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Samo Duck, Daru

Samo Duck

Daru

Sculpture - 36 x 24 x 18 cm

$1,332

Manneken-Pis Duduss, Toctoc

Manneken-Pis Duduss

Toctoc

Sculpture - 50 x 24 x 4 cm

$721

Banksywood kiss love, Ravi

Banksywood kiss love

Ravi

Sculpture - 32 x 14 x 8 cm

$166

Bonhom' bidule 16, VHE

Bonhom' bidule 16

VHE

Sculpture - 20 x 20 x 2 cm

$78

From the Circus series. Animal Fantastique, Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Animal Fantastique

Karel Appel

Sculpture - 134 x 115 x 33 cm

$47,169

CooLure, 2mé

CooLure

2mé

Sculpture - 106 x 14 x 12 cm

$522

Alexei Sculpture in Florida Mahogany Wood, Whirl & Whittle

Alexei Sculpture in Florida Mahogany Wood

Whirl & Whittle

Sculpture - 20 x 28 x 28 cm

$3,846

Sans titre, Zenoy

Sans titre

Zenoy

Sculpture - 50 x 50 x 5 cm

$4,328

Tucan Majestuoso -  Toucan Alebrije - Mexican Folk Art | Cactus Fine Art, Aldo Hernandez Melchor

Tucan Majestuoso - Toucan Alebrije - Mexican Folk Art | Cactus Fine Art

Aldo Hernandez Melchor

Sculpture - 50 x 25 x 30 cm

$3,500

Coeur de sifnos, Eric Liot

Coeur de sifnos

Eric Liot

Sculpture - 43 x 60 x 18 cm

$4,994

Sweet Wonder Woman, Artco

Sweet Wonder Woman

Artco

Sculpture - 80 x 20 x 1.5 cm

$276

Manananggol ng Palasyo de San Lazaro ( Resurrection Day), Alwin Reamillo

Manananggol ng Palasyo de San Lazaro ( Resurrection Day)

Alwin Reamillo

Sculpture - 11.5 x 32.5 x 2 cm

$1,992

Luigi, Sank

Luigi

Sank

Sculpture - 32 x 25 x 5 cm

$2,331

Skate 1, Yen'P

Skate 1

Yen'P

Sculpture - 75 x 48 x 5.5 cm

$2,553

Bart I Love Skate, Onemizer

Bart I Love Skate

Onemizer

Sculpture - 81.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm

$1,765

Molot'Lov Man Street Ed, Shake

Molot'Lov Man Street Ed

Shake

Sculpture - 35 x 35 x 5 cm

$777

Consummation, Levalet

Consummation

Levalet

Sculpture - 29 x 39 x 16 cm

$2,164

Medium Something To Suck #66, Hersk

Medium Something To Suck #66

Hersk

Sculpture - 92 x 32 x 7 cm

$1,609

Musiko, Arsen

Musiko

Arsen

Sculpture - 100 x 36 x 10 cm

$999

May the Gods still accept..., Pasturo

May the Gods still accept...

Pasturo

Sculpture - 240 x 25 x 15 cm

$1,776

Sans titre, Bault

Sans titre

Bault

Sculpture - 145 x 36 x 2 cm

$2,997

Face, Gregos

Face

Gregos

Sculpture - 30 x 30 x 4 cm

$832

Transformers (série), Wong Wa

Transformers (série)

Wong Wa

Sculpture - 66 x 45 x 14 cm

$1,332

Eiffel Tour, Nal-Vad

Eiffel Tour

Nal-Vad

Sculpture - 57 x 56 x 13 cm

$1,887

La magie du frêne, Agnès K.

La magie du frêne

Agnès K.

Sculpture - 30 x 30 x 2 cm

$721

Wood Sculpture for Sale

Wood and stone were the some of the first materials carved by humans to make tools. Although wood was very commonly used, only few objects survived through the centuries as its decomposes faster and can be destroyed more easily than bronze or stone for example.

Between 700 and 900, most woodcarvers lived in monasteries. Travelling from monastery to monastery, these carvers were few and far between. The was a relatively prescriptive style and many remaining sculptures from this period are quite similar. This era was marked by the constraints of iconoclasm: many religious objects made of wood were destroyed because of the condemnation of representation of religious subjects.

Many sculptures have also been found in England and Scandinavian countries. Wood is also widely used in Africa to create masks, small statues and objects, as well as in India and by aboriginal artists in Australia.

In Europe, it was in the 15th and 16th centuries that wooden sculpture became highly developed, especially in Germany. This was thanks to Gothic sculptors such as Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoss, Michael Pacher, Gregor Erhart and Jorg Zurn who pushed the medium to its limits, creating astonishingly detailed works.

Woodcarving reappeared in the 17th century in England as Baroque ornaments grew in popularity. Master Grinling Gibbons's was a leading artist of the time and one of the few woodcarvers to be widely recognised in his homeland. In France, Rococo brought woodcarving back into fashion, with designers such as Lelange, Foliot and Cressent, who focused on creating furniture.

Several modern artists also used wood, notably Brancusi, who was influenced by the classical tradition which emphasised the finish and materiality of the wood. Henry Moore preferred using this valuable material to create his abstract and evocative shapes, while Barbara Hepworth created incredibly modern works of art and Paul Gauguin used wood to reconnect with and learn from primitive techniques...

Wood is very different from other materials, such as resin or bronze, as it is quite fragile and requires a wide range of tools.The technique to be used differs according to the desired shape because the sculpture can take the form of a low-relief or be carved in the round (a sculpture on base that the viewer can walk around). One must first source planks of wood, flattened, dried and calibrated. Next, a sketch of the sculpture is drawn onto the support, the bulk of the wood is then removed and the object is shaped more carefully using u-gouges to remove as much excess material. Finally, the finer details as well as shadow play are added using a range of tools including flat gouges, chisels, and carving knives.

Artsper features a wide selection of modern wooden sculptures by Nando Stevoli, Gaspard Mitz, César Orrico, Marc Laffolay, Lesley Hilling or Valérie Carmet.

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What is the difference between wood carving and sculpture?

Wood carving refers to a process where material is taken away from a block of wood using a tool like a knife, whereas the term "sculpture" refers to any work of three-dimensional art. Sculptures can be produced using a variety of techniques. 

Who is the most famous wood carver?

One of the most famous sculptors that has worked with wood carving is Barbara Hepworth. Her work explores themes such as the contrast between the solid and the void, and the relationship between people and nature.

What is the most popular wood sculpture?

Some of the most famous wood sculptures are those of American artist Ben Butler, such as his abstract large-scale work Unbounded, which he created in 2015. The work is comprised of over 10,000 poplar sticks.