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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, Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel, 2019
11.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$566

Joanna Glazer, Yellow Flower Dog, Sculpture

Joanna Glazer

Yellow Flower Dog, 2017
9.8 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$292 $584

Valérie Hadida, Rêverie (5/8), Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Rêverie (5/8), 2021
12.2 x 10.2 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,423

C215, Rocky, Sculpture

C215

Rocky, 2017
19.3 x 11.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,598

Philippe Buil, Vanité de l'alpha à l’oméga, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Vanité de l'alpha à l’oméga, 2021
13.4 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,002

Arman, Demeter, Sculpture

Arman

Demeter, 1986
51.2 x 21.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$64,840

Stoz, Primitive and wild, Sculpture

Stoz

Primitive and wild, 2021
7.1 x 5.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$472

Didier Lourenço, MS Together, Sculpture

Didier Lourenço

MS Together, 2021
44.9 x 37.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$7,427

Ian Philip, Super migoldo, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Super migoldo, 2021
22 x 17.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,773

Spaco, Haring dog, Sculpture

Spaco

Haring dog, 2021
5.9 x 9.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$283

Miss Tic, Testée positive à l'amour, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Testée positive à l'amour, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Hersk, Something to Suck 368, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 368, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$766

Nanan, Charles, Sculpture

Nanan

Charles, 2021
7.5 x 11.4 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,297

Beatrice Bizot, El pájaro, Sculpture

Beatrice Bizot

El pájaro, 2021
5.9 x 6.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$531

Grégory Marseille, Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Skate, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$236

Diederik Van Apple, Fashion Silver Turtle, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

Fashion Silver Turtle, 2021
9.8 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,297

Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line., Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Indeterminate Line., 1988
11 x 19.7 x 16.1 inch
Sculpture

$111,997

Shake, Dollar Dream, Sculpture

Shake

Dollar Dream, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$531 $589

PyB, People, Sculpture

PyB

People, 2021
9.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$330

Istraille, MailBox Naia & Hanae, Sculpture

Istraille

MailBox Naia & Hanae, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,126

Zed, Flexo Be Zen 2 - Noir, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Be Zen 2 - Noir, 2021
9.1 x 11 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$177

Ted Pop Art, Snoopy Soup Campbell's, Sculpture

Ted Pop Art

Snoopy Soup Campbell's, 2021
11 x 11 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$483

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie, Lemon Pudding, Sculpture

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

Lemon Pudding, 2017
11.4 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$901

Patrick Cornée, My French bulldog is rich, Sculpture

Patrick Cornée

My French bulldog is rich, 2021
14.6 x 20.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,440 $2,712

Vincent Ochs, Apesanteur, Sculpture

Vincent Ochs

Apesanteur, 2019
13.4 x 10.6 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$849

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche, Maintenant, Sculpture

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche

Maintenant, 2021
20.1 x 11.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,240

Babette Degraeve, It's mine, Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

It's mine, 2021
21.3 x 21.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,421

Emmanuel Bour, Deviens, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Deviens, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,248

Ghost Art, Crumpled Dollar 2, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Crumpled Dollar 2, 2020
31.7 x 59.4 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,366

Santicri, Eggs Hermès, Sculpture

Santicri

Eggs Hermès, 2021
2.8 x 5.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$531 $589

Haude Bernabé, Canopée, Sculpture

Haude Bernabé

Canopée, 2020
42.1 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$11,200

Paul Rebeyrolle, Seule, Sculpture

Paul Rebeyrolle

Seule, 1974
21.3 x 19.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$17,684

Gautier Caille, Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Gautier Caille

Dom Perignon, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$9,667

OneFake, Bender (Futurama) (Funny thing in the real world), Sculpture

OneFake

Bender (Futurama) (Funny thing in the real world), 2021
7.9 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$130

Karl Lagasse, One dollar Rols Gold, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

One dollar Rols Gold, 2021
15.4 x 1.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$10,610

Arsen, iKO Touch, Sculpture

Arsen

iKO Touch, 2021
26.8 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,167

Julie Jaler, Mickey Miami #1, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Mickey Miami #1, 2021
11.8 x 7.3 x 4.9 inch
Sculpture

$448

Socrate, Love Barrel, Sculpture

Socrate

Love Barrel, 2021
23.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,533

Nadya Bertaux, La ronde du vent 162 - 1, Sculpture

Nadya Bertaux

La ronde du vent 162 - 1, 2017
63.8 x 63.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$6,130

Ravi, Banksywood, Sculpture

Ravi

Banksywood, 2021
13.8 x 7.1 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Christophe Charbonnel, Persée, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Persée, 2021
11.4 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,773

Valerie Marty, Piaf Total White Satin, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Total White Satin, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$342

Keny, Lampe Tag King, Sculpture

Keny

Lampe Tag King, 2021
8.3 x 4.3 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$354

Un Made, Timeless 1, Sculpture

Un Made

Timeless 1, 2018
28.3 x 67.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,895

Jaromir Gargulak, Gold Pigeon 5/25, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Gold Pigeon 5/25, 2021
3.5 x 7.5 x 4.5 inch
Sculpture

$648

Nasty, Golden Champagne Handstyle, Sculpture

Nasty

Golden Champagne Handstyle, 2021
7.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,650

Philarthrop, Batte Chanel, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Batte Chanel, 2021
31.1 x 2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$377

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Hermes, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Hermes, 2021
23.6 x 35.4 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,829

Christine Guillemin, Savane, Sculpture

Christine Guillemin

Savane, 2019
11.8 x 5.9 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,126

Efi Mashiah, Large White Rolls Royce, Sculpture

Efi Mashiah

Large White Rolls Royce, 2021
14.5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$1,440

Anany, Pierre de Rêve - Blanc, Sculpture

Anany

Pierre de Rêve - Blanc, 2021
19.7 x 24.8 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,167

Viktor Zuk, Bird is Resting, Sculpture

Viktor Zuk

Bird is Resting, 2021
10.2 x 11.4 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$542

Saname, Caps, Sculpture

Saname

Caps, 2021
8.7 x 8.7 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$330

Alben, Goldorak Bullet, Sculpture

Alben

Goldorak Bullet, 2021
13 x 19.7 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$6,130

Arno Sebban, Union, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Union, 2020
35.4 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,065

Dananjaya Edirisinghe, A Spring in Autumn, Sculpture

Dananjaya Edirisinghe

A Spring in Autumn, 2021
26.8 x 35 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Jean-François Gambino, Gibraltar 2/8, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

Gibraltar 2/8, 2021
18.5 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$11,789

Aldo Chaparro, Mx Red, October 8, 2021 10:30, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Mx Red, October 8, 2021 10:30, 2021
41.3 x 48.4 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Pap's, Paris-Tokyo, Sculpture

Pap's

Paris-Tokyo, 2021
9.1 x 8.7 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$589

Fabian Albertini, Magnetismus #6, Sculpture

Fabian Albertini

Magnetismus #6, 2021
19.3 x 13.4 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,301

Mosoti Kepha, Binti mrembo (beautiful girl), Sculpture

Mosoti Kepha

Binti mrembo (beautiful girl), 2021
19.1 x 12.2 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$2,228

Anthony Miclo, M.M 2, Sculpture

Anthony Miclo

M.M 2, 2021
10.2 x 9.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$159 $177

Andriy Petrovskyy, Untitled, Sculpture

Andriy Petrovskyy

Untitled, 2021
8.1 x 8.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,155

Gaël Rouxeville, Énigme, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Énigme, 2019
2.4 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,886

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