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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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Atsuko Ishii, Dress for tea, Fine Art Drawings

Atsuko Ishii

Dress for tea, 2019
11.8 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$120

Nathanael Koffi, Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, 2020
4.3 x 3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$181

Gediminas Endriekus, Witch Horse, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Witch Horse, 2018
6.3 x 2.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,651

Richard Orlinski, Panthère Born Wild Noir 1/8, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Panthère Born Wild Noir 1/8, 2012
55.1 x 118.1 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$92,919

Keng Wai Lee, Stream 3, Painting

Keng Wai Lee

Stream 3, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$2,965

Andrzej Fogtt, Two tigers, Painting

Andrzej Fogtt

Two tigers, 2019
22.4 x 29.9 inch
Painting

$1,807

Flow, Birds, Painting

Flow

Birds, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,856

Magdalena Nalecz, Delights Gardens 10, Painting

Magdalena Nalecz

Delights Gardens 10, 2020
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$711

Clive Meredith, Barn Owl portrait, Painting

Clive Meredith

Barn Owl portrait, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$1,264

Francoise Augustine, Huginn, Painting

Francoise Augustine

Huginn, 2021
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$1,205

Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,253

Ellie Hesse, Jungle Jive (Jungle Book), Painting

Ellie Hesse

Jungle Jive (Jungle Book), 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,530

Boureima Ouedraogo, Coq, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Coq, 2021
16.5 x 9.1 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$542

René Magritte, L'art de la conversation, Print

René Magritte

L'art de la conversation, 1969
17.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Print

$904

Grégory Gérard, Les profondeurs, Painting

Grégory Gérard

Les profondeurs, 2021
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$542

Daniel Byrne, Crown, Sculpture

Daniel Byrne

Crown, 2020
21.3 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,106

Isabel de Jesus, Take care of animals, Painting

Isabel de Jesus

Take care of animals, 2020
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,928

Alberto Cecconi, La vieille femme et son âne, Painting

Alberto Cecconi

La vieille femme et son âne, 1962
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$774

Philippe Jacq, L'indien perdu avec son cheval, Painting

Philippe Jacq

L'indien perdu avec son cheval, 2021
27.6 x 51.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,783

Léa Poncharal, Orange and Blue Flight, Sculpture

Léa Poncharal

Orange and Blue Flight, 2021
11.8 x 14.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,578

Erol, L'envol, Sculpture

Erol

L'envol, 2021
20.9 x 16.5 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$13,253

Albena Vatcheva, Portrait aux perles, Painting

Albena Vatcheva

Portrait aux perles, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1 inch
Painting

$4,229 $4,699

Meteo Meteo, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Meteo Meteo

Sans titre, 2021
9.4 x 6.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$54 $71

Albena Vatcheva, Souvenirs d'enfance, Print

Albena Vatcheva

Souvenirs d'enfance, 2021
11.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Print

$65 $71

Muriel Deumie, Dans  L'oeil du futur, Print

Muriel Deumie

Dans L'oeil du futur, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Print

$629 $699

Patrick Villas, Leopard II maquette, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Leopard II maquette, 2021
11 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,844

Philippe Pasqua, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Pasqua

Sans titre, 2010
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,615

Menashe Kadishman, Purple Sheep, Painting

Menashe Kadishman

Purple Sheep, 1990
31.1 x 23.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,060 $3,400

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Snoopy Hippie, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Snoopy Hippie, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,856

Teppei Ikehila, Untitled, Painting

Teppei Ikehila

Untitled, 2021
13 x 13 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$663

Mosko, Panthère rose, Painting

Mosko

Panthère rose, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,024

Elia Pagliarino, Cinabre #3, Fine Art Drawings

Elia Pagliarino

Cinabre #3, 2020
28.3 x 20.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$904

David Jamin, Fidèle compagnon, Painting

David Jamin

Fidèle compagnon, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$759

Diana Malivani, Still Life with Chinese Porcelain, Painting

Diana Malivani

Still Life with Chinese Porcelain, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,024

Luis Alvarado, Les laboureurs, Painting

Luis Alvarado

Les laboureurs, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$241

Patopalomo, Konfina2, Painting

Patopalomo

Konfina2, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$675

Valérie Crausaz, Enfant et buse, Painting

Valérie Crausaz

Enfant et buse, 2020
30.1 x 22.8 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,928

Monkeybird, Anagogie, Print

Monkeybird

Anagogie, 2021
20.5 x 20.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$301

Seb Paul Michel, MIaooo abstrat III, Painting

Seb Paul Michel

MIaooo abstrat III, 2020
25.6 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$482

Sreya Gupta, Dazzling Hues, Painting

Sreya Gupta

Dazzling Hues, 2021
24 x 36 inch
Painting

$964

Kusbudiyanto, Bonding with Nature, Painting

Kusbudiyanto

Bonding with Nature, 2021
39.4 x 29.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,133

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One), Extinction, Painting

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One)

Extinction, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$482

Agnès Robin, Connection, Painting

Agnès Robin

Connection, 2021
30 x 30 x 1.5 inch
Painting

$1,789

Mercedes Cosano, Méduses 14, Photography

Mercedes Cosano

Méduses 14, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,024

Nicole Leidenfrost, Stier 2, Fine Art Drawings

Nicole Leidenfrost

Stier 2, 2019
23.5 x 16.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$792 $880

M.Cros, Plein la crinière, Painting

M.Cros

Plein la crinière, 2021
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,301 $1,446

Gérard Garouste, Le minotaure _ l'Apiculteur et les indiens, Print

Gérard Garouste

Le minotaure _ l'Apiculteur et les indiens, 2009
7.5 x 4.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$843

Yasmine Esfandiary, Tree of life N°1, Painting

Yasmine Esfandiary

Tree of life N°1, 2021
24 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$482

Noël Granger, Poule blanche, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Poule blanche, 2020
11 x 8.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$108

Walasse Ting, Jardin exotique, Print

Walasse Ting

Jardin exotique, 1986
47.2 x 63 x 0.1 inch
Print

$10,241

BB.Queen, Monster and Cat, Painting

BB.Queen

Monster and Cat, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$169

Walter Barrientos, Sans titre, Painting

Walter Barrientos

Sans titre, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$663

Stefano Bombardieri, Elia e l'elefante Piccolo, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Elia e l'elefante Piccolo, 2020
17.7 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$24,097

Gizi, Adios, Painting

Gizi

Adios, 2008
31.9 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,012

Hunt Slonem, Pink diamond, Painting

Hunt Slonem

Pink diamond, 2021
10 x 8 x 2 inch
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Sabek Nonsense, Résurrection, Print

Sabek Nonsense

Résurrection, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Print

$904

J Eleme, Bestiaire, Painting

J Eleme

Bestiaire, 2020
13 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$542

Clara Crespin, Planète bleue, Painting

Clara Crespin

Planète bleue, 2016
10.6 x 16.1 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$1,024

Malika Sajeevani, Self Portrait, Painting

Malika Sajeevani

Self Portrait, 2014
35.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$825

ZiB, La chatte en chasse, Painting

ZiB

La chatte en chasse, 2020
39.4 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,410

Fariba Rahnavard, Disaster Never Rests, Painting

Fariba Rahnavard

Disaster Never Rests, 2018
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,988

Isabelle Carabantes, Lièvre, Sculpture

Isabelle Carabantes

Lièvre, 2020
17.9 x 8.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,181

Amarkine Amarteifio, Horses, Painting

Amarkine Amarteifio

Horses, 1998
22.5 x 47 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,900

Jorge Castillo, Batiburillo, Print

Jorge Castillo

Batiburillo, 1978
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Print

$301

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