€550

Sébastien Créteur, Fission, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Fission, 2018
43.2 x 21.6 x 21 cm
Sculpture

€1,600

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
18 x 17 x 17 cm
Sculpture

€1,800

Caroline Brisset, Gaïa (CB38), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Gaïa (CB38), 2018
50 x 9 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€500

David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Ensemble (DV11), 2019
42 x 14 x 14 cm
Sculpture

€1,100

Pedro Moreno Linares, Espaces ouverts, Sculpture

Pedro Moreno Linares

Espaces ouverts, 2010
43 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€620

Rafael Barrios, Levitation IV, Sculpture

Rafael Barrios

Levitation IV, 2019
40 x 19 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€5,000

Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture

Shaka

Corps Noir, 2019
120 x 120 x 40 cm
Sculpture

€13,000

Christian Nesler, Pixels de Mer I, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Pixels de Mer I, 2018
38 x 38 x 2 cm
Sculpture

€750

Alberonero, Trave, Sculpture

Alberonero

Trave, 2019
24 x 82 x 24 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Karel Appel, From the Circus series. Flower Clown, Sculpture

Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Flower Clown, 1978
100 x 120 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€37,500

Our recommendations David Moreno, Protegidos, Sculpture

David Moreno

Protegidos, 2019
200 x 80 x 48 cm
Sculpture

€7,000

Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
300 x 120 x 120 cm
Sculpture

€11,900

Our recommendations Julio Le Parc, Mobile Losange Rouge, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Mobile Losange Rouge, 2017
80 x 80 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€14,000

Julie Espiau, Enroulée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Enroulée, 2019
30.5 x 14 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€980

Christine Bazantay, Impulsion, Sculpture

Christine Bazantay

Impulsion, 2018
66 x 58 x 21 cm
Sculpture

€1,970

Eric Liot, Micro Apollon, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Micro Apollon, 2020
45 x 21 x 17 cm
Sculpture

€6,000

Mireille Hottinger, Toliman, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Toliman, 2021
82 x 15 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€1,380

Helder Batista, Stoneage 2.1, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Stoneage 2.1, 2021
63 x 19.5 x 19.5 cm
Sculpture

€2,340 €2,600

Nell et Domingo Politi, Ondas 3, Sculpture

Nell et Domingo Politi

Ondas 3, 2017
105 x 37 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

€1,200

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
53 x 23 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€500

Bengt Lindström, L’esprit de la terre, Sculpture

Bengt Lindström

L’esprit de la terre, 2000
66 x 41 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€6,600

Bounoure & Genevaux, Composition 1, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

Composition 1, 2020
44 x 80 x 3.5 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
25 x 22 x 1.5 cm
Sculpture

€170

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

€2,200

Véronique Clanet, Les Causeuses  --- Bronze - numéroté 1/8., Sculpture

Véronique Clanet

Les Causeuses --- Bronze - numéroté 1/8., 2009
27 x 40 x 26 cm
Sculpture

€6,300

Diego Canogar, Enroscada helicoide II, Sculpture

Diego Canogar

Enroscada helicoide II, 2011
38 x 19 x 16 cm
Sculpture

€1,455

Aldo Chaparro, Md Gold, January 17, 2021 17:36, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Md Gold, January 17, 2021 17:36, 2021
170 x 150 x 30 cm
Sculpture

€18,000

Thierry Martenon, N°080720 (TM72), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°080720 (TM72), 2020
114 x 51 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€8,200

Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

€350

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Waves in Gray, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Waves in Gray, 2021
88 x 90 x 2 cm
Sculpture

€390

L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture

L'Atlas

Abstraction géométrique, 2014
59 x 21 x 9 cm
Sculpture

€3,200

Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
50.8 x 20.4 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Jean-Marc Mariani, Calista, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Calista, 2020
20 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€1,900

Daniel Tostivint, Sans titre, Sculpture

Daniel Tostivint

Sans titre, 2019
40 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

€390

Sophie Théodose, Sculpture lumineuse Entrelacs, Sculpture

Sophie Théodose

Sculpture lumineuse Entrelacs, 2018
25 x 25 x 48 cm
Sculpture

€1,700

Michele Cossyro, White Cosmic Folds, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

White Cosmic Folds, 2017
43 x 46 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

€2,800

Mia Llauder, Bol i fils n°3, Sculpture

Mia Llauder

Bol i fils n°3, 2020
27.2 x 31 x 6.8 cm
Sculpture

€550

Claudio Palmieri, Germination, Sculpture

Claudio Palmieri

Germination, 2005
35 x 33 x 38 cm
Sculpture

€6,000

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