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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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Hersk, Something to suck 363, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to suck 363, 2021
62 x 25 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$778

Philippe Venin-Bernard, La victorieuse, Sculpture

Philippe Venin-Bernard

La victorieuse, 1993
13 x 22 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,292 $1,436

Yann Perrier, Sphère 1205, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère 1205, 2021
22 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$4,487

2mé, COOLure, Sculpture

2mé

COOLure, 2021
110 x 14 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$485 $538

Ravi, Puzzle Inverse, Sculpture

Ravi

Puzzle Inverse, 2021
25 x 15 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$191

Mario Dilitz, N° 152, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

N° 152, 2021
86 x 38 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$27,521

Bruno Helgen, White Globe, Sculpture

Bruno Helgen

White Globe, 2020
30 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$2,991

El Anatsui, Untitled, Sculpture

El Anatsui

Untitled, 1991
76.2 x 232.4 x 1.3 cm
Sculpture

$96,000

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture

Onemizer

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

$1,903

Dr. Love, Banksy love street (a tribute sculpture to Banksy), Sculpture

Dr. Love

Banksy love street (a tribute sculpture to Banksy), 2021
50 x 67 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,435

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

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

$10,171

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
37 x 30 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,034

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Diner with an acrobat, 2017
33 x 13 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,795

Toctoc, Skate Son Duduss, Sculpture

Toctoc

Skate Son Duduss, 2018
21 x 80 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$838

Virginia Benedicto, One day, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

One day, 2016
37 x 42 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,154

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Rapide, Sculpture

André Robillard

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

$1,914

Marc Sinkiewicz, Na-biiga (Prince en langue Mooré), Sculpture

Marc Sinkiewicz

Na-biiga (Prince en langue Mooré), 2010
170 x 25 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,795

Christian Nesler, Pixels de Mer I, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Pixels de Mer I, 2018
38 x 38 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$1,436

Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture

Mistergoo

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

$625 $694

Roland Masson, Fila, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Fila, 2018
45 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,017

Kokimoto, Seagull, Sculpture

Kokimoto

Seagull, 2019
30 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,783

Alberonero, Trave, Sculpture

Alberonero

Trave, 2019
24 x 82 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

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

$44,870

Paloma Castello, Delirio exótico 16, Sculpture

Paloma Castello

Delirio exótico 16, 2020
134 x 40.6 x 0.8 cm
Sculpture

$800

Mlle Terite, Sans titre, Sculpture

Mlle Terite

Sans titre, 2018
66 x 16.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$598

Aiiroh, Plata O Plomo, Sculpture

Aiiroh

Plata O Plomo, 2019
92 x 115 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$5,863

Betsy Enzensberger, Crystal Double Rainbow, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Crystal Double Rainbow, 2020
12.7 x 7.62 x 7.62 cm
Sculpture

$404 $449

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Le grand sage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

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

$913

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,632

Jumeaux Ouattara, Gilli, Sculpture

Jumeaux Ouattara

Gilli, 2015
63 x 22 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$814 $957

Armando de la Garza, Untitled #8 From Los Infortunios de la Virtud Series, Antique Plate, Sculpture

Armando de la Garza

Untitled #8 From Los Infortunios de la Virtud Series, Antique Plate, 2018
17.5 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$900

Arsen, Souriceau, Sculpture

Arsen

Souriceau, 2021
23 x 10 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$507 $658

Our recommendations Philippe Gouwy, Lightform 1153OK, Sculpture

Philippe Gouwy

Lightform 1153OK, 2018
58 x 22 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$1,675

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

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

$107,689

Pedro Friedeberg, Miniature Butterfly Chair, Sculpture

Pedro Friedeberg

Miniature Butterfly Chair, 1995
15.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm
Sculpture

$2,500

Józef Wilkon, A sculpture (Dog), Sculpture

Józef Wilkon

A sculpture (Dog), 2016
34 x 26 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,872

Russell Frampton, Nusakan Plan, Sculpture

Russell Frampton

Nusakan Plan, 2021
85 x 85 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$5,016

Our recommendations Nal-Vad, Eiffel Tour, Sculpture

Nal-Vad

Eiffel Tour, 2015
57 x 56 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,034

Laurent Fortier, Hâgnos III, Sculpture

Laurent Fortier

Hâgnos III, 2017
84 x 10 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,436

Astro, Pyramidale Levitation, Sculpture

Astro

Pyramidale Levitation, 2020
65 x 37 x 37 cm
Sculpture

$9,572

Thierry Mesquita, Ceci n'est pas une chaise, Sculpture

Thierry Mesquita

Ceci n'est pas une chaise, 2018
85 x 45 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$2,154

Sezny Peron, Flux, Sculpture

Sezny Peron

Flux, 2016
40 x 40 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$897

Our recommendations Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
127.5 x 52 x 52 cm
Sculpture

$15,196

Jicé, Match 1, Sculpture

Jicé

Match 1, 2016
63 x 60 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$5,025

Vladimir Michev, Pods, Sculpture

Vladimir Michev

Pods, 2017
170 x 80 x 60 cm
Sculpture

$1,496

Benjamin Affagard aka Come, Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', Sculpture

Benjamin Affagard aka Come

Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', 2019
38 x 37 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$1,795

Our recommendations Martina Merlini, Untitled, Sculpture

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2019
65 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$2,932

Kelly Breez, How to order well Tequila with no shame, Acrylic on wood, Sculpture

Kelly Breez

How to order well Tequila with no shame, Acrylic on wood, 2016
40 x 33.7 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,000

Sumit Mehndiratta, Nailed it Series No.85, Sculpture

Sumit Mehndiratta

Nailed it Series No.85, 2018
84 x 84 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$1,197

Alexandre Ferrand, C.D Silk Skate, Sculpture

Alexandre Ferrand

C.D Silk Skate, 2021
80 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$897

Alain Derda, Cormoran, Sculpture

Alain Derda

Cormoran, 2019
85 x 30 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

Carlos Alejandro, Chihuahua Woman - Blue, Sculpture

Carlos Alejandro

Chihuahua Woman - Blue, 2014
76.2 x 39.4 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,200

Fabienne Blas, Drôle de Chèvre, Sculpture

Fabienne Blas

Drôle de Chèvre, 2019
50 x 50 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,675

Emmanuel Bour, 2021, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

2021, 2021
50 x 17 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,872

Thierry Corpet, Totem III, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem III, 2021
65 x 18 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$503 $838

Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture

Sank

Plante carnivore, 2020
63 x 30 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$2,154

Théo Drucker, Air, Sculpture

Théo Drucker

Air, 2020
80 x 140 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

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

$5,708 $6,342

Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
50 x 20 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

Aldo Chaparro, Totem, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Totem, 2020
200 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$29,914

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

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

$897

Fernando Otero, Territorios, Found objects in wood box wall sculpture, Sculpture

Fernando Otero

Territorios, Found objects in wood box wall sculpture, 2016
52.1 x 72.4 x 10.2 cm
Sculpture

$1,500

Issiaka Savadogo, Révolu, Sculpture

Issiaka Savadogo

Révolu, 2018
68 x 21 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,017

Haime Correa, Homage to Magritte, Phonograph in a Gilded Cage, Sculpture

Haime Correa

Homage to Magritte, Phonograph in a Gilded Cage, 1996
36.2 x 30.5 x 14.3 cm
Sculpture

$1,000

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