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Wood Sculpture

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 sculpturesfrom 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. Next 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 byNando Stevoli, Gaspard Mitz, César Orrico, Marc Laffolay, Lesley Hilling or Valérie Carmet.

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Thierry Corpet, Totem - Parker, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem - Parker, 2021
45 x 20 x 9.5 cm
Sculpture

$804

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, 2021
71 x 26 x 0.6 cm
Sculpture

$927

Pierre-Luc Poujol, Dripping energy, Sculpture

Pierre-Luc Poujol

Dripping energy, 2021
198 x 17 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$11,995

Yannick Bouillault, Yellow period, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

Yellow period, 2021
16 x 6.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$334

Jumeaux Ouattara, Yatenga, Sculpture

Jumeaux Ouattara

Yatenga, 2021
108 x 19 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$618

Gor Avetisyan, Formation of Peace, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

Formation of Peace, 2021
23 x 23 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$767

Gaël Rouxeville, Sortir du Cadre, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Sortir du Cadre, 2019
64 x 48 x 37 cm
Sculpture

$4,328

Glenn Varez, Gear, Sculpture

Glenn Varez

Gear, 2021
58 x 24 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,844

Lirone, Inside a Watch Violin, Sculpture

Lirone

Inside a Watch Violin, 2021
66 x 21 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$13,602

2mé, COOLure, Sculpture

2mé

COOLure, 2021
110 x 14 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$556 $618

Lucia Tallová, From series I'm the land you are the sea, Sculpture

Lucia Tallová

From series I'm the land you are the sea, 2019
77 x 24 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$4,946

Aramis Justiz, Tramontana, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

Tramontana, 2014
54 x 60 x 42 cm
Sculpture

$4,019

Franck Tordjmann, Hommage à la création de l'Etat d'Israël, Sculpture

Franck Tordjmann

Hommage à la création de l'Etat d'Israël, 2017
113 x 70 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$10,511

Bertrand Thomassin, Qu'avons nous fait ?, Sculpture

Bertrand Thomassin

Qu'avons nous fait ?, 2021
175 x 55 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$4,699

Pat Campbell, Mandala IV, Sculpture

Pat Campbell

Mandala IV, 2012
50.2 x 36.8 x 25.1 cm
Sculpture

$3,000

Polly Sutton, Moho, Sculpture

Polly Sutton

Moho, 2019
33 x 33 x 25.4 cm
Sculpture

$4,200

C215, Kid, Sculpture

C215

Kid, 2019
67 x 27 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,328

Dawn MacNutt, Ithaka, Sculpture

Dawn MacNutt

Ithaka, 2006
275.6 x 53.3 x 61 cm
Sculpture

$15,000

Gyongy Laky, Variant, Sculpture

Gyongy Laky

Variant, 2021
76.2 x 50.8 x 10.2 cm
Sculpture

$38,000

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
37 x 30 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,102

Philarthrop, Condensed Love, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Condensed Love, 2020
22 x 22 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$433

Lis Sam, King of roses, Sculpture

Lis Sam

King of roses, 2020
30 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,397

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

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

$10,511

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Versace, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Versace, 2019
90 x 110 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$3,091

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2021
38 x 29 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,422

Marc Boffin, Chanel Board, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Chanel Board, 2020
80 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$680

Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture

Mistergoo

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

$717

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
45 x 285 x 74 cm
Sculpture

$111,291

Alberonero, Scala, Sculpture

Alberonero

Scala, 2019
83 x 57 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$3,215

Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture

Shaka

Corps Noir, 2019
120 x 120 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$16,075

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

$46,371

Romain Langlois, Attraction de l'espace II, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Attraction de l'espace II, 2018
50 x 63 x 45 cm
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Thierry Martenon, N°201219 (TM55), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°201219 (TM55), 2019
72 x 47 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$9,645

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Le grand sage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Le grand sage, 2015
61 x 40 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$943

tizlu, Freedom, Sculpture

tizlu

Freedom, 2021
90 x 87.5 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,968

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,720

Christian Nesler, Nuageux en fin de journée, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Nuageux en fin de journée, 2015
70 x 70 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$3,710

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
130 x 80 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$11,747

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Rapide, Sculpture

André Robillard

Pistolet USA Rapide, 2015
25 x 18 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,978

Our recommendations Martina Merlini, Untitled, Sculpture

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2019
65 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$3,030

Emmanuel Bour, Le gardien des sources, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Le gardien des sources, 2018
55 x 59 x 39 cm
Sculpture

$9,274

Vladimir Michev, Autumn, Sculpture

Vladimir Michev

Autumn, 2019
200 x 120 x 100 cm
Sculpture

$2,597

Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
127.5 x 52 x 52 cm
Sculpture

$15,704

Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
25 x 22 x 1.5 cm
Sculpture

$210

Daniel Tostivint, Sans titre, Sculpture

Daniel Tostivint

Sans titre, 2019
40 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$482

Wilds, Tectonic plates I, Sculpture

Wilds

Tectonic plates I, 2015
110 x 120 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$14,777

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture

Onemizer

Bart I Love Skate 2, 2020
81.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,966

Michele Cossyro, White Cosmic Folds, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

White Cosmic Folds, 2017
43 x 46 x 0.5 cm
Sculpture

$3,462

Mlle Terite, Sans titre, Sculpture

Mlle Terite

Sans titre, 2018
66 x 16.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$618

Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture

Sank

Plante carnivore, 2020
63 x 30 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$2,226

Sei Arimori, Paysage à angle droit, Sculpture

Sei Arimori

Paysage à angle droit, 2019
17 x 23.5 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$989

Thomas Danel, TD05, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD05, 2018
59 x 59 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,720

Pierre Demonchaux, Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), Sculpture

Pierre Demonchaux

Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), 2015
70 x 70 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$742

Stefan Ivanov, Situation III from the Project Placebo, Sculpture

Stefan Ivanov

Situation III from the Project Placebo, 2016
105 x 38 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$6,554

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Cubik, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Cubik, 2019
9 x 9 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$495

Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

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

$6,183

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Totem Bleu Majorele, Sculpture

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Totem Bleu Majorele, 2018
60 x 5 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$445

Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
50.8 x 20.4 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,473

Olivier de Sagazan, Fer et bois, Sculpture

Olivier de Sagazan

Fer et bois, 2008
97 x 20 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$4,328

Isabell Beyel, Untitled, Sculpture

Isabell Beyel

Untitled, 2017
140 x 100 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$33,387

Gonzalo Borondo, Sanguine, Sculpture

Gonzalo Borondo

Sanguine, 2020
28 x 27 x 58 cm
Sculpture

$10,634

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
17 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$927

Yuri Zupancic, Mermod, Sculpture

Yuri Zupancic

Mermod, 2020
19.1 x 7.9 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$3,500

Marianne Cresson, Branche n°6, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Branche n°6, 2018
169 x 66 x 56 cm
Sculpture

$866

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