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Animal Sculpture

Animal sculpture is a sculptural style in its own right. This specific genre deserves the same recognition as nude, marble, bronze and resin sculpture.

The representation of animals and the animal body has long been a source of inspiration for sculptural creations and yet it was once considered a minor genre in Western European decorative arts. Ironically, animal sculpture was of the utmost importance to Ancient civilisations. Countless ancient Egyptian buildings for example were adorned with grandiose representations of felines and Sphinxes. More generally within the visual arts, animals were rarely represented in their own right, and were often depicted accompanying or symbolising mythological figures or even character traits.

Aside from its mythical representations, animal sculptures were also popular with suzerain states who used monumental bronze sculptures of lions or eagles to symbolise the immensity of their power.

However it wasn't until 1831 that the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye finally established animal sculpture as a noble art, thanks to his work Tiger devouring a Gavial Crocodile at the Salon de Paris. It was no longer fashionable to depict animals as unreal, mythological creatures in the decorative arts and instead naturalism and realistic representations of animals characterised the sculpture of the period.

Ideas about nature's wealth and abundance meant that all creatures deserved to be carefully and meticulously recreated in the closest likeness possible. Mythical animal interpretations were left behind and artists concentrated on capturing the finer details of an animal's fur, muscles or mouth.

A new wave of renowned sculptors emerged. Pierre-Jules Mêne, Antoine Aigon and Jean Germain Demay are just a few examples of some of these pioneering artists. Particularly interested in 'exotic' species (snakes, gazelles, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses…), they all explored representing the natural world in a variety of different ways.

In the 20th century, realist tendencies gradually faded away and a new group of creative minds began to experiment with animal sculpture as part of the shift towards modern sculpture.

Numerous artists tried their hand at animal sculpture whilst applying new aesthetic criteria which was largely influenced by modern and contemporary art movements: Abstract art, Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism. Guided by key surrealist influences, which could not have been further removed from the traditional styles of the past century, a new bestiary was created. Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti were among the key figures who helped to reinvent the way artists endeavoured to sculpt animals.

In contemporary animal sculpture, radically redefining artistic techniques and the way we represent living beings has taken precedence over realistic proportion sizes and lifelike features. Artists no longer refrain from accentuating a particular body part, removing a limb for example or creating an entirely new hybrid beast. However, many artists are also skilled at creating hyper realistic animals that seem so real they almost appear to be alive.

To help you get an idea of the latest animal sculptures, take a look at Artsper's collection of sculpted animals, selected from some of the best contemporary art galleries and made by artists including Jacques Dufrane, Raymundo Fabian Melchor and Roxana y Jesus Hernandez.



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Li Lihong

Cointreau China, 2007
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Sculpture

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Âme Sauvage, Bouledogue warrior, Sculpture

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Jean-François Gambino, Babouin n°4/8, Sculpture

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Sculpture

€10,000

Wabé, Dragon 1058, Sculpture

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Dragon 1058, 2014
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Sculpture

€350

Véronique Chomienne, Cat&Eva, Sculpture

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65 x 35 x 2 cm
Sculpture

€1,300

Our recommendations Valerie Marty, Piaf Noir à picots argent, Sculpture

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Sculpture

€400

Our recommendations Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 2010
60 x 40 x 50 cm
Sculpture

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Hiro Ando, United Pandasan, Sculpture

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55 x 45 x 45 cm
Sculpture

€12,000

Christine Guillemin, Jeune Cerf, Sculpture

Christine Guillemin

Jeune Cerf, 2018
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Sculpture

€11,000

Priscilla Vettese, Vuitton Fox, Sculpture

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Sculpture

€350

Fred Meurice, Butterfly Multicolore, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

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32 x 32 x 2 cm
Sculpture

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Ventsislav Markov, Dominance, Sculpture

Ventsislav Markov

Dominance, 2021
28 x 19.5 x 13 cm
Sculpture

€1,200

Philippe Geluck, J'ai les boules (mini), Sculpture

Philippe Geluck

J'ai les boules (mini), 2020
20 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€990

Bennie, Oiseau n°1, Sculpture

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12 x 10.5 x 6 cm
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André Gacko, Ours Mondrian Pop Art, Sculpture

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Julie Jaler, Mickey Miami #1, Sculpture

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€380

Tonny Baars, Golden Horse, Sculpture

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Golden Horse, 2021
190 x 260 x 70 cm
Sculpture

€37,500

Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours pop art Chanel, Sculpture

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Pand'ours pop art Chanel, 2020
40 x 35 x 35 cm
Sculpture

€880

Virginie Chardon, Hipolyte le Morse, Sculpture

Virginie Chardon

Hipolyte le Morse, 2021
77 x 44 x 32 cm
Sculpture

€7,000

Pierre Sgamma, Le baiser de l'équilibriste, Sculpture

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€4,500

Our recommendations Vincent Faudemer, Babolex Classic Vert 35 cm socle chrome, Sculpture

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€6,500

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Sculpture

€900

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Salfo Dermé (Yabré)

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14 x 17 x 12 cm
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€900

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Sculpture

€650

Maxime Davoust, Cheval Bleu Klein, Sculpture

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Cheval Bleu Klein, 2020
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Sculpture

€850

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Sculpture

€980

Marie Ackers, Chat bleu, Sculpture

Marie Ackers

Chat bleu, 2020
15 x 22 x 25 cm
Sculpture

€1,900

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Idefix From Mauritius With Love, 2019
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€7,500

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Sculpture

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Patrick Cornée, Funny doggy, Sculpture

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Sculpture

€1,900

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66 x 49 x 40 cm
Sculpture

€3,350

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Sculpture

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Sculpture

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Petite tête de lionne, 2021
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Sculpture

€1,100

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Corneille

Chat bleu, 2004
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Sculpture

€1,950

Patrick Moya, Dolly dans les nuages, Sculpture

Patrick Moya

Dolly dans les nuages, 2019
30 x 14.5 x 5 cm
Sculpture

€980

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36 x 34 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€1,600

Michel Audiard, Percussion Mouton (Série les animaux musiciens), Sculpture

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Percussion Mouton (Série les animaux musiciens), 2012
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Sculpture

€750

Our recommendations Valerian Sioridzé, Guépard, Sculpture

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Guépard, 2020
21 x 42 x 9 cm
Sculpture

€850

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Rodrigo Romero Perez

Pan Troglodytes 2, 2020
140 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,100

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Jenny Jacottet

Impulsion, 2018
35 x 22 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Lis Sam, Jardin majorelle, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Jardin majorelle, 2020
30 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,350 €1,148

Jean Amiel, Pélican au petit bec, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Pélican au petit bec, 2016
24 x 17 x 15 cm
Sculpture

€1,800

Stathis Alexopoulos, French Bulldog, Sculpture

Stathis Alexopoulos

French Bulldog, 2019
22 x 20 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€550

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Angela Morris-Winmill

Gold Muntjac Deer, 2021
13 x 7 x 6 cm
Sculpture

€638

Cade, Éléphant sur rocher, Sculpture

Cade

Éléphant sur rocher, 2021
10 x 5 x 7 cm
Sculpture

€500

Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture

Manat

Gianni diFranco, 2021
35 x 33 x 14 cm
Sculpture

€1,500

Guti, Love, Sculpture

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84 x 40 x 13 cm
Sculpture

€500

VanBinh, Bird III, Sculpture

VanBinh

Bird III, 2021
50.5 x 34 x 31 cm
Sculpture

€1,380

Hellen Halftermeyer, Red bird, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Red bird, 2021
30 x 80 x 55 cm
Sculpture

€2,000

Chanoir, Cha Basketteur, Sculpture

Chanoir

Cha Basketteur, 2021
80 x 80 x 3 cm
Sculpture

€4,650

Petar Iliev, Bull, Sculpture

Petar Iliev

Bull, 2021
17 x 31 x 8 cm
Sculpture

€1,100

Our recommendations Julien Marinetti, Panda BA, Sculpture

Julien Marinetti

Panda BA, 2020
40 x 28 x 30 cm
Sculpture

€14,500

Béatrice Alice Lafitte-Irigaray, Joke Dog 2, Sculpture

Béatrice Alice Lafitte-Irigaray

Joke Dog 2, 2019
70 x 40 x 66 cm
Sculpture

€1,300

Paco Raphael, Bambi (Pink), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Bambi (Pink), 2020
37.5 x 35 x 35 cm
Sculpture

€1,850

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

L’Être ailé, noir, 2020
21.5 x 40 x 6 cm
Sculpture

€1,190

Kokimoto, Seagull, Sculpture

Kokimoto

Seagull, 2019
30 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

€1,490

Michel Duclos, Arthus, Sculpture

Michel Duclos

Arthus, 2016
21 x 37 x 20 cm
Sculpture

€1,900

Paloma Castello, Delirio Exótico #19. From "Exotic Delirium" series., Sculpture

Paloma Castello

Delirio Exótico #19. From "Exotic Delirium" series., 2020
37.8 x 39.9 x 1.8 cm
Sculpture

€361

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