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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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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, 2014
14.6 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch


Miguel Guía, Chien Ballon apesanteur en Nickel 63, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Chien Ballon apesanteur en Nickel 63, 2020
24.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


KiKo, MailBox Ourson, Sculpture


MailBox Ourson, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Arman, Aqua frago, Sculpture


Aqua frago, 2004
29.5 x 16.5 x 3.9 inch


Capocci, Mickey Fuck noir brillant, Sculpture


Mickey Fuck noir brillant, 2021
6.3 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 2017
29.5 x 15.7 x 19.7 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Valerie Marty, Piaf Hermès Orange, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Hermès Orange, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Maxime Plancque, N°350, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°350, 2021
57.9 x 8.5 x 5.5 inch


Stratos, Vire-Volte, Sculpture


Vire-Volte, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Philippe Buil, Vanité 55-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Vanité 55-21, 2021
4.7 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch


Béatrice Fernando, Tête de taureau, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Tête de taureau, 2021
19.3 x 16.9 x 8.7 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (342), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (342), 2021
28.3 x 22 x 18.9 inch


Hersk, Something To Suck 357, Sculpture


Something To Suck 357, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Li Lihong, Li Lihong's Apple China grand format - Or - Edition Loft, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Li Lihong's Apple China grand format - Or - Edition Loft, 2007
11 x 11 x 11 inch


S2Bart, Capsule LV black & white, Sculpture


Capsule LV black & white, 2021
13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Bas-Relief - 785, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Bas-Relief - 785, 2018
16.5 x 16.9 x 7.5 inch


Philippe Berry, Hippo et Papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Hippo et Papillons, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Arno Sebban, Full Blue, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Full Blue, 2021
32.7 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch


César Baldaccini, Coeur éclaté, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Coeur éclaté, 1986
21.3 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


Nanan, Renaud, Sculpture


Renaud, 2021
11.4 x 7.1 x 7.5 inch


William David, Nova, Sculpture

William David

Nova, 2021
28.7 x 16.5 x 10.2 inch


Helder Batista, Stoneage 2.1, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Stoneage 2.1, 2021
24.8 x 7.7 x 7.7 inch


Julian Opie, Blazer, Sculpture

Julian Opie

Blazer, 2020
20.1 x 7.1 x 0.4 inch


Bounoure & Genevaux, Composition 1, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

Composition 1, 2020
17.3 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch


Maguy Banq, Sur la berge, Sculpture

Maguy Banq

Sur la berge, 2020
23.6 x 19.3 x 4.3 inch


Stoz, Stozland© Dancing Man, Sculpture


Stozland© Dancing Man, 2021
10.6 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch

$455 $506

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Sauvage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Sauvage, 2019
10.2 x 4.7 x 1.2 inch


Julio Le Parc, Continuel lumières à cylindres, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Continuel lumières à cylindres, 1962
25.6 x 19.7 x 3.1 inch


Karel Appel, From the Circus series. Flower Clown, Sculpture

Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Flower Clown, 1978
39.4 x 47.2 x 9.8 inch


Julie Espiau, Langoureuse, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Langoureuse, 2020
6.3 x 5.9 x 7.5 inch


Yohan PLU, Sofia, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Sofia, 2021
21.3 x 14.6 x 7.1 inch


Céline Mahiques, Extincteur Coco Chanel, Sculpture

Céline Mahiques

Extincteur Coco Chanel, 2020
23.6 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Valérie Hadida, Brindille 2 - 5/8, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Brindille 2 - 5/8, 2021
9.8 x 4.1 x 2.2 inch


Jérémy Ferreira, Basketball Luxury Chanel Gold, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Basketball Luxury Chanel Gold, 2021
31.5 x 43.3 x 15.7 inch


Sophie Théodose, Sculpture Entrelacs, Sculpture

Sophie Théodose

Sculpture Entrelacs, 2018
8.3 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch


Marie-Noëlle Ronayette, Les chaussures de maman, Sculpture

Marie-Noëlle Ronayette

Les chaussures de maman, 2019
29.9 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Rafael Barrios, Levitation IV, Sculpture

Rafael Barrios

Levitation IV, 2019
15.7 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch


Dario Perez-Flores, Prochromatique 3, Sculpture

Dario Perez-Flores

Prochromatique 3, 2010
20.9 x 20.9 x 2.8 inch


Aurelija Simkute, Alone, Bronze Sculpture, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Alone, Bronze Sculpture, 2017
18.9 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch


Fat, Mickey Skate, Sculpture


Mickey Skate, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Spaco, Panthere, Sculpture


Panthere, 2021
3.9 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch


Gaspard Mitz, At last !, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

At last !, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch


Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche, Arrache-toi, Sculpture

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche

Arrache-toi, 2021
20.5 x 15 x 11 inch


Luis Tomasello, Chromoplastiques 1025, Sculpture

Luis Tomasello

Chromoplastiques 1025, 2013
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Boris Jean, L'animal de compagnie, Sculpture

Boris Jean

L'animal de compagnie, 2017
5.5 x 5.9 x 11.4 inch


Imfré Gite, Tête de cheval, Sculpture

Imfré Gite

Tête de cheval, 2021
16.3 x 13.8 x 6.7 inch


Julien Capron, Vallauris, Sculpture

Julien Capron

Vallauris, 2020
11.4 x 7.9 x 11.4 inch


Olivier DeGroote, Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Gregorio Vardanega, Couleurs en diffusion, Sculpture

Gregorio Vardanega

Couleurs en diffusion, 1969
13.8 x 13 x 7.1 inch


Betsy Enzensberger, Double Rainbow, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Double Rainbow, 2021
5 x 3 x 1 inch


Julie Jaler, Baril Porsche Gris, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Baril Porsche Gris, 2021
35.4 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch


Miko-R, Petit Rhino Pop Tagué, Sculpture


Petit Rhino Pop Tagué, 2018
61 x 137.8 x 216.5 inch


Art'Mony, Un amour de chien, Sculpture


Un amour de chien, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Saxo, Black Plate Ferrari, Sculpture


Black Plate Ferrari, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Sébastien Langloÿs, VoŸage, Jacques Brel, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

VoŸage, Jacques Brel, 2018
13.8 x 6.3 x 6.7 inch


Irena Tone, Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, 2020
9.1 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch

$1,047 $1,164

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Waves in Gray, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Waves in Gray, 2021
34.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'Art goût Kate Moss, Sculpture

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'Art goût Kate Moss, 2021
13 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch


Gianfranco Meggiato, Sfera Quantica, Sculpture

Gianfranco Meggiato

Sfera Quantica, 2015
78.7 x 47.2 x 47.2 inch


ASO-P, Pavé du mur du Bonheur - 453, Sculpture


Pavé du mur du Bonheur - 453, 2021
7.5 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch


Santicri, Eggs Pop, Sculpture


Eggs Pop, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch

$398 $443

Sufyr, Au coin de la rue, Sculpture


Au coin de la rue, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch


Kuno Vollet, Stone Gingko, Sculpture

Kuno Vollet

Stone Gingko, 2021
16.5 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch


Guillaume Roche, Exclos 115, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Exclos 115, 2012
20.1 x 7.1 x 5.1 inch


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