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Fantastical Sculpture

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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Patrick Villas, Affinity IV, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Affinity IV, 2021
213 x 150 x 77 cm


Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2019
27 x 8 x 6 cm


Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984
51 x 35 x 35 cm


Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm


Eric Liot, L'aile, Sculpture

Eric Liot

L'aile, 2020
187 x 170 x 100 cm

15,000 - $ 25,000

Sandro Chia, Youth and the Devil, Sculpture

Sandro Chia

Youth and the Devil, 1993
33.5 x 29 x 34 cm


Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

Muse of the Music, 1980
24 x 5.8 x 0.1 cm


Wabé, La grotte aux ours, Sculpture


La grotte aux ours, 2015
50 x 35 x 30 cm


Aurelija Simkute, Little Pebble, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Little Pebble, 2019
18 x 12.5 x 9 cm


Crixo Aponte, Mitosis, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Mitosis, 2020
27 x 50 x 22 cm


Jean Mayodon, Vase cylindrique, Sculpture

Jean Mayodon

Vase cylindrique, 1940
19 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm


Leo Factory, Mister Shell - RX41M, Sculpture

Leo Factory

Mister Shell - RX41M, 2020
66 x 25 x 12 cm


Guy Ghazanchyan, The Nest, Sculpture

Guy Ghazanchyan

The Nest, 2020
62 x 53 x 49 cm


Raluca Arnautu, Invasion in Grass, Sculpture

Raluca Arnautu

Invasion in Grass, 2015
45 x 45 x 31.5 cm


Jafet Blanch, Unicornio, Sculpture

Jafet Blanch

Unicornio, 2017
33 x 15 x 23 cm


Tegan Pick, Pomme d'Eve 3/8, Sculpture

Tegan Pick

Pomme d'Eve 3/8, 2018
9.5 x 11 x 10 cm


Denis Oudet, Petit point d'interrogation, Sculpture

Denis Oudet

Petit point d'interrogation, 2012
27 x 12.5 x 8.5 cm


César Orrico, Fauno I, Sculpture

César Orrico

Fauno I, 2017
30 x 18 x 10 cm


Stefan Yordanov, Scientist's Dream, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Scientist's Dream, 2019
73 x 53 x 4 cm


Patopalomo, PeZ, Sculpture


PeZ, 2019
52 x 84 x 2 cm


Perrotte, Tororeador blanc nacré, Sculpture


Tororeador blanc nacré, 2020
131 x 45 x 45 cm


Michel Soubeyrand, I love you to death, Sculpture

Michel Soubeyrand

I love you to death, 2017
30 x 16 x 11 cm


Laurent Lamarche, Polymerase Ciconia, Sculpture

Laurent Lamarche

Polymerase Ciconia, 2017
32 x 20 x 20 cm


Alvaro de la Cruz Lopez, Catrina en Día de Muertos - Ceramic Sculpture - Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Alvaro de la Cruz Lopez

Catrina en Día de Muertos - Ceramic Sculpture - Mexican Folk Art, 2018
66 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm


NeMo, Lock Down Unit, Sculpture


Lock Down Unit, 2021
27 x 16 x 22 cm


Qiongfei Zhang, Mao guidant le peuple, Sculpture

Qiongfei Zhang

Mao guidant le peuple, 2019
200 x 230 x 100 cm


Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Lady, Sculpture

Lina Shein

A Little Mouse Lady, 2021
19 x 8 x 9 cm


Our recommendations Pino Deodato, Pensierini domestici, Sculpture

Pino Deodato

Pensierini domestici, 2017
24 x 18 x 5 cm


Spas Kirichev, Mythological composition, Sculpture

Spas Kirichev

Mythological composition, 2020
29 x 32 x 13 cm


Jinqing Chen, Apple Three, Sculpture

Jinqing Chen

Apple Three, 2018
79 x 53 x 40 cm


Normando Lobo de Sousa, Saint-Michel terrassant le Dragon, Sculpture

Normando Lobo de Sousa

Saint-Michel terrassant le Dragon, 2000
22.5 x 10.5 x 9.5 cm


Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2020
50 x 35 x 25 cm


Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

Les cinoques 8, 2020
51 x 26 x 24 cm


Yannis Lagresle, Le bateau, Sculpture

Yannis Lagresle

Le bateau, 2020
32 x 9 x 45 cm


Volkan Aslan, Fragile series, Sculpture

Volkan Aslan

Fragile series, 2016
20 x 8 x 5 cm


Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante, Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, Sculpture

Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante

Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, 2014
34 x 15 x 15 cm


Pierre David, L'esprit de la forêt - série arbre imaginaire, Sculpture

Pierre David

L'esprit de la forêt - série arbre imaginaire, 2020
35 x 29 x 16 cm


Dominique Mathieu, Centaure, Sculpture

Dominique Mathieu

Centaure, 2020
70 x 15 x 25 cm


Véronique Vigneron, L'Universel, Sculpture

Véronique Vigneron

L'Universel, 2018
20 x 14 x 9 cm


Hamid Reza Fotouhi, From the collection : Around about n°1219, Sculpture

Hamid Reza Fotouhi

From the collection : Around about n°1219, 2019
55 x 33 x 28 cm


Thierry Van Quickenborne, L'énigme, Sculpture

Thierry Van Quickenborne

L'énigme, 2017
59.5 x 80.5 x 1 cm


Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Angel, Sculpture

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

Angel, 2020
19 x 14.5 x 11 cm


Jung-yong Park, La victoire, Sculpture

Jung-yong Park

La victoire, 2020
26.5 x 9.5 x 8 cm


Massimo Lunardon, Small Alien red - H 27, Sculpture

Massimo Lunardon

Small Alien red - H 27, 2021
27 x 18 x 0.2 cm


Moreking, OOLL (Pink version), Sculpture


OOLL (Pink version), 2021
30 x 16 x 8 cm


Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture


Gabbiano d'Entelli, 2020
50 x 10 x 4 cm


Arnaud Kasper, Hommage à Léonard de Vinci, Sculpture

Arnaud Kasper

Hommage à Léonard de Vinci, 2019
60 x 60 x 50 cm


François Piquet, You & Me, Sculpture

François Piquet

You & Me, 2019
120 x 270 x 150 cm


Carlomagno Pedro Martinez, El Sueño de los Amantes / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Carlomagno Pedro Martinez

El Sueño de los Amantes / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, 2017
30 x 60 x 60 cm


Myriam Sitbon, Arbre de vie, Sculpture

Myriam Sitbon

Arbre de vie, 2020
31 x 21 x 3 cm


Laszlo Komaromi, Life picture from Thessaly (Centaur Warrior), Sculpture

Laszlo Komaromi

Life picture from Thessaly (Centaur Warrior), 2021
370 x 350 x 400 cm


Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

Sculpture No.4, 2018
40 x 40 x 23 cm


Angelo Canevari, Saint George and the Dragon, Sculpture

Angelo Canevari

Saint George and the Dragon, 2003
96.5 x 119.4 x 50.8 cm


Godratollah Agheli, Venus sur la terre de la Passion N° 1029, Sculpture

Godratollah Agheli

Venus sur la terre de la Passion N° 1029, 2018
42 x 34 x 21 cm


Eligriv Tempfoli, Lien I, Sculpture

Eligriv Tempfoli

Lien I, 2014
165 x 80 x 30 cm


Mark Brusse, Moving, Sculpture

Mark Brusse

Moving, 2014
43 x 38 x 17 cm


Delfina Reis Renck, Sirène dada, Sculpture

Delfina Reis Renck

Sirène dada, 2010
30 x 14 x 4 cm


Arnie Lebenson, Der Golem, Sculpture

Arnie Lebenson

Der Golem, 2018
65 x 30 x 30 cm


SHIM SANG OK, Sirène / Siren, Sculpture


Sirène / Siren, 1982
39 x 35 x 25 cm


Aurelio Mistruzzi, Satyr with Young Faun on his Shoulders, Sculpture

Aurelio Mistruzzi

Satyr with Young Faun on his Shoulders, 1930
31 x 12 x 12 cm


Gilles Ghez, Portrait volant, Sculpture

Gilles Ghez

Portrait volant, 2016
35 x 22 x 8 cm


Léo  Caillard, Captain America, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Captain America, 2020
85 x 72 x 47 cm


Pavlina Pavlides, La Main de Dieu The hand of God Enigme Enigma, Sculpture

Pavlina Pavlides

La Main de Dieu The hand of God Enigme Enigma, 1970
41 x 34 x 29 cm


Salvador Dali, Eléphant spatial, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Eléphant spatial, 1980
94 x 43 x 14 cm


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