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Animals are often featured in news, sometimes in heartwarming tales of human and animal companionship and other times in heartbreaking stories of illegal trade and endangered species. Animals are even present in social sciences, especially thank to  ethology (behavioural sciences of animals in their natural habitat). They have fascinated philosophers from Antiquity all the way through to today and they are even present in the medical realm, as the benefits of animal-assisted therapies have been scientifically proven. 

The relationship between humans and animals is also taken into account in the politics, most notably when debating topics related to ecology, the protection of ecosystems and sustainable development. Thus, animals might be seen as a crucial indicator of humanity's concerns. 

As well in these many sectors, animals are also very much present in the arts. A number of art museums have decided exhibitions to animals including the Cluny Museum in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Whether simply a humble spectator in an 18th century painting or the central subject of a Courbet painting, animals are present throughout the history of art. From symbolic, to esthetic, to abstract, to animal drawings meant to simply record their appearance...all these representations have played a role in influencing artists and also how we characterise and think of individual animals.

Each civilisation has represented the animal on multiples supports (mosaics, metal, stone, bones, etc.) as seen on the Nerja cave wall paintings in Andalusia discovered in 1925. Animal iconography has had multiple purposes, varying according to the era and place. Bats, for example, are often used to represent death, fear or superstition in Western art, whereas the Chinese see them as a sign of happiness. The omnipresence of animals within cultures across the globe is probably down to the similarities between men and animal, a source of both fascination and fear. 

In this selection, Artsper helps you to discover the beauty of the animal kingdom, its diversity, strength and fragility. Artists depict animals in a huge range of mediums: sculpture, painting, photographs, and drawings. Contemporary artists bring an original and poetic vision to their representations of the animals with whom we share our world.

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Béatrice Fernando, Cheval Anthopomorphe, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Cheval Anthopomorphe, 2021
55.1 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,233

Nicolas Monjo, Promiscuité marée montante, Painting

Nicolas Monjo

Promiscuité marée montante, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$868

Corneille, Le seigneur de la savane, Print

Corneille

Le seigneur de la savane, 1997
18.9 x 14.2 inch
Print

$372

Philippe Berry, Hippo et Papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Hippo et Papillons, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Thomas Loyatho, A role, Painting

Thomas Loyatho

A role, 2021
21.7 x 18.5 x 1 inch
Painting

$682

La Robotte, Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, Print

La Robotte

Oeuvre à porter n°01 - Janvier - L'attente, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$360

Marianne Ratier, Lapin, Print

Marianne Ratier

Lapin, 2015
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$50

Yasen Zgurovski, Bulls and Cows 1, Painting

Yasen Zgurovski

Bulls and Cows 1, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$149

Benjamin David, Georges, Painting

Benjamin David

Georges, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,290

Ghislaine Ferreira, Girafe, Painting

Ghislaine Ferreira

Girafe, 2021
63.8 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,962

Christophe Comerro, Pand'Ours PopArt Hermés, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Pand'Ours PopArt Hermés, 2021
15.7 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$968

Robert Séguin, Husky, Painting

Robert Séguin

Husky, 2021
40.2 x 40.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,101

Amandine Urruty, Pieces, Fine Art Drawings

Amandine Urruty

Pieces, 2020
47.2 x 94.5 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$17,739

Nick Walker, Papillon, Painting

Nick Walker

Papillon, 2020
27.6 x 23.6 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$7,443

Diana Malivani, Au milieu des Tulipes, Painting

Diana Malivani

Au milieu des Tulipes, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,342

Albena Vatcheva, I was beautiful, Print

Albena Vatcheva

I was beautiful, 2021
16.5 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Print

$110 $122

Thierry Corpet, Tiny - Hommage Basquiat I, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Tiny - Hommage Basquiat I, 2021
14 x 11.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$595 $744

Art'Mony, Un amour de chien, Sculpture

Art'Mony

Un amour de chien, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,284

Art'Mony, Bug Bunny Happy, Painting

Art'Mony

Bug Bunny Happy, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$992

Irena Tone, Gold and black leaf imitation Bear, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Gold and black leaf imitation Bear, 2021
9.4 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$648 $720

Valerian Sioridzé, Buste Lion, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Buste Lion, 2020
10.2 x 4.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$595

Akiza, Loving Fish II, Painting

Akiza

Loving Fish II, 2013
23.6 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,481

Hayvon, Poissons Rouges, Painting

Hayvon

Poissons Rouges, 2021
14.6 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$261

Paul Akiiki, Standing together, Painting

Paul Akiiki

Standing together, 2020
26 x 64 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,000

Mireia Serra, Big Journey (2/8), Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Big Journey (2/8), 2018
5 x 16 x 7 inch
Sculpture

$7,840

Marianne Lefevre, Le disque, Painting

Marianne Lefevre

Le disque, 2021
19.7 x 24 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold

Pimax, Giant Nourf, Sculpture

Pimax

Giant Nourf, 2019
57.1 x 29.5 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$12,281

Alexandre Granger, Retour en Enfance, Fine Art Drawings

Alexandre Granger

Retour en Enfance, 2021
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,714

Block513, I am on my way, Painting

Block513

I am on my way, 2021
29.5 x 3.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$893 $1,116

Sonia Lalic, Rhino, Fine Art Drawings

Sonia Lalic

Rhino, 2018
27.6 x 39.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,228

Alain Le Chapelier, The Woman with the Gulls, Photography

Alain Le Chapelier

The Woman with the Gulls, 2007
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$968

Louis Stecken, Eléphant et porte-conteneurs, Painting

Louis Stecken

Eléphant et porte-conteneurs, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,365

Alëxone, Chevauche ton tigre, Print

Alëxone

Chevauche ton tigre, 2020
23.6 x 30.7 inch
Print

$682

Keng Wai Lee, House of Devayne, Painting

Keng Wai Lee

House of Devayne, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,177

Hunt Slonem, Peaches Georgia, Painting

Hunt Slonem

Peaches Georgia, 2021
30 x 23 x 2 inch
Painting

15,000 - $ 25,000

Sinao, Playboy, Painting

Sinao

Playboy, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

10,000 - $ 15,000

Agent X, Butterfly 74, Print

Agent X

Butterfly 74, 2021
28.3 x 39.8 inch
Print

$1,011

Christelle Link, Et Pan ! - série personnages fantastiques, Painting

Christelle Link

Et Pan ! - série personnages fantastiques, 2019
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,101

Shui Qiu, Distance, Fine Art Drawings

Shui Qiu

Distance, 2021
56.7 x 56.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$12,000

Jeremy Novy, 5 Koi - Right Sage Green, Painting

Jeremy Novy

5 Koi - Right Sage Green, 2021
32 x 38 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,495

Sreya Gupta, Gleaming Garden, Painting

Sreya Gupta

Gleaming Garden, 2021
32 x 22 inch
Painting

$720

Clara Crespin, Printemps au Rajasthan, Painting

Clara Crespin

Printemps au Rajasthan, 2021
57.9 x 66.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$7,567

Guillaume Cornet, Coffee People, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Cornet

Coffee People, 2019
3.9 x 3.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$279

Jean-Jacques Venturini, Voyage 2, Painting

Jean-Jacques Venturini

Voyage 2, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,241

FOV, Bunny, Painting

FOV

Bunny, 2020
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,233

Juan Carlos Suarez, Les toucans, Painting

Juan Carlos Suarez

Les toucans, 2021
27.6 x 63 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,722

Nicole Benjamin, Alba, Painting

Nicole Benjamin

Alba, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,203

Viktor Horiaiev, Fish driver, Painting

Viktor Horiaiev

Fish driver, 2009
81.5 x 65.7 x 15.7 inch
Painting

$23,000

Hélène Caron, En attendant l'été, Painting

Hélène Caron

En attendant l'été, 2021
48 x 48 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,962

Kerry Darlington, Ancient Pathway, Print

Kerry Darlington

Ancient Pathway, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Print

$1,148

Robert Bissell, The Ascent, Painting

Robert Bissell

The Ascent, 2020
21 x 34 inch
Painting

$4,500

Martine Dégot, Ma jungle, Sculpture

Martine Dégot

Ma jungle, 2021
39.4 x 35.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,924

Juan Carlos Suarez, Cocora XVI, Painting

Juan Carlos Suarez

Cocora XVI, 2021
23.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,481

Johnathan Ball, Tyto Alba, Fine Art Drawings

Johnathan Ball

Tyto Alba, 2020
12 x 9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,160

Steven Rudin, Party in Patchogue, Photography

Steven Rudin

Party in Patchogue, 2018
52 x 56 x 3 inch
Photography

5,000 - $ 10,000

Blek Le Rat, L'anarchiste, Print

Blek Le Rat

L'anarchiste, 2020
9.1 x 12.2 inch
Print

$2,481

Georg Trivisas, The carcass, Painting

Georg Trivisas

The carcass, 2000
31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,737

Joe Coffey, Brando as "Tragedy", Painting

Joe Coffey

Brando as "Tragedy", 2020
24 x 26 inch
Painting

$3,600

Christian Allard, Sans Titre, Painting

Christian Allard

Sans Titre, 2017
23.6 x 28.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,528

Star York, Flying Horses, Sculpture

Star York

Flying Horses, 2015
18 x 22.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,850

Onie Jackson, Ulysse et le Cheval de Troie, Painting

Onie Jackson

Ulysse et le Cheval de Troie, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$5,086

Hoi Lebadang, Two Horses and Flowers, Print

Hoi Lebadang

Two Horses and Flowers, 1970
42 x 57 x 1 inch
Print

$3,000

Barbara Daeffler, Luth portant le monde, Sculpture

Barbara Daeffler

Luth portant le monde, 2020
11.8 x 19.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,861

Steven Rudin, Metropolitan (Tableau), Painting

Steven Rudin

Metropolitan (Tableau), 2019
32 x 40 inch
Painting

10,000 - $ 15,000

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