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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...

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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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

Hersk, Something to suck 363, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to suck 363, 2021
62 x 25 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$778

Alain Olivieri, Orisha, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Orisha, 2021
32 x 9 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$742

JC Thorez, B6 Inox, Sculpture

JC Thorez

B6 Inox, 2021
22 x 11 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,914

Maxime Plancque, N°359, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°359, 2021
114 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$1,795

Erol, L'envol, Sculpture

Erol

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

$13,162

Yann Perrier, Sphère 1205, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère 1205, 2021
22 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$4,487

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (311), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (311), 2021
55 x 28 x 28 cm
Sculpture

$4,846

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Alien Spider Sculpture Gold Legs Abstract Animal Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Alien Spider Sculpture Gold Legs Abstract Animal Sculpture, 2021
10 x 18.5 x 18.5 cm
Sculpture

$769 $961

Kuno Vollet, Love's Bond, Sculpture

Kuno Vollet

Love's Bond, 2020
85 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$5,971

Philippe Berry, Splash Violet, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Splash Violet, 2006
60 x 70 x 5 cm
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Aldric Bendahmane, L'attente, Sculpture

Aldric Bendahmane

L'attente, 2021
32 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$419

Fabian Albertini, Linhas #6, Sculpture

Fabian Albertini

Linhas #6, 2021
51 x 28 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$4,667

Anany, Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, Sculpture

Anany

Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, 2021
8 x 7.5 x 0.3 cm
Sculpture

$179

Didier Ferré, Idylle, Sculpture

Didier Ferré

Idylle, 2021
31 x 11 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,137

Yannick Bouillault, L'élégant, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

L'élégant, 2021
42 x 15 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,556

Noah Kashiani, The Bitter End Upcycled Shirts, Sculpture

Noah Kashiani

The Bitter End Upcycled Shirts, 2020
91.4 x 40.6 x 25.4 cm
Sculpture

$8,000

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di gabo - Chiave M³.Ma1, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo - Chiave M³.Ma1, 2021
22 x 40 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$5,384

Laurent Garcin, Sweet Dragon Gentil, Sculpture

Laurent Garcin

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

$5,923

Cha Môkeur, Excentric Balancing, Sculpture

Cha Môkeur

Excentric Balancing, 2020
45 x 25 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$682

Martine Colignon, L'arbre aux carreaux Tiles tree, Sculpture

Martine Colignon

L'arbre aux carreaux Tiles tree, 1987
90 x 46 x 43 cm
Sculpture

$7,060

Minoru Kano, Totem, Sculpture

Minoru Kano

Totem, 1979
18.5 x 12 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$5,863

El Anatsui, Untitled, Sculpture

El Anatsui

Untitled, 1991
76.2 x 232.4 x 1.3 cm
Sculpture

$96,000

Joseph Salamon, Sculpture bas relief, Sculpture

Joseph Salamon

Sculpture bas relief, 1979
30 x 27 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$1,042 $3,470

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

$826

Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$574

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

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

$10,171

Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Or, 2013
18 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$957

Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
15 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$1,795

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

César Baldaccini

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

$50,853

Joëlle Laboue, Sil 1, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Sil 1, 2021
45 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$586

Christine Bazantay, Impulsion, Sculpture

Christine Bazantay

Impulsion, 2018
66 x 58 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$2,357

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
18 x 17 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$2,154

Laurelle Bessé, Arbre sur roche, Sculpture

Laurelle Bessé

Arbre sur roche, 2018
84 x 17 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$957

Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

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

$14,239

Christian Nesler, Pixels de Mer I, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

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

$1,436

Pedro Moreno Linares, Espaces ouverts, Sculpture

Pedro Moreno Linares

Espaces ouverts, 2010
43 x 16 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$742

Roland Masson, Fila, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Fila, 2018
45 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,017

Alberonero, Trave, Sculpture

Alberonero

Trave, 2019
24 x 82 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

Costa, Aix 21 Km, Sculpture

Costa

Aix 21 Km, 2021
90 x 90 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$9,572

Mireille Hottinger, Toliman, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Toliman, 2021
82 x 15 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,651

Our recommendations Julio Le Parc, Mobile Losange Rouge, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

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

$16,752

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

$44,870

David Moreno, Vertical en construction 1, Sculpture

David Moreno

Vertical en construction 1, 2021
54 x 33 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$3,590

Sébastien Créteur, Monyalos orange N°1/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Monyalos orange N°1/8, 2018
8 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$455

Homek & Jerome Mesnager, Passage #2, Sculpture

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

Passage #2, 2021
60 x 100 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,991

David Sprakes, From another world, Sculpture

David Sprakes

From another world, 2021
15 x 34 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$2,090

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,632

Bengt Lindström, L’esprit de la terre, Sculpture

Bengt Lindström

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

$7,897

Nell et Domingo Politi, Ondas 3, Sculpture

Nell et Domingo Politi

Ondas 3, 2017
105 x 37 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,436

Halinka Jakubowska, Accès au Secret, Sculpture

Halinka Jakubowska

Accès au Secret, 2016
30 x 10 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Forever Summer II !, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Forever Summer II !, 2021
90 x 90 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$1,185

Bernar Venet, Effondrement : 10 Arcs, Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Effondrement : 10 Arcs, 2016
12 x 50 x 50.5 cm
Sculpture

$35,896

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XVIII, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, XVIII, 2020
40 x 40 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,108

Poonam Choudhary, Epoxy resin art - Happy Moments, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Epoxy resin art - Happy Moments, 2021
76.2 x 76.2 x 5.1 cm
Sculpture

$488 $750

Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

$419

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

$7,538

James Coignard, Arlequin bleu, Sculpture

James Coignard

Arlequin bleu, 2005
50 x 16 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$5,504

Diego Canogar, Enroscada helicoide II, Sculpture

Diego Canogar

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

$1,741

Russell Frampton, Nusakan Plan, Sculpture

Russell Frampton

Nusakan Plan, 2021
85 x 85 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$5,016

Julie Espiau, Enroulée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Enroulée, 2019
30.5 x 14 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$1,173

Jean-Marc Mariani, Calista, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Calista, 2020
20 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Our recommendations Nal-Vad, Eiffel Tour, Sculpture

Nal-Vad

Eiffel Tour, 2015
57 x 56 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,034

Sezny Peron, Flux, Sculpture

Sezny Peron

Flux, 2016
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$897

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