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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Stoz, W Worm, Sculpture

Stoz

W Worm, 2021
18 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$434 $482

Spaco, Five N°5 Chanel, Sculpture

Spaco

Five N°5 Chanel, 2021
24 x 20 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$289

JP Malot, Toy!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Toy!, 2021
22 x 12 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$844

Mister Sicily, Stick woman Italy, Sculpture

Mister Sicily

Stick woman Italy, 2021
23 x 15 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$287 $337

Oboro, Masque Renard Blanc et rouge, Sculpture

Oboro

Masque Renard Blanc et rouge, 2021
19 x 24 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$783

Jac Leirner, Void 3, Sculpture

Jac Leirner

Void 3, 2007
53.3 x 35.6 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$50,000

Ghost Art, Money Wall Euro, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Money Wall Euro, 2019
80 x 80 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$2,953

Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Bisous Chanel balloon, 2020
52 x 36.5 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$699

Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite chanel, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite chanel, 2020
30 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,013

Jayet, Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, Sculpture

Jayet

Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, 2019
28 x 23 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$1,663

PyB, Hope Banksy, Sculpture

PyB

Hope Banksy, 2021
20 x 20 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$313

Anita Molinero, Sans titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans titre, 2019
15.5 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

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

$4,580

Bertrand Grégoire, Black strass skull, Sculpture

Bertrand Grégoire

Black strass skull, 2019
24 x 24 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,170

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Waves in Gray, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Waves in Gray, 2021
88 x 90 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$470

Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
29 x 15 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$783

Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
29 x 15 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$783

Oliver Ney, Coca Cola, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Coca Cola, 2020
106 x 80 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$3,134

Noah Borger, Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, Sculpture

Noah Borger

Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, 2021
20 x 17 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$542

Cleverson de Oliveira, Favela bear, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

Favela bear, 2021
40 x 38 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$783

Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
13 x 18 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
22.5 x 8.7 x 0.2 cm
Sculpture

$6,027

Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
18 x 22 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$6,027

Mark Jenkins, Level Up, Sculpture

Mark Jenkins

Level Up, 2019
106.7 x 137.2 x 66 cm
Sculpture

$15,000

Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
117 x 84.5 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$10,245

Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
7 x 45.1 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$7,500

Pure Evil, Zhang Ziyi Black and White Sprayed Perspex, Sculpture

Pure Evil

Zhang Ziyi Black and White Sprayed Perspex, 2017
79 x 68.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$4,234

Teko van Kuyk, Blue Cassette, Sculpture

Teko van Kuyk

Blue Cassette, 2016
15 x 15 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$217

Jessica Pliez, Qui de nous deux?, Sculpture

Jessica Pliez

Qui de nous deux?, 2020
20 x 8 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$482

Daniel Jung, Paper folies, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies, 2018
45 x 20 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$723

Chema Lumbreras, El orificio, Sculpture

Chema Lumbreras

El orificio, 2015
20 x 55 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$2,170

Tchago Martins, Body Search Health and Beauty, Sculpture

Tchago Martins

Body Search Health and Beauty, 2020
57 x 38 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$603

Larry Rivers, Pop Singer, Sculpture

Larry Rivers

Pop Singer, 1979
43.2 x 35.6 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$5,000

Nouna, L'Envol - Jaune, Sculpture

Nouna

L'Envol - Jaune, 2019
13 x 15 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$663

Clo Bourgard, Nuvem voadora serie oeuf ( pandemic period ), Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

Nuvem voadora serie oeuf ( pandemic period ), 2020
50 x 60 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$2,411

Nathalie Rey, Antartic ocean, Sculpture

Nathalie Rey

Antartic ocean, 2019
50 x 50 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$1,754

Julio Alonso Yañez, Sans titre, Sculpture

Julio Alonso Yañez

Sans titre, 2018
33 x 18 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$452

NeMo, Lock Down Unit, Sculpture

NeMo

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

$603

Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
32 x 5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,591

Miss Bugs, Do No Harm (emoji bleu), Sculpture

Miss Bugs

Do No Harm (emoji bleu), 2020
35 x 8 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,085

Lionel Couvrandt, Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, Sculpture

Lionel Couvrandt

Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, 2015
14 x 9 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Pamela See, In the water No 1, Sculpture

Pamela See

In the water No 1, 2018
35 x 19 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,808

Mario Pasqualotto, Glamour, Sculpture

Mario Pasqualotto

Glamour, 2006
80 x 80 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$6,870

Anne Millot, Petit Prince (inspiré d'Alexis Dadier, parfumeur IFF), Sculpture

Anne Millot

Petit Prince (inspiré d'Alexis Dadier, parfumeur IFF), 2014
29.5 x 24 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,687

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série "Magie du Chaos", Sculpture

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série "Magie du Chaos", 2015
30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$301

Artiste Chezbelette, Contrôle Fiscal - Demandez votre contrôle fiscal 2018, Sculpture

Artiste Chezbelette

Contrôle Fiscal - Demandez votre contrôle fiscal 2018, 2017
176 x 72 x 60 cm
Sculpture

$9,269

Zane Mellupe, Magic Machine, Sculpture

Zane Mellupe

Magic Machine, 2012
25 x 90 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,446

Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
70 x 68 x 68 cm
Sculpture

$7,111

Ferruccio Gard, Kinetic Transparencies-4, Sculpture

Ferruccio Gard

Kinetic Transparencies-4, 2017
40 x 50 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$15,000

Francesca Pasquali, Setola oro, Sculpture

Francesca Pasquali

Setola oro, 2013
40 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$15,910

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

Black Shadow Trading Company, 2015
35.6 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Sculpture

$10,245

Cal Lane, Pantie Can, Sculpture

Cal Lane

Pantie Can, 2016
25.5 x 16.5 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,821

Bernadette Despujols, Inflatable Love Doll #9, Concrete Sculpture, Sculpture

Bernadette Despujols

Inflatable Love Doll #9, Concrete Sculpture, 2016
55.9 x 33 x 30.5 cm
Sculpture

$4,500

Nasreddine Bennacer, Démocratie, Sculpture

Nasreddine Bennacer

Démocratie, 2014
12 x 27 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$3,857

Alexander Höller, Highway, Sculpture

Alexander Höller

Highway, 2020
122 x 122 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$28,927

Egle Babilaite, De l’eau dansante II-2, Sculpture

Egle Babilaite

De l’eau dansante II-2, 2019
17.9 x 16 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$5,906

John McQueen, Real, Sculpture

John McQueen

Real, 2018
141 x 93.3 x 8.9 cm
Sculpture

$8,000

Yvon Cochery, Aztek 8/10, Sculpture

Yvon Cochery

Aztek 8/10, 2000
55 x 32 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$3,013

Omar Ronda, Star Frozen, Sculpture

Omar Ronda

Star Frozen, 1994
80 x 60 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$8,678

Noara Quintana, Glasses, Sculpture

Noara Quintana

Glasses, 2017
10 x 60 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,857

Olga Timganova, Mother of all Manking, Sculpture

Olga Timganova

Mother of all Manking, 2021
120 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$13,861

Spaco, De Gaulle, Sculpture

Spaco

De Gaulle, 2021
20 x 21 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$289

Spaco, Goldy Love, Sculpture

Spaco

Goldy Love, 2021
20 x 20 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$289

Spaco, Napoléon, Sculpture

Spaco

Napoléon, 2021
20 x 18 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$289

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