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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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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


Joanna Glazer, Yellow Flower Dog, Sculpture

Joanna Glazer

Yellow Flower Dog, 2017
9.8 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch

$294 $587

Valérie Hadida, Rêverie (5/8), Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

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


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


Arman, Demeter, Sculpture


Demeter, 1986
51.2 x 21.7 x 13.8 inch


Stoz, Primitive and wild, Sculpture


Primitive and wild, 2021
7.1 x 5.5 x 4.7 inch


Hersk, Something to Suck 368, Sculpture


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


Spaco, Dinosaure, Sculpture


Dinosaure, 2021
7.5 x 9.4 x 7.1 inch


Nanan, Charles, Sculpture


Charles, 2021
7.5 x 11.4 x 7.1 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Fashion Silver Turtle, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

Fashion Silver Turtle, 2021
9.8 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch


Ian Philip, Super migoldo, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Super migoldo, 2021
22 x 17.7 x 11.8 inch


Istraille, MailBox Naia & Hanae, Sculpture


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


Zed, Flexo Be Zen 2 - Noir, Sculpture


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


Sébastien Créteur, Monyalos  Chromolux  A Jaune primaire N°5/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Monyalos Chromolux A Jaune primaire N°5/8, 2018
3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Beatrice Bizot, El pájaro, Sculpture

Beatrice Bizot

El pájaro, 2021
5.9 x 6.7 x 4.7 inch


César Baldaccini, Compression d'orfèvrerie dorée, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression d'orfèvrerie dorée, 1987
11.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Shake, Dollar Dream, Sculpture


Dollar Dream, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch

$534 $593

PyB, People, Sculpture


People, 2021
9.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch


Grégory Marseille, Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Skate, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Santicri, Eggs Hermès, Sculpture


Eggs Hermès, 2021
2.8 x 5.9 x 7.9 inch

$534 $593

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


Babette Degraeve, It's mine, Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

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


Jean-Jacques Joujon, Cube Equilibre incolore, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Joujon

Cube Equilibre incolore, 2021
23.6 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Ted Pop Art, Snoopy Soup Campbell's, Sculpture

Ted Pop Art

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


Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line., Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Indeterminate Line., 1988
11 x 19.7 x 16.1 inch


Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt, Tête à collerette, Sculpture

Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt

Tête à collerette, 2021
10.6 x 10.2 x 9.8 inch


Ghost Art, Crumpled Dollar 2, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Crumpled Dollar 2, 2020
31.7 x 59.4 x 0.1 inch


Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie, Lemon Pudding, Sculpture

Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie

Lemon Pudding, 2017
11.4 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch


Arsen, iKO Touch, Sculpture


iKO Touch, 2021
26.8 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Bernard Pras, Joker, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Joker, 2021
45.3 x 47.2 x 7.9 inch


Vincent Ochs, Apesanteur, Sculpture

Vincent Ochs

Apesanteur, 2019
13.4 x 10.6 x 5.1 inch


Olivier DeGroote, Sniper Bullet Ball Chanel, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Sniper Bullet Ball Chanel, 2021
11 x 2.6 x 2.6 inch


Fat, Mickey Boîte aux lettres, Sculpture


Mickey Boîte aux lettres, 2019
52 x 13.8 x 12.2 inch


OneFake, The quiet life of Buddha Homer, Sculpture


The quiet life of Buddha Homer, 2021
9.8 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


VL., Ghostskull, Sculpture


Ghostskull, 2021
7.9 x 8.7 x 2.4 inch

$181 $202

Edu Danesi, Butterfly Effect, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Butterfly Effect, 2021
51.2 x 47.2 x 3.9 inch


Karl Lagasse, One dollar Rols Gold, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

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


Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche, Maintenant, Sculpture

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche

Maintenant, 2021
20.1 x 11.8 x 9.1 inch


Haude Bernabé, Canopée, Sculpture

Haude Bernabé

Canopée, 2020
42.1 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch


Emmanuel Bour, Deviens, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Deviens, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 13.8 inch


Ravi, Lanceur de coeur, Sculpture


Lanceur de coeur, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch

$192 $213

Gautier Caille, Dom Perignon, Sculpture

Gautier Caille

Dom Perignon, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Christophe Charbonnel, Persée, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Persée, 2021
11.4 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch


Seyni Awa Camara, Maternité à la cruche, Sculpture

Seyni Awa Camara

Maternité à la cruche, 1998
15 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch


Jaromir Gargulak, Apple, Apple, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Apple, Apple, 2021
4.3 x 3.1 x 2.8 inch


Art Vladi, Playmobil Rolex, Sculpture

Art Vladi

Playmobil Rolex, 2021
24.4 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Nasty, Golden Champagne Handstyle, Sculpture


Golden Champagne Handstyle, 2021
7.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch


Keny, Lampe Tag King, Sculpture


Lampe Tag King, 2021
8.3 x 4.3 x 5.1 inch


Philarthrop, Batte Chanel, Sculpture


Batte Chanel, 2021
31.1 x 2 x 2 inch


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


Patrick Salamone, Ace Lolly Dreeping N°189, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ace Lolly Dreeping N°189, 2021
18.5 x 5.9 x 1.4 inch


Miko-R, Flamme Taguée, Sculpture


Flamme Taguée, 2021
44.5 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch


Viktor Zuk, Bird is Resting, Sculpture

Viktor Zuk

Bird is Resting, 2021
10.2 x 11.4 x 3.5 inch


Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Flamingo Black, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Flamingo Black, 2021
29.5 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Efi Mashiah, Large White Rolls Royce, Sculpture

Efi Mashiah

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


Arno Sebban, Union, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Union, 2020
35.4 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


Saname, Caps, Sculpture


Caps, 2021
8.7 x 8.7 x 1.8 inch


Jean-François Gambino, Gibraltar 2/8, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

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


Yannick Bouillault, Sixties granite, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

Sixties granite, 2021
7.9 x 4.3 x 3.5 inch


Alben, Goldorak Bullet, Sculpture


Goldorak Bullet, 2021
13 x 19.7 x 11 inch


Rachel Kah, Décrepitude  (RK17), Sculpture

Rachel Kah

Décrepitude (RK17), 2020
21.7 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch


Réjane LeChat, Le Coureur I/IV, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Le Coureur I/IV, 2021
8.3 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch


Josepha, Lys, Sculpture


Lys, 2021
15.7 x 25.6 x 9.8 inch


Natalie Laudon, Bulldog français, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Bulldog français, 2021
19.7 x 21.7 x 11.8 inch


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