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Sport Print

Although art and physical education were considered completely opposing subjects at school, they have actually proven to be a perfect match in the art world. Sport in art has been depicted many times throughout history, and is particularly prominent in contemporary art.

In antiquity, the Greeks worshipped the youthful and athletic body, paintingthe events of the first Olympic Games on pottery in 776 BC. 

Whatever the medium (photography, painting, sculpture, collage, etc.), their anatomy, their psychological state, where they train or even their competitions; athletes are a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Developing technology and the ability to travel have made the study of sports more accessible to amateurs everywhere. Whether represented in a realistic or symbolic way, sport is a recurrent theme for young artists. Join us at Artsper as we enter sport mode and unveil our very own Olympic podium of artworks.

Photography is probably the first medium we think of when we think about the artistic representation of sport. This is for technical reasons, as speed is needed to capture athletes at the height of their game. Snapshots of athletes are taken on the spot to better capture an accurate portrayal of not only their movements, but also the rising tension between opposite team members. 

Leader of the new wave, Gerry Cranham made a career out of athletics before becoming a coach himself. A passionate photographer, he took photos of the young athletes he trained in order to rectify their techniques, and analyse their running approach. After becoming a professional sports photographer at the age of 28, he quickly established a reputation, spearheading sport photography not only in England but also internationally. His photographs of rugby, football, tennis, wrestling and swimming, were printed worldwide in prestigious magazines such as Sports Illustrated and The Observer. 

Sport also inspired painters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which can be seen in Gustave Courbet's 1853 painting, The Wrestlers. This large format oil painting depicts two men engaged in 'French wrestling', in the former hippodrome on the Champs-Élysées. To the right of the painting there is a grandstand filled with spectators who are cheering on the athletes. Even Claude Monet explored the theme of sport with his 1872 work Regattas at Argenteuil, where sailboats leave mesmerising reflections on the water's surface. Meanwhile modern artist Nicolas de Staël, depicts an abstract football match with his work Footballers, where players can only be made out from the use of flat tints of colour that determine their team. 

Like Gerry Cranham, you can also find your calling through contemporary sport painting, sculpture and photography. Discover the works by both established and emerging artists like Victor Spahn, Isabelle Picarel, Michel Birot, Makiko Furuichi and others...  

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Stefan Thelen / Super A, The Syndicate, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

The Syndicate, 2019
31.6 x 24.8 x 2 inch
Print

$1,231

Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch
Print

$113

Sandro Chia, Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Sandro Chia

Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$1,759

Zhang Wei Guang, Baseball, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Zhang Wei Guang

Baseball, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$628

Omar Galliani, East, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Omar Galliani

East, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,570

Alfredo Sosabravo, Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, Print

Alfredo Sosabravo

Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,005

Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$555

Nelson Leirner, Hot dog, Print

Nelson Leirner

Hot dog, 2013
11.8 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,512

Piero Pizzi Cannella, Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Piero Pizzi Cannella

Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

< $ 2,500

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, Print

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, 1984
33.5 x 24.4 x 0 inch
Print

$15,073

Jeffrey Isaac, Diversions, Print

Jeffrey Isaac

Diversions, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$754

Zhou Zhiwei, Equestrian, Print

Zhou Zhiwei

Equestrian, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$528

Satish Gupta, Arjuna the Ace Archer, Print

Satish Gupta

Arjuna the Ace Archer, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$879

Giuseppe Gallo, Boxers, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Giuseppe Gallo

Boxers, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$572

Alberto Di Fabio, Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Alberto Di Fabio

Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$613

Trevor Gould, Swimming, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Trevor Gould

Swimming, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$816

Fabio Mauri, Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Fabio Mauri

Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$980

Alexander de Cadenet, Epicentre, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Alexander de Cadenet

Epicentre, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$754

Pier Augusto Breccia, Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Pier Augusto Breccia

Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$695

LeRoy Neiman, Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal / Los Angeles Lakers), Print

LeRoy Neiman

Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal / Los Angeles Lakers), 2000
47 x 32 inch
Print

$4,500

Mr Cute, Fulguropoing, Print

Mr Cute

Fulguropoing, 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.6 inch
Print

$842

Victor Spahn, Lithographie originale de Spahn, Print

Victor Spahn

Lithographie originale de Spahn, 1949
29.5 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Print

$251

Serge Mendjisky, Défilé à Enghien, Print

Serge Mendjisky

Défilé à Enghien, 1970
23.4 x 19.5 inch
Print

$239

Teratoiid, Wooden Nerves, Print

Teratoiid

Wooden Nerves, 2017
26.8 x 7.5 x 0.6 inch
Print

$251

Dwight Baird, Red, White N' Blue, Print

Dwight Baird

Red, White N' Blue, 1996
18 x 15 x 1 inch
Print

$130

Michael Kagan, V As in Victor, Print

Michael Kagan

V As in Victor, 2019
38.2 x 29.1 inch
Print

$16,000

Dréa, La Randonnée, Print

Dréa

La Randonnée, 2020
28 x 20 x 0.1 inch
Print

$220

Ronnie Wood, Muhammad Ali, Print

Ronnie Wood

Muhammad Ali, 2002
28.5 x 21.5 inch
Print

$12,000

David Nash, Roland Garros French Open, Print

David Nash

Roland Garros French Open, 2013
31.5 x 23.5 x 0.1 inch
Print

$250

Zhenjun Du, Roland Garros French Open, Print

Zhenjun Du

Roland Garros French Open, 2015
31 x 23 inch
Print

$450

Constantin Byzantios, Composition pour les JO, Print

Constantin Byzantios

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$377

Jiri Kolár, Composition pour les JO, Print

Jiri Kolár

Composition pour les JO, 1992
35.4 x 24.8 inch
Print

$377

Nalini Malani, Roland Garros  French Open, Print

Nalini Malani

Roland Garros French Open, 2010
31 x 23 inch
Print

$900

konrad klapheck, Davis Cup, Print

konrad klapheck

Davis Cup, 1983
36 x 24 inch
Print

$1,200

Cotten/Prince, From Art Sounds Portfolio, Print

Cotten/Prince

From Art Sounds Portfolio, 1986
12 x 12 inch
Print

$250

Em'Ji, Du-Eau-Dit-Vin (diptyque), Print

Em'Ji

Du-Eau-Dit-Vin (diptyque), 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,759

Joanna Gebal, Yoga, Print

Joanna Gebal

Yoga, 2019
9.4 x 14.2 inch
Print

$264

Paul Oz, Lewis Hamilton, Print

Paul Oz

Lewis Hamilton, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Print

$1,296

Keflione, Polar Totem, Print

Keflione

Polar Totem, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$415

Tyler James, Creating Space, Print

Tyler James

Creating Space, 2017
24 x 48 inch
Print

$625

Sam3, Voluntas, Print

Sam3

Voluntas, 2016
19.3 x 30.7 inch
Print

$276

Majid Davoodi, De la série Frame Movie n°882, Print

Majid Davoodi

De la série Frame Movie n°882, 2014
35.4 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,570

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Styles Change - Style Endures _ cyan, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Styles Change - Style Endures _ cyan, 2020
19 x 14 inch
Print

$854

Johnathan Ball, Lonzo Ball Lakers, Print

Johnathan Ball

Lonzo Ball Lakers, 2019
7.9 x 6.3 inch
Print

$1,520

Johnathan Ball, LeBron Dunk, Print

Johnathan Ball

LeBron Dunk, 2019
20 x 16 inch
Print

$1,520

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Tunnel Vision Version 2 (Alternate Gold), Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Tunnel Vision Version 2 (Alternate Gold), 2018
18.1 x 24 inch
Print

$402

Johnathan Ball, LeBron James, Print

Johnathan Ball

LeBron James, 2018
16 x 20 inch
Print

$1,520

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Styles Change - Style Endures _ black, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Styles Change - Style Endures _ black, 2020
19 x 14 inch
Print

$854

Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch
Print

$565

Sophie Petetin, PLAGE DE L'OUEST, DOUCE MAREE, Print

Sophie Petetin

PLAGE DE L'OUEST, DOUCE MAREE, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$119

Ron English, Delusionville, Print

Ron English

Delusionville, 2019
7.9 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Print

$754

Ron English, Last Fast breakfast, Print

Ron English

Last Fast breakfast, 2019
7.9 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Print

$879

Valérie Betoulaud, Double plongeon - vert, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Double plongeon - vert, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Valérie Betoulaud, Culture Physique - Bleu Orange, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Culture Physique - Bleu Orange, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Valérie Betoulaud, Les skieurs - jaune, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Les skieurs - jaune, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Eduardo Arroyo, Copa del mundo de futbol, Print

Eduardo Arroyo

Copa del mundo de futbol, 1982
37.4 x 23.6 inch
Print

$879

Valérie Betoulaud, Le plongeoir bleu, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Le plongeoir bleu, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Valérie Betoulaud, Double plongeon, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Double plongeon, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Valérie Betoulaud, Toutes à l'eau, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Toutes à l'eau, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$578

Pola 4.0, James Dean #180063 n°1/8, Print

Pola 4.0

James Dean #180063 n°1/8, 2018
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,512

Pola 4.0, Steve McQueen #1800058 n°25/50, Print

Pola 4.0

Steve McQueen #1800058 n°25/50, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$477

Denial, Fashion Addict: Hermès pill, Print

Denial

Fashion Addict: Hermès pill, 2019
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,250

Denial, Fashion Addict: Burberry pill, Print

Denial

Fashion Addict: Burberry pill, 2019
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$854

Valérie Betoulaud, Les patineuses - bleu rose, Print

Valérie Betoulaud

Les patineuses - bleu rose, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$578

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