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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, En attendant le prochain voyage, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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


Christophe Comerro, Vegas pop art Harley Davidson, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Vegas pop art Harley Davidson, 2021
16.1 x 11.8 x 17.7 inch


Miss Tic, La guerre de toi n'aura pas lieu, Sculpture

Miss Tic

La guerre de toi n'aura pas lieu, 2021
15.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch


Richard Orlinski, Wild heart, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild heart, 2021
12.6 x 9.8 x 2 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Alain Mimouni, Gold Dollar, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Gold Dollar, 2021
23.6 x 51.2 x 2.8 inch


Arman, Panthère, Sculpture


Panthère, 2002
11 x 18.9 x 3.1 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Heart Blue, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Heart Blue, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch

$1,625 $2,167

Philippe Buil, Vanité 93-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Vanité 93-21, 2021
4.3 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch


Marc Boffin, Teddy petrol coeur (medium), Sculpture

Marc Boffin

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


Edu Danesi, Blue 20 helmet, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Blue 20 helmet, 2021
21.7 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch


Bernard Pras, 226. Pinocchio, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

226. Pinocchio, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 17.7 inch


Virginia Benedicto, Pépita, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Pépita, 2021
39.4 x 20.5 x 0.2 inch


Stoz, W Worm, Sculpture


W Worm, 2021
7.1 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Âme Sauvage, Blue lion, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Blue lion, 2021
12.2 x 9.8 x 5.1 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Vanity, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanity, 2014
21.7 x 15.7 x 19.7 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Nicolas Krauss, Fast-Food Dior, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

Fast-Food Dior, 2021
10.6 x 7.9 x 9.1 inch


Patrick Villas, Affinity IV, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Affinity IV, 2021
83.9 x 59.1 x 30.3 inch


Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme Noir, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme Noir, 2021
17.7 x 13.4 x 3.1 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture


Gianni diFranco, 2021
13.8 x 13 x 5.5 inch


Valerie Marty, Piaf Picots L, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Picots L, 2021
13.8 x 9.1 x 5.5 inch


Landry Clément, Flabellum (LC48), Sculpture

Landry Clément

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


Zed, Give Your Love H100, Sculpture


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


Marcelo Martin Burgos, Hibou, Sculpture

Marcelo Martin Burgos

Hibou, 2021
65 x 9.6 x 9.6 inch


Olivier Messas, Les amoureux... (Terre d'enfants), Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Les amoureux... (Terre d'enfants), 2021
9.1 x 5.9 x 6.3 inch


Ghost Art, Monkey business, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Monkey business, 2020
22.4 x 14.6 x 18.5 inch


Diederik Van Apple, BMF King Kong M, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

BMF King Kong M, 2020
19.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
11.4 x 8.3 x 22.4 inch


Simone De Rosa, Comedian VS 400% Be@rbrick, Sculpture

Simone De Rosa

Comedian VS 400% Be@rbrick, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


André Robillard, Le M16 américain rapide / 50 ème anniversaire, Sculpture

André Robillard

Le M16 américain rapide / 50 ème anniversaire, 2019
18.5 x 47.2 x 7.1 inch


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Théa, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Théa, 2021
25.6 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Romain Langlois, Masque de Jéricho, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Masque de Jéricho, 2014
22 x 9.1 x 9.8 inch


Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
22 x 7.9 x 2 inch


Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2019
10.6 x 3.1 x 2.4 inch


PyB, Lacoste Supreme, Sculpture


Lacoste Supreme, 2021
5.9 x 10.6 x 1.2 inch


Tarek, Custom lettre A, Sculpture


Custom lettre A, 2015
9.1 x 8.7 x 2 inch


Karl Lagasse, Silver one dollar, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Silver one dollar, 2021
13.4 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch


JM Collell, Jimi Hendrix 1, Sculpture

JM Collell

Jimi Hendrix 1, 2021
45.3 x 35.4 x 3.9 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Léo  Caillard, Venus Sine, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Venus Sine, 2020
25.6 x 27.2 x 10.2 inch


JP Malot, La Brique Bitcoin, Sculpture

JP Malot

La Brique Bitcoin, 2021
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch


Fred Meurice, Sac Love Coco, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Sac Love Coco, 2021
11.8 x 5.9 x 2.8 inch


Gaspard Mitz, Special Delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special Delivery, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch


Sagrasse, Sweet Love, Sculpture


Sweet Love, 2021
13 x 23.6 x 9.1 inch


Sébastien Langloÿs, Simone Veil, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Simone Veil, 2020
14.6 x 11.4 x 6.7 inch


Nicolas Delage, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Aphrodite, 2021
98.4 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Julie Jaler, Grenade Porsche Grise, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Grenade Porsche Grise, 2021
8.7 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch


Noah Borger, Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, Sculpture

Noah Borger

Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, 2021
7.9 x 6.7 x 5.1 inch


Stevens Dossou-Yovo, Sunset, Sculpture

Stevens Dossou-Yovo

Sunset, 2020
28.3 x 52 x 7.5 inch


Valerian Sioridzé, Panda, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Panda, 2021
8.7 x 5.5 x 6.7 inch


Victor Prodanchuk, Sofia Sheptytska, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Sofia Sheptytska, 2019
25.6 x 12.6 x 12.6 inch


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


Hiro Ando, Warriorcat diamondsstrass, Sculpture

Hiro Ando

Warriorcat diamondsstrass, 2011
39.4 x 59.1 x 27.6 inch


David Gerstein, Graffiti Heart, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Graffiti Heart, 2013
34.3 x 31.1 x 4.7 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Jean-François Gambino, Gibraltard  8/8, Sculpture

Jean-François Gambino

Gibraltard 8/8, 2021
18.5 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Jaromir Gargulak, Sitting Mym, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Sitting Mym, 2020
3.9 x 6.3 x 6.7 inch


Natalie Laudon, Western comics, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Western comics, 2021
37.4 x 22 x 22 inch


Anastasiya Protsenko, Wind, Sculpture

Anastasiya Protsenko

Wind, 2019
13.4 x 13.8 x 0.4 inch


Déesse, Big Star - Smile, Sculpture


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


Félix Hemme, 647 Ammoglyphe, Sculpture

Félix Hemme

647 Ammoglyphe, 2021
13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch


Théo MHS, Voiturette Hermès Vintage, Sculpture

Théo MHS

Voiturette Hermès Vintage, 2020
15.7 x 29.9 x 15 inch


David Sprakes, Broken Corner, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Broken Corner, Fence Series, 2021
15.4 x 8.7 x 13.4 inch


Charles Fazzino, La Magnificence de Paris, Sculpture

Charles Fazzino

La Magnificence de Paris, 2019
23.2 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
18.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Ernesto Romano, Blue Queen, Sculpture

Ernesto Romano

Blue Queen, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


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

Francky Boy

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


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