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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, Synthèse fille avec ballon rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Synthèse fille avec ballon rouge, 2021
13.8 x 2.4 x 6.3 inch


Christophe Comerro, Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Vegas Pop art Black City Fashion, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 17.7 inch


Alain Mimouni, All we need love, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

All we need love, 2021
9.4 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch


Philippe Buil, Lapin 108-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Lapin 108-21, 2021
4.7 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Takashi Murakami, Takeshi Murakami Bunbu Ponchi Shimon x Supreme Triptych Skatedecks, Sculpture

Takashi Murakami

Takeshi Murakami Bunbu Ponchi Shimon x Supreme Triptych Skatedecks, 2007
31 x 8 x 2 inch


Spaco, Napoléon, Sculpture


Napoléon, 2021
12.6 x 11 x 8.7 inch


Ninu, Iron Man Colors, Sculpture


Iron Man Colors, 2021
7.9 x 6.7 x 11.8 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Bipbip le Coyote, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bipbip le Coyote, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch

$1,627 $2,169

Gediminas Endriekus, Witch Horse, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Witch Horse, 2018
6.3 x 2.8 x 9.1 inch


Taydna, Luxecake Chanel vert / chrome, Sculpture


Luxecake Chanel vert / chrome, 2021
3.9 x 2 x 2 inch


Zacharie Kologo, Musicien errant, Sculpture

Zacharie Kologo

Musicien errant, 2021
31.1 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch


Patrick Cornée, Peace, love and graffiti I, Sculpture

Patrick Cornée

Peace, love and graffiti I, 2021
14.6 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Sagrasse, Cowntdown ?, Sculpture


Cowntdown ?, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Maxime Plancque, N°359, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°359, 2021
44.9 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch


Maguy Banq, Conversation, Sculpture

Maguy Banq

Conversation, 2017
3.9 x 12.6 x 7.3 inch


Joëlle Laboue, Les marinieres II, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Les marinieres II, 2021
16.5 x 3.9 x 3.5 inch

$304 $337

Jorn Van Hoorn, Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Mr. Money Popper - bronze -diamond, 2021
15 x 8.7 x 12.2 inch


Boureima Ouedraogo, Coq, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Coq, 2021
16.5 x 9.1 x 11 inch


Anna Sidi Yacoub, Out of Reach, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Out of Reach, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Christian Della Giustina, L'art est fait pour troubler, Sculpture

Christian Della Giustina

L'art est fait pour troubler, 2021
21.7 x 10.2 x 8.7 inch


Diederik Van Apple, Cohiba bear pink, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

Cohiba bear pink, 2020
31.5 x 21.7 x 21.7 inch


PyB, Love art and logos, Sculpture


Love art and logos, 2021
9.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch


Magda Von Hanau, Visceral, Sculpture

Magda Von Hanau

Visceral, 2020
17.3 x 8.7 x 9.1 inch


Oliver Ney, Campbell Soup, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Campbell Soup, 2020
41.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Erol, L'envol, Sculpture


L'envol, 2021
20.9 x 16.5 x 13 inch


Rafael Barrios, Levitation IV, Sculpture

Rafael Barrios

Levitation IV, 2019
15.7 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch


Léa Poncharal, Orange and Blue Flight, Sculpture

Léa Poncharal

Orange and Blue Flight, 2021
11.8 x 14.6 x 2 inch


Philippe Venin-Bernard, La glorieuse, Sculpture

Philippe Venin-Bernard

La glorieuse, 1994
5.1 x 8.7 x 7.9 inch


Gor Avetisyan, The silent elegance IV, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

The silent elegance IV, 2021
16.9 x 11 x 7.5 inch


Christine Louchet, Pin up marine - série portrait de personnages, Sculpture

Christine Louchet

Pin up marine - série portrait de personnages, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.6 inch


JP Malot, Coke, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 2 inch

$1,193 $1,325

Boris Jean, Uparis#3, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Uparis#3, 2017
11 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch


Homek & Jerome Mesnager, Passage #2, Sculpture

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

Passage #2, 2021
23.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Yann Perrier, Sphère 1200, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère 1200, 2021
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch


Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch


Marc Boffin, Teddy Petrol Turquoise, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Teddy Petrol Turquoise, 2021
6.7 x 6.3 x 5.1 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre Ref (335), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre Ref (335), 2021
22.4 x 10.2 x 7.1 inch


Gil Bruvel, Comfortably numb, Sculpture

Gil Bruvel

Comfortably numb, 2020
20.9 x 16.9 x 29.9 inch


Socrate, Fluo Qee Bearbrick, Sculpture


Fluo Qee Bearbrick, 2021
18.5 x 10.6 x 7.9 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
7.9 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch


Elena Bulatova, Orange Small Popsicle, Sculpture

Elena Bulatova

Orange Small Popsicle, 2020
12 x 8 x 5 inch


Yann-Eric Eichenberger, Bérénice, Sculpture

Yann-Eric Eichenberger

Bérénice, 2019
94.5 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Villas, Leopard II maquette, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Leopard II maquette, 2021
11 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch


Ian Philip, Business Pilot Ayrton Senna, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Pilot Ayrton Senna, 2021
32.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Benji Pop Art, Apple LV, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Apple LV, 2021
4.3 x 3.3 x 3.3 inch

$217 $241

Vincent Gachaga, Black et Mertimer, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Black et Mertimer, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch


Xavier Wttrwulghe, Snoopy Hippie, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Snoopy Hippie, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Miko-R, Petit panda crazy love couleurs, Sculpture


Petit panda crazy love couleurs, 2021
14.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Joanna Danilo, Passage IV, Sculpture

Joanna Danilo

Passage IV, 2021
18.5 x 18.5 x 0 inch


Caroline Vis, In my head, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

In my head, 2021
60.2 x 23.6 x 29.5 inch


Brain Roy, Peace & Love VS Murakami, Sculpture

Brain Roy

Peace & Love VS Murakami, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch


Atelier Piquifou, Drapé 8 africaines, Sculpture

Atelier Piquifou

Drapé 8 africaines, 2021
16.1 x 17.3 x 3.9 inch


Anany, Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, Sculpture


Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, 2021
3.1 x 3 x 0.1 inch


Petar Iliev, Muse, Sculpture

Petar Iliev

Muse, 2021
12.2 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Devin Miles, Love (Silver), Sculpture

Devin Miles

Love (Silver), 2021
33.1 x 25.2 x 1.8 inch


Mario Dilitz, N° 152, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

N° 152, 2021
33.9 x 15 x 10.2 inch


Laurent Perbos, Ballon 2, Sculpture

Laurent Perbos

Ballon 2, 2020
9.1 x 18.1 x 9.1 inch


Kobalt, Nothing but champagne, Sculpture


Nothing but champagne, 2021
31.5 x 18.5 x 0.2 inch


Réjane LeChat, Petite Reine 6/8, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Petite Reine 6/8, 2020
13 x 13 x 3.5 inch


Guillaume Roche, Exclos 254, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Exclos 254, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 20.5 inch


Yannick Bouillault, L'élégant, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

L'élégant, 2021
16.5 x 5.9 x 4.3 inch


Stefano Bombardieri, Testa Classica, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Testa Classica, 2016
19.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Ben Abounassif, Fragmentos (Serie Movimientos Geométricos), Sculpture

Ben Abounassif

Fragmentos (Serie Movimientos Geométricos), 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 3.9 inch


Longet, Lego XXL Chanel black, Sculpture


Lego XXL Chanel black, 2021
9.8 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch


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