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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Patrick Villas, Affinity IV, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Affinity IV, 2021
213 x 150 x 77 cm
Sculpture

$84,277

Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2019
27 x 8 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,108

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984
51 x 35 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$43,776

Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Eric Liot, L'aile, Sculpture

Eric Liot

L'aile, 2020
187 x 170 x 100 cm
Sculpture

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
Sculpture

$5,779

Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

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

$6,622

Wabé, La grotte aux ours, Sculpture

Wabé

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

$3,010

Aurelija Simkute, Little Pebble, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Little Pebble, 2019
18 x 12.5 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$3,491

Crixo Aponte, Mitosis, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Mitosis, 2020
27 x 50 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Jean Mayodon, Vase cylindrique, Sculpture

Jean Mayodon

Vase cylindrique, 1940
19 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm
Sculpture

$3,371

Leo Factory, Mister Shell - RX41M, Sculpture

Leo Factory

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

$939

Guy Ghazanchyan, The Nest, Sculpture

Guy Ghazanchyan

The Nest, 2020
62 x 53 x 49 cm
Sculpture

$13,725

Raluca Arnautu, Invasion in Grass, Sculpture

Raluca Arnautu

Invasion in Grass, 2015
45 x 45 x 31.5 cm
Sculpture

$602

Jafet Blanch, Unicornio, Sculpture

Jafet Blanch

Unicornio, 2017
33 x 15 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

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

Tegan Pick

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

$1,565

Denis Oudet, Petit point d'interrogation, Sculpture

Denis Oudet

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

$1,806

César Orrico, Fauno I, Sculpture

César Orrico

Fauno I, 2017
30 x 18 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Stefan Yordanov, Scientist's Dream, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

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

$3,311

Patopalomo, PeZ, Sculpture

Patopalomo

PeZ, 2019
52 x 84 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$1,084

Perrotte, Tororeador blanc nacré, Sculpture

Perrotte

Tororeador blanc nacré, 2020
131 x 45 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$16,253

Michel Soubeyrand, I love you to death, Sculpture

Michel Soubeyrand

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

$3,010

Laurent Lamarche, Polymerase Ciconia, Sculpture

Laurent Lamarche

Polymerase Ciconia, 2017
32 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,889

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
Sculpture

$600

NeMo, Lock Down Unit, Sculpture

NeMo

Lock Down Unit, 2021
27 x 16 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$602

Qiongfei Zhang, Mao guidant le peuple, Sculpture

Qiongfei Zhang

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

$96,317

Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Lady, Sculpture

Lina Shein

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

$712

Our recommendations Pino Deodato, Pensierini domestici, Sculpture

Pino Deodato

Pensierini domestici, 2017
24 x 18 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$3,010

Spas Kirichev, Mythological composition, Sculpture

Spas Kirichev

Mythological composition, 2020
29 x 32 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$3,070

Jinqing Chen, Apple Three, Sculpture

Jinqing Chen

Apple Three, 2018
79 x 53 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$10,000

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
Sculpture

$602

Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2020
50 x 35 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$1,816

Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

Les cinoques 8, 2020
51 x 26 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$1,565

Yannis Lagresle, Le bateau, Sculpture

Yannis Lagresle

Le bateau, 2020
32 x 9 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$2,601

Volkan Aslan, Fragile series, Sculpture

Volkan Aslan

Fragile series, 2016
20 x 8 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,408

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
Sculpture

$680

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
Sculpture

$674

Dominique Mathieu, Centaure, Sculpture

Dominique Mathieu

Centaure, 2020
70 x 15 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$2,769

Véronique Vigneron, L'Universel, Sculpture

Véronique Vigneron

L'Universel, 2018
20 x 14 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,987

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
Sculpture

$2,408

Thierry Van Quickenborne, L'énigme, Sculpture

Thierry Van Quickenborne

L'énigme, 2017
59.5 x 80.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$6,381

Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Angel, Sculpture

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

Angel, 2020
19 x 14.5 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$229

Jung-yong Park, La victoire, Sculpture

Jung-yong Park

La victoire, 2020
26.5 x 9.5 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$722

Massimo Lunardon, Small Alien red - H 27, Sculpture

Massimo Lunardon

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

$3,371

Moreking, OOLL (Pink version), Sculpture

Moreking

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

$807

Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture

Tang

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

$301

Arnaud Kasper, Hommage à Léonard de Vinci, Sculpture

Arnaud Kasper

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

$23,477

François Piquet, You & Me, Sculpture

François Piquet

You & Me, 2019
120 x 270 x 150 cm
Sculpture

$78,257

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
Sculpture

$6,000

Myriam Sitbon, Arbre de vie, Sculpture

Myriam Sitbon

Arbre de vie, 2020
31 x 21 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$7,224

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

Laszlo Komaromi

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

$132,435

Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

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

$5,500

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
Sculpture

$22,000

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
Sculpture

$4,214

Eligriv Tempfoli, Lien I, Sculpture

Eligriv Tempfoli

Lien I, 2014
165 x 80 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$7,585

Mark Brusse, Moving, Sculpture

Mark Brusse

Moving, 2014
43 x 38 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$14,447

Delfina Reis Renck, Sirène dada, Sculpture

Delfina Reis Renck

Sirène dada, 2010
30 x 14 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$181

Arnie Lebenson, Der Golem, Sculpture

Arnie Lebenson

Der Golem, 2018
65 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$12,040

SHIM SANG OK, Sirène / Siren, Sculpture

SHIM SANG OK

Sirène / Siren, 1982
39 x 35 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$7,164

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
Sculpture

$4,816

Gilles Ghez, Portrait volant, Sculpture

Gilles Ghez

Portrait volant, 2016
35 x 22 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$7,103

Léo  Caillard, Captain America, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Captain America, 2020
85 x 72 x 47 cm
Sculpture

$20,467

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
Sculpture

$35,517

Salvador Dali, Eléphant spatial, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Eléphant spatial, 1980
94 x 43 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$67,614

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