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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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Miguel Guía, Synthèse fille avec ballon rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Synthèse fille avec ballon rouge, 2021
13.8 x 2.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$826

Miss Tic, Testée positive à l'amour, Sculpture

Miss Tic

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

$718

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
Sculpture

$1,412

Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, bleu mick, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

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

$5,025

Philippe Buil, Une Larme, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Une Larme, 2021
8.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,556

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

$179

Hersk, Something to suck 363, Sculpture

Hersk

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

$778

Takashi Murakami, Takeshi Murakami Bunbu Ponchi Shimon x Supreme Triptych Skatedecks, Sculpture

Takashi Murakami

Takeshi Murakami Bunbu Ponchi Shimon x Supreme Triptych Skatedecks, 2007
31 x 8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$9,050

Ninu, Iron Man Colors, Sculpture

Ninu

Iron Man Colors, 2021
7.9 x 6.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

C215, Oncle Sam, Sculpture

C215

Oncle Sam, 2020
24.8 x 15.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Spaco, Skull colors gold, Sculpture

Spaco

Skull colors gold, 2021
5.1 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$287

Vincent Sabatier, Bipbip le Coyote, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bipbip le Coyote, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,615 $2,154

Gediminas Endriekus, Witch Horse, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Witch Horse, 2018
6.3 x 2.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,632

Sagrasse, Renaissance, Sculpture

Sagrasse

Renaissance, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$658

Alain Olivieri, Orisha, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Orisha, 2021
12.6 x 3.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$742

Boureima Ouedraogo, Poulet bicyclette, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Poulet bicyclette, 2021
13.8 x 7.1 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$479

Jeffrey Van Roij, Black capsule supreme, Sculpture

Jeffrey Van Roij

Black capsule supreme, 2021
19.7 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,508 $1,675

JC Thorez, B6 Inox, Sculpture

JC Thorez

B6 Inox, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,914

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
Sculpture

$2,477 $2,752

Maxime Plancque, N°359, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°359, 2021
44.9 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,795

CD Souza, Heart, Sculpture

CD Souza

Heart, 2021
13.8 x 5.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,333

Suzanne Larrieu, Mère et fils, Sculpture

Suzanne Larrieu

Mère et fils, 2021
14.6 x 7.1 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

Zacharie Kologo, Musicien errant, Sculpture

Zacharie Kologo

Musicien errant, 2021
31.1 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$778

Zed, Flexo Climber 5 - Rouge, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Climber 5 - Rouge, 2021
5.1 x 15 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$239

Jeff Cunningham, Night Rain, Sculpture

Jeff Cunningham

Night Rain, 2018
11.8 x 16.9 x 0.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,386

Zed, Flexo Be Dreamer 5 - Noir, Sculpture

Zed

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

$179

Gaspard Mitz, At your own risk, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

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

$778

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
Sculpture

$2,094

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
Sculpture

$5,384

Daniel Byrne, Crown, Sculpture

Daniel Byrne

Crown, 2020
21.3 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,065

Tilde, Refuge 2, Sculpture

Tilde

Refuge 2, 2021
15 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$586

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
Sculpture

$479

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
Sculpture

$5,743

Philippe Venin-Bernard, La victorieuse, Sculpture

Philippe Venin-Bernard

La victorieuse, 1993
5.1 x 8.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,292 $1,436

PyB, Picsou art and logos, Sculpture

PyB

Picsou art and logos, 2021
9.4 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$335

Diederik Van Apple, Cohiba bear pink, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

Cohiba bear pink, 2020
31.5 x 21.7 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$8,974

Oliver Ney, Campbell Soup, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Campbell Soup, 2020
41.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,470

VL., Trophée Mickey Skull, Sculpture

VL.

Trophée Mickey Skull, 2021
6.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$118 $132

Léa Poncharal, Orange and Blue Flight, Sculpture

Léa Poncharal

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

$4,547

Socrate, Fluo Qee Bearbrick, Sculpture

Socrate

Fluo Qee Bearbrick, 2021
18.5 x 10.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Erol, L'envol, Sculpture

Erol

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

$13,162

Boris Jean, Uparis#3, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Uparis#3, 2017
11 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,025

Yann Perrier, Sphère 1205, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère 1205, 2021
8.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,487

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (311), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (311), 2021
21.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,846

JP Malot, Coke, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,316

Ian Philip, Business Pilot Gulf, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Pilot Gulf, 2021
20.5 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,111

Patrick Villas, Leopard II maquette, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

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

$11,965

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Alien Spider Sculpture Gold Legs Abstract Animal Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Alien Spider Sculpture Gold Legs Abstract Animal Sculpture, 2021
3.9 x 7.3 x 7.3 inch
Sculpture

$769 $961

Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
7.9 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$11,846

Benji Pop Art, Apple LV, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Apple LV, 2021
4.3 x 3.3 x 3.3 inch
Sculpture

$239

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Snoopy Hippie, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Snoopy Hippie, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,829

Kuno Vollet, Love's Bond, Sculpture

Kuno Vollet

Love's Bond, 2020
33.5 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,971

Philippe Berry, Splash Violet, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Splash Violet, 2006
23.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Vincent Gachaga, Black et Mertimer, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Black et Mertimer, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,496

Miko-R, Petit panda crazy love couleurs, Sculpture

Miko-R

Petit panda crazy love couleurs, 2021
14.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,273

2mé, COOLure, Sculpture

2mé

COOLure, 2021
43.3 x 5.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$485 $538

Longet, Bulldog Money, Sculpture

Longet

Bulldog Money, 2021
14.2 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$957

Atelier Piquifou, Africaine, Sculpture

Atelier Piquifou

Africaine, 2021
17.7 x 3.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$574

Aldric Bendahmane, L'attente, Sculpture

Aldric Bendahmane

L'attente, 2021
12.6 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$419

David Gerstein, Endless Love, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Endless Love, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Devin Miles, Love (Silver), Sculpture

Devin Miles

Love (Silver), 2021
33.1 x 25.2 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,119

Ravi, Puzzle Inverse, Sculpture

Ravi

Puzzle Inverse, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$191

Caroline Vis, In my head, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

In my head, 2021
60.2 x 23.6 x 29.5 inch
Sculpture

$17,948

Mario Dilitz, N° 152, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

N° 152, 2021
33.9 x 15 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$27,521

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