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Although humans began to sculpt for ritualistic purposes or to create tools very early on, the history of sculpture can be separated into two key periods.

The first period stretches from Antiquity to the 19th century. The various artistic movements which cover these 20 centuries were deeply inspired by ancient Greek art and in particular by their sculptures, which adorned the temples and paid tribute to their mythological Gods by representing the human body in its most ideal form. The first to be inspired by this art were the Romans, who copied many ancient Greek sculptures and modelled them in the likeness of Gods but also of important figures in society. Medieval art, just like Roman art, took a more political turn but also a religious one as Catholicism spread across Europe.

Churches were built and sculpture became an integral part of their architecture, in particular in Romanesque and Gothic art. It was finally during the Renaissance that sculpture once again became closely linked to classical works, especially with sculptures that were much more anatomically precise.. Nude sculptures became very popular and represented a real feat sculptors who knew how to create them were held in high esteem. Heavily inspired by painting, the subjects represented became increasingly more expressive…

In the 17th century, sculptors began to push the style of Antiquity further and sculpture became dramatic and picturesque. It wasn't until the 19th century that classicism became fashionable again.

The end of the 19th century was a pivotal time in the history of sculpture. It marked the end of centuries of inspiration from Antiquity. The instigator of change was none other than Auguste Rodin who, after an inspiring journey to Italy, brought a breath of fresh air to the world of sculpture. Even if his style remains quite academic, he influenced many 20th century sculptors.

Different ideas about art were born in the 20th century with modern and contemporary sculpture. Cubists like Pablo Picasso depicted perspective from different angles; Brancusi and his simple, refined wooden sculptures led the way for abstract art in the years to follow; Dadaism, a provocative style free of any kind of artistic norms, produced the first ready-mades with Marcel Duchamp; Jean Tinguely grappled with technology to create his imperfect machines…

It wasn't until the 1960s and 70s that contemporary sculpture appeared with Conceptual Art, where the idea behind the work took precedence over the aesthetic and the Fluxus movement which radically questioned the foundations of artwork. The 60s also saw the rise of minimalism and artists putting into practice Mies Van Der Rohe's conviction that 'less is more'. Other contemporary artists such as Richard Serra, Carl André and Donald Judd created very architectural works. There was Pop Art but also Land Art, monumental artworks created in the very heart of nature, and of course, Arte Povera, which rejected consumer society and turned its focus towards nature and the ephemeral.

On Artsper, you'll find a carefully chosen selection of sculptures which cover all the latest sculptural trends in contemporary art. You will find sculptures made of bronze, marble, clay,  paper, plaster, steel, neon, metal, glass,  resin, iron, terra cotta and wood. When looking for a sculpture to buy; you can either choose a large-scale work or one of a more reasonable size. You could opt for a piece which easily fits in with your interior design or you could go for a monumental piece as a bold addition to your collection. You could even choose an outdoor sculpture like the ones made by our artists Nicolas Dubreuille and Etienne Rey. In our “Famous artists" category you will find artists such as Arman , Carlos Cruz Diez, Philippe Pasqua and Damien Hirst and in our "Emerging Artists" category we have Bastien Cuenot, Emeric Chantier and Gaspard Mitz.

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Christophe Comerro, Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 17.7 inch


Miss Tic, Testée positive à l'amour, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Testée positive à l'amour, 2021
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch


Miguel Guía, Chien béat sur nickel 59, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Chien béat sur nickel 59, 2021
23.2 x 21.7 x 8.3 inch


Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, bleu mick, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, bleu mick, 2021
12.2 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch


Philippe Buil, Une Larme, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Une Larme, 2021
8.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Hersk, Something to suck 363, Sculpture


Something to suck 363, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Nathanael Koffi, Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

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


Edu Danesi, Fangio, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Fangio, 2021
41.3 x 35.8 x 1.6 inch


C215, Oncle Sam, Sculpture


Oncle Sam, 2020
24.8 x 15.4 x 3.9 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Toctoc, Les Beatles Duduss, Sculpture


Les Beatles Duduss, 2020
9.8 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch


Shelby, Multi love sculpture, Sculpture


Multi love sculpture, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch


Spaco, Skull colors gold, Sculpture


Skull colors gold, 2021
5.1 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Bipbip le Coyote, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bipbip le Coyote, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch

$1,615 $2,154

Stan Wysocki, Nude, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

Nude, 2018
13.4 x 2.4 x 6.3 inch


Ninu, Crock de toi, Sculpture


Crock de toi, 2021
9.8 x 11.8 x 3.5 inch


Beatrice Bizot, Eyes open, Sculpture

Beatrice Bizot

Eyes open, 2021
22.4 x 5.1 x 4.7 inch


Kaws, What Party Full Set, Sculpture


What Party Full Set, 2020
9.8 x 5.9 x 3.5 inch


Joëlle Laboue, Sil 9, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Sil 9, 2021
17.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


CD Souza, Heart, Sculpture

CD Souza

Heart, 2021
13.8 x 5.9 x 2 inch


Julien Sartkis, Parasol de deauville Chanel, Sculpture

Julien Sartkis

Parasol de deauville Chanel, 2021
11.8 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Maguy Banq, Réflexion, Sculpture

Maguy Banq

Réflexion, 2019
7.3 x 3.3 x 5.1 inch


Sagrasse, Renaissance, Sculpture


Renaissance, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Shake, Alone Boy, Sculpture


Alone Boy, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch

$538 $598

Alain Olivieri, Orisha, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Orisha, 2021
12.6 x 3.5 x 2 inch


André Saraiva, Big Mr. A Ball - Blue, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Big Mr. A Ball - Blue, 2021
11 x 11 x 11 inch


Boureima Ouedraogo, Poulet bicyclette, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Poulet bicyclette, 2021
13.8 x 7.1 x 9.4 inch


JC Thorez, B6 Inox, Sculpture

JC Thorez

B6 Inox, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch


Patrick Cornée, My French Bulldog has a cool style, Sculpture

Patrick Cornée

My French Bulldog has a cool style, 2021
11 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch

$2,477 $2,752

Jeffrey Van Roij, Black capsule supreme, Sculpture

Jeffrey Van Roij

Black capsule supreme, 2021
19.7 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch

$1,508 $1,675

Suzanne Larrieu, Mère et fils, Sculpture

Suzanne Larrieu

Mère et fils, 2021
14.6 x 7.1 x 8.7 inch


Valerie Marty, Piaf Hermès, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Hermès, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Zed, Flexo Be Dreamer 5 - Noir, Sculpture


Flexo Be Dreamer 5 - Noir, 2021
14.2 x 6.7 x 9.1 inch


Jean-Jacques Joujon, Buste BullDog, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Joujon

Buste BullDog, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch


Zacharie Kologo, Musicien errant, Sculpture

Zacharie Kologo

Musicien errant, 2021
31.1 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch


Jérôme Fraignac, Batman, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Batman, 2017
35.4 x 30.7 x 3.1 inch


Jeff Cunningham, Night Rain, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Night Rain, 2018
11.8 x 16.9 x 0.6 inch


Gaspard Mitz, At your own risk, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

At your own risk, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch


Christine Louchet, Betty Boop - série portrait de personnages, Sculpture

Christine Louchet

Betty Boop - série portrait de personnages, 2019
23.6 x 11.4 x 0.6 inch


Tilde, Refuge 1, Sculpture


Refuge 1, 2021
15 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch

$528 $586

Jorn Van Hoorn, Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, 2021
15 x 8.7 x 12.2 inch


PyB, Basquiat art and logos, Sculpture


Basquiat art and logos, 2021
9.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch


Daniel Byrne, Crown, Sculpture

Daniel Byrne

Crown, 2020
21.3 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch


Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Chanel, Sculpture


Fluo Playmobil Chanel, 2021
24.4 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch


Simone De Rosa, Brick Hope VS Banksy, Sculpture

Simone De Rosa

Brick Hope VS Banksy, 2021
14.6 x 14.6 x 2.4 inch


Ian Philip, Skate Business Vador II, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Skate Business Vador II, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch


Advanced Canvas, Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 N° 36, Sculpture

Advanced Canvas

Porsche Carrera RS 2.7 N° 36, 2021
17.7 x 31.5 x 3.1 inch


Christian Della Giustina, L'art est fait pour troubler, Sculpture

Christian Della Giustina

L'art est fait pour troubler, 2021
21.7 x 10.2 x 8.7 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
7.9 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch


VL., Trophée Mickey Skull, Sculpture


Trophée Mickey Skull, 2021
6.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inch

$118 $132

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (282), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (282), 2018
28.7 x 12.2 x 7.9 inch


Boris Jean, Uparis#3, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Uparis#3, 2017
11 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch


Yann Perrier, Sphère 1220, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère 1220, 2021
10.2 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Elena Bulatova, Small white sparkle popsicle, Sculpture

Elena Bulatova

Small white sparkle popsicle, 2021
12 x 8 x 5 inch


Josepha, Assise sur le Rocher, Sculpture


Assise sur le Rocher, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Erol, L'envol, Sculpture


L'envol, 2021
20.9 x 16.5 x 13 inch


Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Bowl with Falling Apples, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Bowl with Falling Apples, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
9.3 x 6.1 x 5.9 inch


Patrick Villas, Leopard II maquette, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Leopard II maquette, 2021
11 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch


JP Malot, Coke, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Vincent Gachaga, Black et Mertimer, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Black et Mertimer, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch


Philippe Berry, Splash Turquoise, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Splash Turquoise, 2006
23.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Art Vladi, Speedy Money, Sculpture

Art Vladi

Speedy Money, 2021
24.4 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch


David Gerstein, Heartbeat, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Heartbeat, 2021
17.7 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Sanne Terweij, The Storm, Sculpture

Sanne Terweij

The Storm, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch


2mé, COOLure, Sculpture


COOLure, 2021
43.3 x 5.5 x 4.3 inch

$485 $538

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