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Piaf grand maître Murakami (modèle 1), Valerie Marty

Piaf grand maître Murakami (modèle 1)

Valerie Marty

Sculpture - 16 x 12 x 10 cm

$744

Piaf PopRock Picots S Alu (Modèle 1), Valerie Marty

Piaf PopRock Picots S Alu (Modèle 1)

Valerie Marty

Sculpture - 17 x 8 x 10 cm

$721

My Kid Just Ruined My François Pompon, Ziegler T

My Kid Just Ruined My François Pompon

Ziegler T

Sculpture - 18 x 32 x 11 cm

$555

Deer Stainless Steel Original Sculpture Minimalistic Animal Art, Irena Tone

Deer Stainless Steel Original Sculpture Minimalistic Animal Art

Irena Tone

Sculpture - 32.5 x 20 x 16 cm

$1,221

Fluo Gorilla, Socrate

Fluo Gorilla

Socrate

Sculpture - 64 x 49 x 35 cm

$1,221

Plexilion doré, M.Cros

Plexilion doré

M.Cros

Sculpture - 40 x 32 x 4 cm

$1,776

Stozland© El rebelde Che, Stoz

Stozland© El rebelde Che

Stoz

Sculpture - 19 x 20 x 20 cm

$499

Chas Muisca mauve, Chanoir

Chas Muisca mauve

Chanoir

Sculpture - 20 x 10 x 9 cm

$3,885

Petit panda Pink, Miko-R

Petit panda Pink

Miko-R

Sculpture - 36 x 30 x 30 cm

$2,109

Envolée de papillons Street Art, Yohan PLU

Envolée de papillons Street Art

Yohan PLU

Sculpture - 48 x 30 x 24 cm

$832

My blue dog love Louis Vuitton, Patrick Cornée

My blue dog love Louis Vuitton

Patrick Cornée

Sculpture - 32 x 32 x 15 cm

$2,553 $2,297

Poisson triple fish, Hayvon

Poisson triple fish

Hayvon

Sculpture - 28 x 27 x 6 cm

$311

Sans titre (no comment), Francky Boy

Sans titre (no comment)

Francky Boy

Sculpture - 31 x 56 x 6 cm

$2,220

Streetart Statue Lion, Maudin

Streetart Statue Lion

Maudin

Sculpture - 59 x 32 x 25 cm

$1,665 $1,082

CROCO RIVA, Mr Live

CROCO RIVA

Mr Live

Sculpture - 38 x 130 x 91 cm

$3,330

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

La Fenice (The Phoenix), Ugo Nespolo

La Fenice (The Phoenix)

Ugo Nespolo

Sculpture - 35.6 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm

$1,100

Ourson Dansant, Bennie

Ourson Dansant

Bennie

Sculpture - 23 x 15 x 12 cm

$766

L'homme au chien (no 3/8), Lolek

L'homme au chien (no 3/8)

Lolek

Sculpture - 50 x 31 x 15 cm

$4,994

Sculpture petit cheval en métal recyclé, Hassan Laamirat

Sculpture petit cheval en métal recyclé

Hassan Laamirat

Sculpture - 165 x 46 x 122 cm

$1,665

Hi Panda Happy, Jiji

Hi Panda Happy

Jiji

Sculpture - 55 x 43 x 34 cm

$1,054

Bears Rolex (Black & Gold), John Tobb

Bears Rolex (Black & Gold)

John Tobb

Sculpture - 30 x 33 x 20 cm

$721

Ballet marin, Clemyart

Ballet marin

Clemyart

Sculpture - 10 x 20 x 10 cm

$422

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

Patte d'ours polaire, Ronceval

Patte d'ours polaire

Ronceval

Sculpture - 15 x 42 x 15 cm

$1,276

Bronze statue of the lion-2, Tong Kunniao

Bronze statue of the lion-2

Tong Kunniao

Sculpture - 62 x 28 x 38 cm

$14,317

Bou del Tassili caminant / Walking Tassili Bull, Martí Rom

Bou del Tassili caminant / Walking Tassili Bull

Martí Rom

Sculpture - 35 x 22 x 22 cm

$1,665

Fuzz, Kriki

Fuzz

Kriki

Sculpture - 16 x 13 x 3 cm

$533

Human gorilla, Gite

Human gorilla

Gite

Sculpture - 31 x 38 x 33 cm

$2,109

Tauromaquia, Estartus

Tauromaquia

Estartus

Sculpture - 153 x 310 x 6 cm

$88,789

Animal Sculpture for Sale

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

The representation of animals and anthropomorphism 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 civilizations. 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 symbolizing 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 characterized 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 endeavored 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 Jaques Dufrane, Raymundo Fabian Melchor and Roxana y Jesus Hernandez.

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What is the most famous animal sculpture?

Some of the most famous animal sculptures in the world are Charging Bull by Arturo di Modica, The Last Three by Gillie and Marc Schattner, and Lions by Edward Kemeys. 

Who is the most famous animal sculptor?

The most famous sculptors who produced animal sculptures include Edward Kemeys, who is credited as being the first animal sculptor (animalier) in America, and Antoine-Louis Barye, a French Romantic sculptor who lived during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

What is Jeff Koons rabbit made of?

Jeff Koons' Rabbit series consists of three stainless steel sculptures.