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Sculpture

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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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, 2021
24.4 x 13 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Miguel Guía, Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel bleue 63, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel bleue 63, 2021
24.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$853

Salvador Dali, Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, 1974
23.6 x 10.2 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$27,099

Miss Tic, On s'aime prenez en de la graine, Sculpture

Miss Tic

On s'aime prenez en de la graine, 2021
17.7 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,229

Pierre Gimenez, La main au cigare, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

La main au cigare, 2021
13.8 x 9.4 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,885

Bernard Pras, Frida, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Frida, 2021
33.5 x 29.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$22,582

David Ferreira, Cactus, Sculpture

David Ferreira

Cactus, 2021
59.8 x 21.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,760

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (332), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (332), 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,151

Patrick Villas, Le cygne, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Le cygne, 2021
39.4 x 43.3 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$47,673

Philippe Buil, Cheval Barbe 49-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Cheval Barbe 49-21, 2021
13 x 10.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,694

Béatrice Fernando, Tête de cheval, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Tête de cheval, 2021
13.4 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$728

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Espoirs de Femmes 1, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Espoirs de Femmes 1, 2018
24 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,140

Philippe Berry, Hippo et Papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Hippo et Papillons, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Artigas Planas, Hope, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Hope, 2021
8.3 x 13.4 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,041

Marc Petit, Le serment, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le serment, 2018
18.1 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping bonbon rouge, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping bonbon rouge, 2021
17.7 x 5.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Le grand sage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Le grand sage, 2015
24 x 15.7 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$957

Stoz, Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, 2021
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, Sculpture

André Robillard

Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, 2020
10.6 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Yohan PLU, Cœur I, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Cœur I, 2021
14.6 x 11.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Spaco, Mickey Colors, Sculpture

Spaco

Mickey Colors, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$301

Adeline Weber Guibal, Danseuse, Sculpture

Adeline Weber Guibal

Danseuse, 2021
7.1 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,117

Ian Philip, Business Vador, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Vador, 2021
33.1 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,893

Dirk De Keyzer, Hariette, Sculpture

Dirk De Keyzer

Hariette, 2016
33.1 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Alain Olivieri, l'Etoile, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

l'Etoile, 2020
7.9 x 4.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$615

Fat, Never Give Up, Sculpture

Fat

Never Give Up, 2021
52 x 14.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Marianne Turck, Globe, Sculpture

Marianne Turck

Globe, 2021
14.2 x 11 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Zed, Walking around, Sculpture

Zed

Walking around, 2013
55.1 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Gaspard Mitz, Special Delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special Delivery, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$815

Arman, Variation, Sculpture

Arman

Variation, 2002
33.5 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$13,800

Wabé, Personnage n°1060, Sculpture

Wabé

Personnage n°1060, 2014
4.3 x 2 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$447

Pierre Ribà, Bon espoir, Sculpture

Pierre Ribà

Bon espoir, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,276

Chantal de Sutter, Jules, Sculpture

Chantal de Sutter

Jules, 2021
11.8 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Poonam Choudhary, Vase, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Vase, 2021
18 x 9 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$1,400

Erika Calesini, Happy gum fucsia, Sculpture

Erika Calesini

Happy gum fucsia, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,262

Angelo Lembo, King Duck, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

King Duck, 2020
12.6 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,026

PyB, Toro de laguiole, Sculpture

PyB

Toro de laguiole, 2021
7.9 x 11.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$301

Irena Tone, Stainless bear, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Stainless bear, 2021
12.6 x 8.3 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$598 $665

Secca, Japan, Sculpture

Secca

Japan, 2016
15.7 x 25.6 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

$17,188

Françoise Bartlet, L'indien, Sculpture

Françoise Bartlet

L'indien, 2017
17.7 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,764

Gille Monte ruici, Robot Exaphot, Sculpture

Gille Monte ruici

Robot Exaphot, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,129

Nathalie CIRINO, Sérénité II, Sculpture

Nathalie CIRINO

Sérénité II, 2020
9.1 x 9.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,513

Edmée Delsol, Rocher III, Sculpture

Edmée Delsol

Rocher III, 2016
17.7 x 21.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$8,280

Chanoir, Cha Au Grand Coeur, Sculpture

Chanoir

Cha Au Grand Coeur, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,022

Wenqi Liu, Texture II, Sculpture

Wenqi Liu

Texture II, 2020
15.6 x 11 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Lis Sam, Painting to dream - Chanel, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Painting to dream - Chanel, 2021
20.9 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$577

Olivier DeGroote, Trowel Mondrian, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Trowel Mondrian, 2021
13.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$314

TMM, Joe Bar Bike, Sculpture

TMM

Joe Bar Bike, 2021
36.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,509

Emä Léonie, Vénus, série 2, Sculpture

Emä Léonie

Vénus, série 2, 2020
14.2 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Niki de Saint Phalle, L’ange vase, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

L’ange vase, 1993
39.4 x 20.5 x 14.6 inch
Sculpture

100,000 - $ 250,000

Ule Ewelt, Lionesse, Sculpture

Ule Ewelt

Lionesse, 2020
9.4 x 22 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,760

Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
9.8 x 8.7 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$213

Jean-Yves Gosti, Le joyeux silex, Sculpture

Jean-Yves Gosti

Le joyeux silex, 2020
15.6 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,140

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Bronze reflections, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Bronze reflections, 2021
46.5 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Muriel Deumie, Passage équilibré, Sculpture

Muriel Deumie

Passage équilibré, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,066

Gérard Beaucousin, Brume, Sculpture

Gérard Beaucousin

Brume, 2017
9.4 x 10.6 x 5.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,764

Dani Olivier, Explosion, Sculpture

Dani Olivier

Explosion, 2021
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Fred Meurice, Love Kong, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Love Kong, 2021
17.7 x 5.9 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,945

VL., Heart Skull, Sculpture

VL.

Heart Skull, 2021
6.3 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$125

Santicri, Brush, Sculpture

Santicri

Brush, 2021
15.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$326

Shakeart83, Skate Chanel, Sculpture

Shakeart83

Skate Chanel, 2021
8.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$350 $389

Michel Audiard, Un ange passe, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Un ange passe, 2020
47.2 x 15.7 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Gomor, Money box, Sculpture

Gomor

Money box, 2020
53.1 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,531

Milko Dobrev, Eagle, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Eagle, 2021
18.5 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,694

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