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Animal Sculpture

Animal sculpture is a sculptural style in its own right. This specific genre deserves the same recognition as nude, marble, bronze and resin sculpture.

The representation of animals and the animal body has long been a source of inspiration for sculptural creations and yet it was once considered a minor genre in Western European decorative arts. Ironically, animal sculpture was of the utmost importance to Ancient civilisations. Countless ancient Egyptian buildings for example were adorned with grandiose representations of felines and Sphinxes. More generally within the visual arts, animals were rarely represented in their own right, and were often depicted accompanying or symbolising mythological figures or even character traits.

Aside from its mythical representations, animal sculptures were also popular with suzerain states who used monumental bronze sculptures of lions or eagles to symbolise the immensity of their power.

However it wasn't until 1831 that the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye finally established animal sculpture as a noble art, thanks to his work Tiger devouring a Gavial Crocodile at the Salon de Paris. It was no longer fashionable to depict animals as unreal, mythological creatures in the decorative arts and instead naturalism and realistic representations of animals characterised the sculpture of the period.

Ideas about nature's wealth and abundance meant that all creatures deserved to be carefully and meticulously recreated in the closest likeness possible. Mythical animal interpretations were left behind and artists concentrated on capturing the finer details of an animal's fur, muscles or mouth.

A new wave of renowned sculptors emerged. Pierre-Jules Mêne, Antoine Aigon and Jean Germain Demay are just a few examples of some of these pioneering artists. Particularly interested in 'exotic' species (snakes, gazelles, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses…), they all explored representing the natural world in a variety of different ways.

In the 20th century, realist tendencies gradually faded away and a new group of creative minds began to experiment with animal sculpture as part of the shift towards modern sculpture.

Numerous artists tried their hand at animal sculpture whilst applying new aesthetic criteria which was largely influenced by modern and contemporary art movements: Abstract art, Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism. Guided by key surrealist influences, which could not have been further removed from the traditional styles of the past century, a new bestiary was created. Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti were among the key figures who helped to reinvent the way artists endeavoured to sculpt animals.

In contemporary animal sculpture, radically redefining artistic techniques and the way we represent living beings has taken precedence over realistic proportion sizes and lifelike features. Artists no longer refrain from accentuating a particular body part, removing a limb for example or creating an entirely new hybrid beast. However, many artists are also skilled at creating hyper realistic animals that seem so real they almost appear to be alive.

To help you get an idea of the latest animal sculptures, take a look at Artsper's collection of sculpted animals, selected from some of the best contemporary art galleries and made by artists including Jacques Dufrane, Raymundo Fabian Melchor and Roxana y Jesus Hernandez.



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Viktor Zuk, Red Proud Cat, Sculpture

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Philippe Geluck, J'ai les boules (mini), Sculpture

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€990

Fred Meurice, Butterfly Multicolore, Sculpture

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Diederik Van Apple, Follow your dreams, Sculpture

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Boureima Ouedraogo, Sapeur éléphant, Sculpture

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Hiro Ando, United Pandasan, Sculpture

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Christine Guillemin, Jeune Cerf, Sculpture

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Priscilla Vettese, Funky Dog - (Bulldog Statue), Sculpture

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Ventsislav Markov, Dominance, Sculpture

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€1,200

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Maxime Davoust, Cheval Bleu Klein, Sculpture

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140 x 20 x 20 cm
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€1,100

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€1,600

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35 x 22 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

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€500

Lis Sam, Jardin majorelle, Sculpture

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30 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

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Sculpture

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Jean Amiel, Poule faisane, Sculpture

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30 x 25 x 50 cm
Sculpture

€1,200

Stathis Alexopoulos, French Bulldog, Sculpture

Stathis Alexopoulos

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22 x 20 x 12 cm
Sculpture

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Chanoir, Cha Basketteur, Sculpture

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Cha Basketteur, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€4,650

Longet, Pitbull! Hermès, Sculpture

Longet

Pitbull! Hermès, 2021
45 x 60 x 15 cm
Sculpture

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Hellen Halftermeyer, Red bird, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Red bird, 2021
30 x 80 x 55 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture

Manat

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Sculpture

€1,500

Kunstrasen, Most is what you make of it?, Sculpture

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Most is what you make of it?, 2019
15.2 x 20.3 x 5.1 cm
Sculpture

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Joke Dog 2, 2019
70 x 40 x 66 cm
Sculpture

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