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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, En attendant le prochain voyage, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

En attendant le prochain voyage, 2021
18.5 x 4.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,078

Miss Tic, Faire le mur, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Faire le mur, 2021
15.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,187

Richard Orlinski, Wild heart, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild heart, 2021
12.6 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

S2Bart, Ourson Hermès, Sculpture

S2Bart

Ourson Hermès, 2021
13.8 x 11 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$666

Philippe Buil, Crane 104-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Crane 104-21, 2021
4.3 x 3.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$267

Alain Mimouni, Gold Dollar, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Gold Dollar, 2021
23.6 x 51.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,787

Arman, Panthère, Sculpture

Arman

Panthère, 2002
11 x 18.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$11,510

Marc Boffin, Teddy petrol coeur (medium), Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Teddy petrol coeur (medium), 2020
8.3 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$660

Hersk, Something to Suck 362, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 362, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$788

Vincent Sabatier, Terminator II, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Terminator II, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,636 $2,181

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Sauter par dessus bord - 579, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Sauter par dessus bord - 579, 2017
35.8 x 9.8 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,060

Vincent Sabatier, Heart Blue, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Heart Blue, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,636 $2,181

tizlu, Neptune On The Block, Sculpture

tizlu

Neptune On The Block, 2021
11.4 x 9.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,527 $1,696

Bernard Pras, Gare au gorille, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Gare au gorille, 2021
35.4 x 46.5 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$30,290

Stoz, W Worm, Sculpture

Stoz

W Worm, 2021
7.1 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$485

Spaco, Five N°5 Chanel, Sculpture

Spaco

Five N°5 Chanel, 2021
9.4 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$291

Yohan PLU, Neela, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Neela, 2021
21.7 x 13.8 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,030

Âme Sauvage, Savage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Savage, 2021
5.5 x 2.8 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$545

Edu Danesi, Butterfly Effect, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Butterfly Effect, 2021
51.2 x 47.2 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,089

Philippe Pasqua, Vanity, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanity, 2014
21.7 x 15.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Âme Sauvage, Blue art dog, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Blue art dog, 2021
10.2 x 3.9 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$509

Shelby, Hope Multi Sculpture, Sculpture

Shelby

Hope Multi Sculpture, 2021
13.8 x 13.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,072 $2,302

Benji Pop Art, Maca-art LV beige S, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-art LV beige S, 2021
0.8 x 1.4 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Virginia Benedicto, Pépita, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Pépita, 2021
39.4 x 20.5 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

Patrick Villas, Affinity IV, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Affinity IV, 2021
83.9 x 59.1 x 30.3 inch
Sculpture

$84,812

Emmanuel Bour, Des idées carrées, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Des idées carrées, 2021
19.7 x 6.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,908

Claude Gilli, Paysage, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

Paysage, 1990
19.7 x 16.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,785

Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
11.4 x 8.3 x 22.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,106 $6,785

Landry Clément, Flabellum (LC48), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Flabellum (LC48), 2021
13.4 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$751

Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
19.3 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$182

Betsy Enzensberger, Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Big Rose Sprinkle Pop, 2021
7.1 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$479

Valerie Marty, Piaf Picots L, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Picots L, 2021
13.8 x 9.1 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,078

Zed, Give Your Love H100, Sculpture

Zed

Give Your Love H100, 2021
32.7 x 12.2 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,454

Gaspard Mitz, A well deserved break, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

A well deserved break, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$788

Marcelo Martin Burgos, Hibou, Sculpture

Marcelo Martin Burgos

Hibou, 2021
65 x 9.6 x 9.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

Ed Templeton, Copper Head, Sculpture

Ed Templeton

Copper Head, 2005
17.75 x 6.5 x 2.75 inch
Sculpture

$15,751

JM Collell, Jimi Hendrix 1, Sculpture

JM Collell

Jimi Hendrix 1, 2021
45.3 x 35.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Marcus Egli, Hominium 2, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Hominium 2, 2018
5.5 x 2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$545

Ian Philip, Business Goldorak, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Goldorak, 2021
20.5 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,392

Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2019
10.6 x 3.1 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,115

Julie Jaler, Mini Baril Porsche Gris, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Mini Baril Porsche Gris, 2021
23.6 x 15 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$1,042

Karl Lagasse, Silver one dollar, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Silver one dollar, 2021
13.4 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,087

Tarek, Custom lettre A, Sculpture

Tarek

Custom lettre A, 2015
9.1 x 8.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$257

Manuèle Bernardi, Golden hours, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Golden hours, 2021
13.8 x 15.7 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,241

JP Malot, Toy!, Sculpture

JP Malot

Toy!, 2021
8.7 x 4.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$848

Fred Meurice, Hommage Keith Haring, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Hommage Keith Haring, 2021
8.5 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$909

Sagrasse, Sweet Love, Sculpture

Sagrasse

Sweet Love, 2021
13 x 23.6 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,454

Nicolas Delage, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Aphrodite, 2021
98.4 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,510

Julie Jaler, Grenade Porsche Grise, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Grenade Porsche Grise, 2021
8.7 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$666

Maxime Davoust, Like a Venus, Sculpture

Maxime Davoust

Like a Venus, 2021
40.9 x 12.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,148

Valerian Sioridzé, Panda, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Panda, 2021
8.7 x 5.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$545

Noël Granger, Boîte à messages  "je t'aime", Sculpture

Noël Granger

Boîte à messages "je t'aime", 2021
6.3 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$436

Alexandre Nicolas, Yoda Egg (#51/101), Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Yoda Egg (#51/101), 2017
8.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,181

Josepha, Petite parenthèse rouge, Sculpture

Josepha

Petite parenthèse rouge, 2018
10.2 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$8,178

Sébastien Langloÿs, Simone Veil, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Simone Veil, 2020
14.6 x 11.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$19,386

Hiro Ando, Saburo Naotora, Sculpture

Hiro Ando

Saburo Naotora, 2017
19.7 x 19.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,904

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Mickey D Camo, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Mickey D Camo, 2020
9.8 x 7.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,636

Félix Hemme, 651 Gypsoglyphe, Sculpture

Félix Hemme

651 Gypsoglyphe, 2021
6.3 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$848

Pere Sala, Trapeci B III, Sculpture

Pere Sala

Trapeci B III, 2021
19.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,302

Francky Boy, Sky en Suisse (bas relief), Sculpture

Francky Boy

Sky en Suisse (bas relief), 2011
18.9 x 15.7 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$2,423

François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
18.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,282

Déesse, Big Star - Smile, Sculpture

Déesse

Big Star - Smile, 2018
19.7 x 15 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$594

Jordi Comas, Delest, Sculpture

Jordi Comas

Delest, 2021
8.3 x 17.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Mister Sicily, Stick woman Italy, Sculpture

Mister Sicily

Stick woman Italy, 2021
9.1 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$288 $339

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