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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


Shelby, Sculpture Multi Love, Sculpture


Sculpture Multi Love, 2021
40 x 40 x 10 cm


Valerie Marty, Piaf Pop Art Alu brossé 6, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Pop Art Alu brossé 6, 2021
16 x 12 x 10 cm


Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, 2021
45 x 25 x 10 cm

15,000 - $ 25,000

S2Bart, Ourson Hermès, Sculpture


Ourson Hermès, 2021
35 x 28 x 26 cm


Philippe Buil, Solo de violon 107-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Solo de violon 107-21, 2021
35 x 26 x 11 cm


Alain Mimouni, Gold Dollar, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Gold Dollar, 2021
60 x 130 x 7 cm


Hersk, Something to Suck 362, Sculpture


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


Marc Boffin, Teddy petrol coeur (medium), Sculpture

Marc Boffin

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


Vincent Sabatier, Terminator II, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Terminator II, 2021
25 x 16 x 5 cm

$1,636 $2,181

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

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

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


Bernard Pras, Gare au gorille, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Gare au gorille, 2021
90 x 118 x 24 cm


Stoz, Distordishanner "Suffering at the beginning", Sculpture


Distordishanner "Suffering at the beginning", 2021
17 x 17 x 7 cm


César Baldaccini, Le coeur éclaté, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Le coeur éclaté, 1986
53 x 14 x 14 cm


Yohan PLU, Neela, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Neela, 2021
55 x 35 x 17 cm


Mireia Serra, Untamed, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Untamed, 2021
10 x 50 x 5 cm


Spaco, Five N°5 Chanel, Sculpture


Five N°5 Chanel, 2021
24 x 20 x 6 cm


Edu Danesi, Butterfly Effect, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Butterfly Effect, 2021
130 x 120 x 10 cm


Âme Sauvage, Savage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Savage, 2021
14 x 7 x 43 cm


Miss Tic, Des maximes à laver le temps qui passe, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Des maximes à laver le temps qui passe, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm


Patrick Villas, Léopard II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Léopard II, 2021
60 x 151 x 47 cm


Virginia Benedicto, Pépita, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Pépita, 2021
100 x 52 x 0.5 cm


Claude Gilli, Paysage, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

Paysage, 1990
50 x 43 x 10 cm


Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
49 x 20 x 5 cm


Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
29 x 21 x 57 cm

$6,106 $6,785

Zed, Give Your Love H100, Sculpture


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


Emmanuel Bour, Des idées carrées, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Des idées carrées, 2021
50 x 17 x 20 cm


Betsy Enzensberger, Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, 2021
18 x 7.62 x 7.62 cm


Léo  Caillard, Ares au masque, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Ares au masque, 2021
70 x 24 x 28 cm


Ties Ten Bosch, Sara, Sculpture

Ties Ten Bosch

Sara, 2021
76 x 67 x 21 cm


Gaspard Mitz, A well deserved break, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

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


Ed Templeton, Copper Head, Sculpture

Ed Templeton

Copper Head, 2005
45.1 x 16.5 x 7 cm


Thierry Corpet, Big Totem I, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Big Totem I, 2021
165 x 35 x 17 cm

$1,545 $2,060

Marcus Egli, Hominium 2, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Hominium 2, 2018
14 x 5 x 2 cm


Ian Philip, Business Goldorak, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Goldorak, 2021
52 x 15 x 15 cm


Tarek, Custom lettre A, Sculpture


Custom lettre A, 2015
23 x 22 x 5 cm


Julie Jaler, Mini Baril Porsche Gris, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Mini Baril Porsche Gris, 2021
60 x 38 x 38 cm


JP Malot, Toy!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Toy!, 2021
22 x 12 x 14 cm


Fred Meurice, Hommage Keith Haring, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Hommage Keith Haring, 2021
21.5 x 14 x 7 cm


Manuèle Bernardi, Golden hours, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Golden hours, 2021
35 x 40 x 13 cm


Karl Lagasse, Silver one dollar, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Silver one dollar, 2021
34 x 15 x 0.2 cm


Sagrasse, Sweet Love, Sculpture


Sweet Love, 2021
33 x 60 x 23 cm


Maxime Davoust, Like a Venus, Sculpture

Maxime Davoust

Like a Venus, 2021
104 x 31 x 30 cm


Sanne Terweij, When the Sky Turns Purple, Sculpture

Sanne Terweij

When the Sky Turns Purple, 2021
20.5 x 60.5 x 4 cm


Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 2010
60 x 40 x 50 cm


Victor Prodanchuk, Festive, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Festive, 2006
26 x 16 x 14 cm


Josepha, Impermanence, Sculpture


Impermanence, 2018
88 x 21 x 17 cm


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

Alexandre Nicolas

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


Robert Sgarra, Guitar Django, Sculpture

Robert Sgarra

Guitar Django, 2015
202 x 79 x 0.4 cm


Xavier Wttrwulghe, Minnie 3D Banksy, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Minnie 3D Banksy, 2021
43 x 43 x 7 cm


Sébastien Langloÿs, Simone Veil, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Simone Veil, 2020
37 x 29 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


Hiro Ando, Saburo Naotora, Sculpture

Hiro Ando

Saburo Naotora, 2017
50 x 50 x 30 cm


Pere Sala, Trapeci B III, Sculpture

Pere Sala

Trapeci B III, 2021
50 x 20 x 10 cm


Marc Sparza, Farce et pêche, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Farce et pêche, 2021
36 x 30 x 18 cm


Théo MHS, Voiturette Chanel Vintage, Sculpture

Théo MHS

Voiturette Chanel Vintage, 2021
40 x 76 x 38 cm


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

Francky Boy

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


Félix Hemme, 651 Gypsoglyphe, Sculpture

Félix Hemme

651 Gypsoglyphe, 2021
16 x 24 x 4 cm


Jacek Cholewa, Traveller, Sculpture

Jacek Cholewa

Traveller, 2020
19 x 12 x 8.5 cm


Nora Blazeviciute, White Chicken, Sculpture

Nora Blazeviciute

White Chicken, 2021
22 x 22 x 24 cm


François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
47 x 20 x 20 cm


Déesse, Big Star - Smile, Sculpture


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


Jordi Comas, Delest, Sculpture

Jordi Comas

Delest, 2021
21 x 44 x 7 cm


Eyal Finkelstein, Transparent Bulldog, Sculpture

Eyal Finkelstein

Transparent Bulldog, 2020
56 x 27 x 26 cm


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