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Animals are often featured in news, sometimes in heartwarming tales of human and animal companionship and other times in heartbreaking stories of illegal trade and endangered species. Animals are even present in social sciences, especially thank to  ethology (behavioural sciences of animals in their natural habitat). They have fascinated philosophers from Antiquity all the way through to today and they are even present in the medical realm, as the benefits of animal-assisted therapies have been scientifically proven. 

The relationship between humans and animals is also taken into account in the politics, most notably when debating topics related to ecology, the protection of ecosystems and sustainable development. Thus, animals might be seen as a crucial indicator of humanity's concerns. 

As well in these many sectors, animals are also very much present in the arts. A number of art museums have decided exhibitions to animals including the Cluny Museum in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Whether simply a humble spectator in an 18th century painting or the central subject of a Courbet painting, animals are present throughout the history of art. From symbolic, to esthetic, to abstract, to animal drawings meant to simply record their appearance...all these representations have played a role in influencing artists and also how we characterise and think of individual animals.

Each civilisation has represented the animal on multiples supports (mosaics, metal, stone, bones, etc.) as seen on the Nerja cave wall paintings in Andalusia discovered in 1925. Animal iconography has had multiple purposes, varying according to the era and place. Bats, for example, are often used to represent death, fear or superstition in Western art, whereas the Chinese see them as a sign of happiness. The omnipresence of animals within cultures across the globe is probably down to the similarities between men and animal, a source of both fascination and fear. 

In this selection, Artsper helps you to discover the beauty of the animal kingdom, its diversity, strength and fragility. Artists depict animals in a huge range of mediums: sculpture, painting, photographs, and drawings. Contemporary artists bring an original and poetic vision to their representations of the animals with whom we share our world.

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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, bleu mick, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, bleu mick, 2021
31 x 23 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$5,025

Atsuko Ishii, Dress for tea, Fine Art Drawings

Atsuko Ishii

Dress for tea, 2019
30 x 24 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Nathanael Koffi, Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, 2020
11 x 7.5 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$179

Gediminas Endriekus, Witch Horse, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Witch Horse, 2018
16 x 7 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$2,632

Andrzej Fogtt, Two tigers, Painting

Andrzej Fogtt

Two tigers, 2019
57 x 76 cm
Painting

$1,795

Flow, Birds, Painting

Flow

Birds, 2020
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,829

Francoise Augustine, Huginn, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Huginn, 2021
65 x 50 cm
Painting

$1,197

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens 10, 2020
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$706

Clive Meredith, Barn Owl portrait, Painting

Clive Meredith

Barn Owl portrait, 2021
25 x 20 x 4 cm
Painting

$1,247

Boureima Ouedraogo, Poulet bicyclette, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Poulet bicyclette, 2021
35 x 18 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$479

Patrick Cornée, My French Bulldog has a cool style, Sculpture

Patrick Cornée

My French Bulldog has a cool style, 2021
28 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$2,477 $2,752

Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
80 x 80 cm
Painting

$1,244

Philippe Maillebuau, Gaulle : la danse des menhirs - série Bande dessinée, Painting

Philippe Maillebuau

Gaulle : la danse des menhirs - série Bande dessinée, 2021
65 x 92 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,436

Ellie Hesse, Jungle Jive (Jungle Book), Painting

Ellie Hesse

Jungle Jive (Jungle Book), 2021
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,483

Daniel Byrne, Crown, Sculpture

Daniel Byrne

Crown, 2020
54 x 54 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,065

Grégory Gérard, Les profondeurs, Painting

Grégory Gérard

Les profondeurs, 2021
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$485 $538

Peshala Premathilake, Floating  Islands, Painting

Peshala Premathilake

Floating Islands, 2021
70 x 100 cm
Painting

$485

Albena Vatcheva, Portrait aux perles, Painting

Albena Vatcheva

Portrait aux perles, 2021
80 x 80 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$4,200 $4,667

Philippe Jacq, Le 16 février, Painting

Philippe Jacq

Le 16 février, 2021
50 x 70 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,470

Léa Poncharal, Orange and Blue Flight, Sculpture

Léa Poncharal

Orange and Blue Flight, 2021
30 x 37 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$4,547

Alexander Daniloff, Volare!, Painting

Alexander Daniloff

Volare!, 2021
38 x 14 x 0.6 cm
Painting

$280 $311

Erol, L'envol, Sculpture

Erol

L'envol, 2021
53 x 42 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$13,162

Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

Dans L'oeil du futur, 2021
40 x 40 x 4 cm
Print

$694

Patrick Villas, Leopard II maquette, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Leopard II maquette, 2021
28 x 60 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$11,965

Dran, Sunset, Print

Dran

Sunset, 2015
37.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

$3,476

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Mechanical cow, Painting

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Mechanical cow, 2021
60 x 60 x 3.5 cm
Painting

$722 $801

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Snoopy Hippie, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Snoopy Hippie, 2021
50 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,829

Teppei Ikehila, Untitled, Painting

Teppei Ikehila

Untitled, 2021
33 x 33 x 3 cm
Painting

$658

Mosko, Panthère rose, Painting

Mosko

Panthère rose, 2021
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,017

Menashe Kadishman, Purple Sheep, Painting

Menashe Kadishman

Purple Sheep, 1990
79 x 59 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,400

Sreya Gupta, Dazzling Hues, Painting

Sreya Gupta

Dazzling Hues, 2021
61 x 91.4 cm
Painting

$957

Noël Granger, Le coq Marcel, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Le coq Marcel, 2021
35 x 25 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$132

Le Corbusier, Unité. Planche 14, Print

Le Corbusier

Unité. Planche 14, 1965
57 x 45 x 0.2 cm
Print

$4,667

Valérie Crausaz, Enfant et buse, Painting

Valérie Crausaz

Enfant et buse, 2020
76.5 x 58 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,914

Elia Pagliarino, Photo de famille, Painting

Elia Pagliarino

Photo de famille, 2020
125 x 95 x 2 cm
Painting

$3,949

Patopalomo, Konfina2, Painting

Patopalomo

Konfina2, 2021
70 x 50 x 0.24 cm
Painting

$670

Diana Malivani, Still Life with Chinese Porcelain, Painting

Diana Malivani

Still Life with Chinese Porcelain, 2021
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$5,983

Monkeybird, Anagogie, Print

Monkeybird

Anagogie, 2021
52 x 52 x 0.2 cm
Print

$299

Seb Paul Michel, MIaooo abstrat III, Painting

Seb Paul Michel

MIaooo abstrat III, 2020
65 x 54 x 2 cm
Painting

$431 $479

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One), Extinction, Painting

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One)

Extinction, 2020
80 x 60 x 1 cm
Painting

$479

Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
40 x 40 cm
Photography

$1,017

BB.Queen, Monster and Cat, Painting

BB.Queen

Monster and Cat, 2021
25 x 15 x 2 cm
Painting

$168

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Octobre, the hairless cat III, Fine Art Drawings

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Octobre, the hairless cat III, 2020
65 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,017

M.Cros, Plein la crinière, Painting

M.Cros

Plein la crinière, 2021
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Painting

$1,436

Yasmine Esfandiary, Tree of life N°1, Painting

Yasmine Esfandiary

Tree of life N°1, 2021
61 x 50 x 2 cm
Painting

$479

Nicole Leidenfrost, Stier 2, Fine Art Drawings

Nicole Leidenfrost

Stier 2, 2019
59.7 x 42 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$873

Gizi, Adios, Painting

Gizi

Adios, 2008
81 x 100 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,991

Gérard Garouste, Le minotaure _ l'Apiculteur et les indiens, Print

Gérard Garouste

Le minotaure _ l'Apiculteur et les indiens, 2009
19 x 12 x 1 cm
Print

$838

Thea van Doorn, Orange Compagnons - Series Women and Dog, Painting

Thea van Doorn

Orange Compagnons - Series Women and Dog, 2020
10 x 15 x 0.2 cm
Painting

$179

Walter Barrientos, Sans titre, Painting

Walter Barrientos

Sans titre, 2020
70 x 50 x 0.4 cm
Painting

$658

Sabek Nonsense, Résurrection, Print

Sabek Nonsense

Résurrection, 2021
40 x 30 x 3 cm
Print

$897

Hunt Slonem, Pink diamond, Painting

Hunt Slonem

Pink diamond, 2021
25.4 x 20.3 x 5.1 cm
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Clara Crespin, Planète bleue, Painting

Clara Crespin

Planète bleue, 2016
27 x 41 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$1,017

Malika Sajeevani, Self Portrait, Painting

Malika Sajeevani

Self Portrait, 2014
90 x 70 cm
Painting

$743 $825

ZiB, La chatte en chasse, Painting

ZiB

La chatte en chasse, 2020
100 x 81 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,393

Isabelle Carabantes, Lièvre, Sculpture

Isabelle Carabantes

Lièvre, 2020
45.5 x 21.5 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$5,145

J Eleme, Bestiaire, Painting

J Eleme

Bestiaire, 2020
33 x 41 x 2 cm
Painting

$538

Fariba Rahnavard, Disaster Never Rests, Painting

Fariba Rahnavard

Disaster Never Rests, 2018
100 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$6,940

D.Largo, Tango, Print

D.Largo

Tango, 2021
40 x 40 cm
Print

$598

Jorge Castillo, Batiburillo, Print

Jorge Castillo

Batiburillo, 1978
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm
Print

$299

Rem Pirumov, Waiting II, Painting

Rem Pirumov

Waiting II, 2021
49 x 30 x 2 cm
Painting

$395

Amarkine Amarteifio, Horses, Painting

Amarkine Amarteifio

Horses, 1998
57.2 x 119.4 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$5,900

Jamal Uddin Ahmed, Untitled, Painting

Jamal Uddin Ahmed

Untitled, 2021
76.2 x 365.8 x 7.6 cm
Painting

$7,500

Laurent Garcin, Sweet Dragon Gentil, Sculpture

Laurent Garcin

Sweet Dragon Gentil, 1983
30 x 40 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$5,923

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