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Abstract Sculpture

The origins of abstract sculpture lie in the artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. By ceasing to use antiquity as a source of inspiration, which had previously dominated sculptural creation for centuries, Auguste Rodin led the way for modern sculpture. Although Rodin’s sculptures continued to respect the principles of classical art, his work encouraged many 20th century sculptors to break away from traditional conventions.

Rodin’s sculptures were a source of inspiration for Brancusi and his distinctive use of clean, simple lines. He later went on to pave the way for abstract sculpture.

The beginning of the 20th century was marked by several discoveries including key mathematical advances which fascinated intellectuals. At the same time, many exiled European artists arrived in Paris seeking refuge, and formed various different art movements, each one hoping to lead the way for a better world. The World Wars were fundamental in encouraging artists to detach themselves from the violence of their lived realities.

A new form of expression appeared; abstraction! Artists no longer wanted to represent reality in a figural way but explored expressing the immaterial using shapes, colour…

Cubism was responsible for introducing the use of geometric shapes to modern art. Representing real life objects as shapes from different angles allowed the artist to create completely new perspectives. Thank you Pablo Picasso! Sculpture was no longer obliged to represent reality in a literal sense as we see it before our very eyes. Sculpture became the object in its own right, embodying its very essence.

Perhaps out of necessity, Cubists imposed few limits in regards to the materials they worked with, many of which were not as ‘noble’ as those previously used in sculpture and included steel and cardboard.

Several movements were to follow, including Dadaism, Neo-Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, all of which helped to expand abstract art.

Marcel Duchamp, who had shown interest in the movement, introduced the art world to his ‘ready-mades’, establishing the idea that an artwork can be a manufactured object. In his view, it was up to the artist to decide whether something is worthy of being called a work of art or not.

Italian Futurism focused on the representation of movement and was responsible for the creation of kinetic art, in which movement is the artwork itself. One artist in particular had a profound impact on abstract sculpture and that was Thank you Alexander Calder. His famous mobiles were made of thin strips of smooth metal, tied together with strong wire. His colour palette was inspired by Piet Mondrian and he was even quoted as saying: ‘I want to make Mondrians that move.’ Jean Tinguely and Nicolas Schöffer also explored kinetic art and the use of robotics.

As art continued to deal with objects taken from daily life, artists increasingly used poorer materials or objects that had been recycled.

After the Second World War, sculptors could start to be creative on an even bigger scale. Thanks to increased industrialisation, they could produce larger sculptures which were highly weather-resistant, creating possibilities for outdoor creations. Within the Land Art movement, Christo and Jeanne Claude create sculptures which are directly part of the landscape. In Minimalism, the sculpture and its material are determined by its environment so as to highlight the sense of emptiness and space which surrounds it. An excellent example of minimalist sculpture would be Richard Serra’s gigantic creations which allow visitors to explore and wander around inside them.

Some of the biggest names incontemporary sculpture include Anish Kapoor, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Henry Moore Barbara Hepworth, Louise Bourgeois and Sol LeWitt.

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Guillaume Roche, Atomos V, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Atomos V, 2021
50 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$13,823

Jean-No, Sphère N°13, Sculpture

Jean-No

Sphère N°13, 2021
20 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,037

Jean-Jacques Joujon, Courbes Arc en Ciel I, Sculpture

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Courbes Arc en Ciel I, 2021
15 x 95 x 20 cm
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$1,440

Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe XXIX (SG216), Sculpture

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Desert Signe XXIX (SG216), 2021
70 x 50 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$680

Thierry Corpet, Big Totem II, Sculpture

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Big Totem II, 2021
165 x 39 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$2,073 $1,555

Julie Espiau, Mélaya, Sculpture

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Mélaya, 2021
19 x 18 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$2,073

Joëlle Laboue, Together II, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Together II, 2021
45 x 25 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,140

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (252), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (252), 2018
128 x 49 x 39 cm
Sculpture

$7,948

Vincent Ochs, A Ciel Ouvert, Sculpture

Vincent Ochs

A Ciel Ouvert, 2021
39 x 33 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,106

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping Bonbon Smocky Fuchsia, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping Bonbon Smocky Fuchsia, 2021
23 x 6 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$3,110

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
36 x 21 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$48,956

Romain Langlois, Hyakutake, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Hyakutake, 2021
100 x 32 x 32 cm
Sculpture

$25,342

Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$553

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

$43,196

Patrick Salamone, L'Andalou, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

L'Andalou, 2020
62 x 35 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,094

Wilfredo Lam, L’oiseau de Feu – L’oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire – Bird of Iron), Sculpture

Wilfredo Lam

L’oiseau de Feu – L’oiseau de Fer (Bird of Fire – Bird of Iron), 1970
26 x 28 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$21,310

Réjane LeChat, Dialogue 1/8 petit, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Dialogue 1/8 petit, 2021
33 x 33 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,497

Our recommendations Jesu Moratiel, Frozen In A Sun Ray, Sculpture

Jesu Moratiel

Frozen In A Sun Ray, 2021
120 x 74.2 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$43,204

David Sprakes, Encouter II, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Encouter II, 2021
30 x 30 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,291

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy), Trophée de chasse, Sculpture

Richard Di Rosa (dit Buddy)

Trophée de chasse, 2006
38 x 71 x 44 cm
Sculpture

$2,765 $2,322

Rachel Kah, Sans titre 3 (RK46), Sculpture

Rachel Kah

Sans titre 3 (RK46), 2020
37 x 36 x 2.8 cm
Sculpture

$1,325

JC Thorez, 6h du mat, Sculpture

JC Thorez

6h du mat, 2021
50 x 70 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$4,838

Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
15 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$1,728

Vasya Dmytryk, Silver Star, Sculpture

Vasya Dmytryk

Silver Star, 2021
33 x 51 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$550

Frank Boogaard, Environ, Sculpture

Frank Boogaard

Environ, 2020
37 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,555

Daniel Clyde McMurry, Something Between, Sculpture

Daniel Clyde McMurry

Something Between, 2021
24 x 35 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$922

Victor Prodanchuk, Fresh breath, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Fresh breath, 2021
47 x 12 x 11 cm
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$2,100

Our recommendations Julio Le Parc, Formes virtuelles par déplacement, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Formes virtuelles par déplacement, 2017
80 x 12 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$10,367

Marc Daniel, Le baiser (évolution 2), Sculpture

Marc Daniel

Le baiser (évolution 2), 2021
27 x 23.5 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$4,763

Cyril de Commarque, Primitive I, Sculpture

Cyril de Commarque

Primitive I, 2021
75 x 268 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$48,910

Philippe  Hiquily, Marathonienne, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

Marathonienne, 2020
16 x 11.5 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$691

Gor Avetisyan, The silent elegance IV, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

The silent elegance IV, 2021
43 x 28 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$1,382 $1,258

Amandine Guruceaga, Derma Soft Ellipse, Sculpture

Amandine Guruceaga

Derma Soft Ellipse, 2017
120 x 135 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$6,911 $3,456

Danielle Martin Troulay, Les sillons de pourpre, Sculpture

Danielle Martin Troulay

Les sillons de pourpre, 2018
42 x 50 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
30 x 14 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$795

Our recommendations Nathanael Koffi, Corner, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

Corner, 2021
6.5 x 12 x 6.5 cm
Sculpture

$173

L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture

L'Atlas

Abstraction géométrique, 2014
59 x 21 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$3,686 $3,317

Maxime Plancque, N°287, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°287, 2020
135 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,073

Our recommendations Paul Rebeyrolle, Trois têtes, Sculpture

Paul Rebeyrolle

Trois têtes, 1994
50 x 65 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$17,278

Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line., Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Indeterminate Line., 1988
28 x 50 x 41 cm
Sculpture

$109,430

Eduardo Arroyo, Fausto, Sculpture

Eduardo Arroyo

Fausto, 1979
75 x 55 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$9,757

Georges Braque, Hermès, Sculpture

Georges Braque

Hermès, 2019
175 x 80 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$253,417

Poonam Choudhary, Sculpture - Stuck in love, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture - Stuck in love, 2021
27.9 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
Sculpture

$1,200 $780

Sumit Mehndiratta, Nailed it Series No.85, Sculpture

Sumit Mehndiratta

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

$1,152

Mireille Hottinger, Alhena, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Alhena, 2021
45 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,486

Our recommendations Sébastien Créteur, Sculpture en verre. Monyalos orange N°1/8, Sculpture

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Sculpture en verre. Monyalos orange N°1/8, 2018
8 x 8 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$438 $394

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2010
195 x 70 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$12,095

Our recommendations Milko Dobrev, Family, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Family, 2020
48 x 17 x 8.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,555

René Galassi, Calicots rouges, Sculpture

René Galassi

Calicots rouges, 2018
100 x 80 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$4,032

Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
300 x 120 x 120 cm
Sculpture

$13,708

Nicolas Delage, Sans titre, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Sans titre, 2020
92 x 172 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$6,681

Our recommendations Caroline Brisset, Lluvia H (CB88), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Lluvia H (CB88), 2016
57.5 x 12 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,958

Our recommendations Bengt Lindström, L’esprit de la terre, Sculpture

Bengt Lindström

L’esprit de la terre, 2000
66 x 41 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$7,603

Our recommendations Chandler McLellan, Zuni Sundial, Sculpture

Chandler McLellan

Zuni Sundial, 2019
40.5 x 22.8 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,728

Homek & Jerome Mesnager, Passage #2, Sculpture

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

Passage #2, 2021
60 x 100 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,880

Our recommendations Costa, Mire Mondrian, Sculpture

Costa

Mire Mondrian, 2009
70 x 70 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$5,759

Aramis Justiz, Distortions I, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

Distortions I, 2021
30 x 58 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$979

Our recommendations Nando Stevoli, Pleating, Sculpture

Nando Stevoli

Pleating, 2016
100 x 150 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$10,367

Antonio Saura, Nez, Sculpture

Antonio Saura

Nez, 1990
51 x 64 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$5,759

Sezny Peron, Les bocages, Sculpture

Sezny Peron

Les bocages, 2013
60 x 60 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,728

Stan Wysocki, Nude, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

Nude, 2018
34 x 6 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$1,382

Our recommendations Aldric Bendahmane, L'attente, Sculpture

Aldric Bendahmane

L'attente, 2021
32 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$403

Dario Perez-Flores, Columna, Sculpture

Dario Perez-Flores

Columna, 1996
190 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$34,557

Roland Masson, Phénicienne, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Phénicienne, 2016
39 x 9 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,073

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