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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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Mauro Corda, Les suricates - Blue, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Les suricates - Blue, 2020
16 x 6.5 x 6 cm


Claude Gilli, L’amour fou, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

L’amour fou, 2010
16 x 11 x 4 cm


Li Lihong, Mini Michelin China Silver, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mini Michelin China Silver, 2020
10 x 9 x 8 cm


Miguel Guía, Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, 2021
28 x 12 x 9 cm


Philippe Buil, Sortir du bois, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Sortir du bois, 2021
38 x 17 x 15 cm


Christophe Charbonnel, Dryade II, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Dryade II, 2021
51 x 48 x 48 cm


Alain Mimouni, Billionaire Club Bear, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Billionaire Club Bear, 2021
30 x 15 x 6 cm


Hersk, Goldo V1, Sculpture


Goldo V1, 2021
30 x 50 x 25 cm

< $ 2,500

Patrick Villas, Petit Léopard sur le rocher, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Petit Léopard sur le rocher, 2017
29 x 23 x 16 cm


Fred Meurice, Flacon Tiger Love Blanc, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Flacon Tiger Love Blanc, 2021
21.5 x 14 x 7 cm


Marc Petit, Le crucifié, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le crucifié, 2004
107 x 60 x 24 cm


Nicolas Krauss, Fast Food Mc Donald, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

Fast Food Mc Donald, 2021
27 x 20 x 23 cm


Vincent Sabatier, Goldorak VIII, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Goldorak VIII, 2021
25 x 16 x 5 cm


Sébastien Créteur, Heresy II, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Heresy II, 2018
13 x 13 x 13 cm


Stoz, Stozland© graffiti panda gun, Sculpture


Stozland© graffiti panda gun, 2021
25 x 24 x 14.3 cm


Eric Liot, Athéna, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Athéna, 2020
99 x 48 x 30 cm


Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Dark Not So Dark, 2021
124 x 50 x 50 cm


David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Equilibre (DV17), 2021
67 x 9 x 5 cm


Benji Pop Art, Maca-art Chanel Noir S, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-art Chanel Noir S, 2021
2 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm


Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm


Benji Pop Art, Maca-Art Dior Pêche M, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-Art Dior Pêche M, 2021
5 x 5 x 2.5 cm


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
29 x 15 x 10 cm


Julie Espiau, Abandonée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Abandonée, 2021
10 x 22 x 17 cm


Chantal de Block, Marie Clara, Sculpture

Chantal de Block

Marie Clara, 2019
67 x 30 x 30 cm

< $ 2,500

Âme Sauvage, Panthère sauvage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Panthère sauvage, 2021
14 x 43 x 7 cm


Shakeart83, Kong Graff, Sculpture


Kong Graff, 2021
20 x 14.5 x 6 cm


PyB, Hope warhol soup, Sculpture


Hope warhol soup, 2021
20 x 20 x 3 cm


Spaco, Skull colors gold, Sculpture


Skull colors gold, 2019
13 x 11 x 18 cm


Valerie Marty, L'Ange, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

L'Ange, 2021
84 x 45 x 30 cm


Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
29 x 15 x 8 cm


Noze, Air Jordan Velour Royal, Sculpture


Air Jordan Velour Royal, 2021
53 x 61 x 10 cm


Emilie Muzy, Tête de Lion, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

Tête de Lion, 2018
60 x 60 x 26 cm


Pablo Picasso, Madoura Ceramic Plate - Tête de chèvre de profil, Ramié 106, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Madoura Ceramic Plate - Tête de chèvre de profil, Ramié 106, 1950
25.1 x 25.1 x 5.1 cm


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
37 x 36 x 12 cm


Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
117 x 84.5 x 6 cm


Sébastien Ruiz, Le légionnaire, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

Le légionnaire, 2020
29 x 12 x 18 cm


Rietje Geurts, Verleiding (Temptation), Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Verleiding (Temptation), 2019
44 x 12 x 10 cm


Boris Jean, Tour Eiffel, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Tour Eiffel, 2017
61 x 32 x 32 cm


Brice Gelot, Message in the bottle, Sculpture

Brice Gelot

Message in the bottle, 2021
25 x 33 x 15 cm


Shelby, Chaplin Layers, Sculpture


Chaplin Layers, 2021
50 x 22 x 10 cm


Anna Sidi Yacoub, Water Reflections in Blue, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Water Reflections in Blue, 2021
88 x 90 x 2 cm


Tarek, Lego 8, Sculpture


Lego 8, 2020
14 x 38 x 19 cm


Costa, Mines, Sculpture


Mines, 2021
60 x 60 x 4 cm


Gaspard Mitz, Special delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special delivery, 2021
24 x 34 x 6 cm


Irena Tone, Cactus, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Cactus, 2020
110 x 40 x 40 cm

$3,661 $4,068

Olivier DeGroote, Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
25.5 x 10 x 10 cm


Jean-François Fouilhoux, Louise, Sculpture

Jean-François Fouilhoux

Louise, 2020
33 x 35 x 11 cm


Arman, Dos de Valentine, Sculpture


Dos de Valentine, 1993
51 x 23.5 x 5 cm


Aldo Chaparro, You, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

You, 2008
101.6 x 264.2 x 5.1 cm


Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2021
30 x 8 x 5 cm


Yaacov Agam, Cercle Haut, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Cercle Haut, 1969
215.9 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm


Betsy Enzensberger, Minty, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Minty, 2019
12.7 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm

$307 $340

Sébastien Langloÿs, La Valse, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

La Valse, 2013
26 x 16 x 13 cm


Santicri, Gold Brush, Sculpture


Gold Brush, 2021
40 x 7 x 1 cm


Vincent Duchêne, Minion Tomato Soup Heart, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

Minion Tomato Soup Heart, 2021
27 x 10 x 10 cm

$1,224 $1,360

Thierry Corpet, Totem - Parker, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem - Parker, 2021
45 x 20 x 9.5 cm


Yves Pires, Eva, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Eva, 2016
55 x 47 x 8 cm


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref 328, Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref 328, 2021
38 x 30 x 23 cm


Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, 2021
71 x 26 x 0.6 cm


Pierre-Luc Poujol, Dripping energy, Sculpture

Pierre-Luc Poujol

Dripping energy, 2021
198 x 17 x 6 cm


Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours pop art Moncler, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Pand'ours pop art Moncler, 2020
40 x 35 x 35 cm


Yannick Bouillault, Yellow period, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

Yellow period, 2021
16 x 6.5 x 5 cm


Karen Marre, Elévation 6, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Elévation 6, 2020
44 x 55 x 19 cm


Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984
51 x 35 x 35 cm


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