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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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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, 2021
24.4 x 13 x 3.9 inch

25,000 - $ 50,000

Miguel Guía, Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel bleue 63, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Chien Ballon apesanteur en nickel bleue 63, 2021
24.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Salvador Dali, Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, 1974
23.6 x 10.2 x 7.1 inch


Miss Tic, On s'aime prenez en de la graine, Sculpture

Miss Tic

On s'aime prenez en de la graine, 2021
17.7 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch


Pierre Gimenez, La main au cigare, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

La main au cigare, 2021
13.8 x 9.4 x 4.1 inch


Bernard Pras, Frida, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

Frida, 2021
33.5 x 29.5 x 6.7 inch


David Ferreira, Cactus, Sculpture

David Ferreira

Cactus, 2021
59.8 x 21.7 x 6.7 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (332), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (332), 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 19.7 inch


Patrick Villas, Le cygne, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Le cygne, 2021
39.4 x 43.3 x 39.4 inch


Philippe Buil, Cheval Barbe 49-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Cheval Barbe 49-21, 2021
13 x 10.6 x 4.7 inch


Béatrice Fernando, Tête de cheval, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Tête de cheval, 2021
13.4 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Espoirs de Femmes 1, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Espoirs de Femmes 1, 2018
24 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch


Philippe Berry, Hippo et Papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Hippo et Papillons, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Artigas Planas, Hope, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Hope, 2021
8.3 x 13.4 x 3.1 inch


Marc Petit, Le serment, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le serment, 2018
18.1 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch


Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping bonbon rouge, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping bonbon rouge, 2021
17.7 x 5.1 x 3.5 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Le grand sage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Le grand sage, 2015
24 x 15.7 x 7.5 inch


Stoz, Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, Sculpture


Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, 2021
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.1 inch

Sold out

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, Sculpture

André Robillard

Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, 2020
10.6 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch


Yohan PLU, Cœur I, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Cœur I, 2021
14.6 x 11.4 x 2 inch

Sold out

Spaco, Mickey Colors, Sculpture


Mickey Colors, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Adeline Weber Guibal, Danseuse, Sculpture

Adeline Weber Guibal

Danseuse, 2021
7.1 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch


Ian Philip, Business Vador, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Vador, 2021
33.1 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Dirk De Keyzer, Hariette, Sculpture

Dirk De Keyzer

Hariette, 2016
33.1 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch

10,000 - $ 15,000

Alain Olivieri, l'Etoile, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

l'Etoile, 2020
7.9 x 4.7 x 0.8 inch


Fat, Never Give Up, Sculpture


Never Give Up, 2021
52 x 14.2 x 11.8 inch


Marianne Turck, Globe, Sculpture

Marianne Turck

Globe, 2021
14.2 x 11 x 14.2 inch


Zed, Walking around, Sculpture


Walking around, 2013
55.1 x 17.7 x 1.2 inch

Sold out

Gaspard Mitz, Special Delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special Delivery, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch


Arman, Variation, Sculpture


Variation, 2002
33.5 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch


Wabé, Personnage n°1060, Sculpture


Personnage n°1060, 2014
4.3 x 2 x 0.4 inch


Pierre Ribà, Bon espoir, Sculpture

Pierre Ribà

Bon espoir, 2020
31.5 x 23.6 x 4.7 inch


Chantal de Sutter, Jules, Sculpture

Chantal de Sutter

Jules, 2021
11.8 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Poonam Choudhary, Vase, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Vase, 2021
18 x 9 x 9 inch


Erika Calesini, Happy gum fucsia, Sculpture

Erika Calesini

Happy gum fucsia, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch


Angelo Lembo, King Duck, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

King Duck, 2020
12.6 x 11.8 x 13.8 inch


PyB, Toro de laguiole, Sculpture


Toro de laguiole, 2021
7.9 x 11.4 x 1.2 inch


Irena Tone, Stainless bear, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Stainless bear, 2021
12.6 x 8.3 x 9.4 inch

$598 $665

Secca, Japan, Sculpture


Japan, 2016
15.7 x 25.6 x 26.8 inch


Françoise Bartlet, L'indien, Sculpture

Françoise Bartlet

L'indien, 2017
17.7 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch


Gille Monte ruici, Robot Exaphot, Sculpture

Gille Monte ruici

Robot Exaphot, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 6.7 inch


Nathalie CIRINO, Sérénité II, Sculpture

Nathalie CIRINO

Sérénité II, 2020
9.1 x 9.4 x 6.7 inch


Edmée Delsol, Rocher III, Sculpture

Edmée Delsol

Rocher III, 2016
17.7 x 21.3 x 6.7 inch


Chanoir, Cha Au Grand Coeur, Sculpture


Cha Au Grand Coeur, 2021
39.4 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch


Wenqi Liu, Texture II, Sculpture

Wenqi Liu

Texture II, 2020
15.6 x 11 x 1.6 inch


Lis Sam, Painting to dream - Chanel, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Painting to dream - Chanel, 2021
20.9 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch


Olivier DeGroote, Trowel Mondrian, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Trowel Mondrian, 2021
13.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


TMM, Joe Bar Bike, Sculpture


Joe Bar Bike, 2021
36.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Emä Léonie, Vénus, série 2, Sculpture

Emä Léonie

Vénus, série 2, 2020
14.2 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch


Niki de Saint Phalle, L’ange vase, Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle

L’ange vase, 1993
39.4 x 20.5 x 14.6 inch

100,000 - $ 250,000

Ule Ewelt, Lionesse, Sculpture

Ule Ewelt

Lionesse, 2020
9.4 x 22 x 11.8 inch


Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
9.8 x 8.7 x 0.6 inch


Jean-Yves Gosti, Le joyeux silex, Sculpture

Jean-Yves Gosti

Le joyeux silex, 2020
15.6 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch


Anna Sidi Yacoub, Bronze reflections, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Bronze reflections, 2021
46.5 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Muriel Deumie, Passage équilibré, Sculpture

Muriel Deumie

Passage équilibré, 2021
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Gérard Beaucousin, Brume, Sculpture

Gérard Beaucousin

Brume, 2017
9.4 x 10.6 x 5.2 inch


Dani Olivier, Explosion, Sculpture

Dani Olivier

Explosion, 2021
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


Fred Meurice, Love Kong, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Love Kong, 2021
17.7 x 5.9 x 13.8 inch


VL., Heart Skull, Sculpture


Heart Skull, 2021
6.3 x 5.9 x 0.4 inch


Santicri, Brush, Sculpture


Brush, 2021
15.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inch


Shakeart83, Skate Chanel, Sculpture


Skate Chanel, 2021
8.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch

$350 $389

Michel Audiard, Un ange passe, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Un ange passe, 2020
47.2 x 15.7 x 15 inch


Gomor, Money box, Sculpture


Money box, 2020
53.1 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch


Milko Dobrev, Eagle, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Eagle, 2021
18.5 x 4.7 x 2.8 inch


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