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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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Miss Tic, Se donner cœur et âme, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Se donner cœur et âme, 2021
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$739

Zed, Flexo Be Audacious 3 Rouge, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Be Audacious 3 Rouge, 2021
17.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$148

Christophe Charbonnel, Masque de poséidon monumental, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Masque de poséidon monumental, 2019
94.9 x 29.5 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$98,468

Salvador Dali, Venus spatiale, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Venus spatiale, 1984
25.6 x 14 x 12.8 inch
Sculpture

$69,124

Arman, Scorviol, Sculpture

Arman

Scorviol, 1990
14.2 x 23.6 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$24,001

Nathanael Koffi, « 3 », Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

« 3 », 2021
8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$246

Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours Ferrari, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Pand'ours Ferrari, 2021
15.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,083

Hersk, Something to Suck XL, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck XL, 2021
48.4 x 17.7 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Philippe Buil, Une larme 47-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Une larme 47-21, 2021
13 x 9.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,908

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (277), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (277), 2017
36.6 x 11 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,154

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, L'attente, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

L'attente, 2016
14.2 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Hersk, Something to Suck 348, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 348, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$800

Edu Danesi, Porsche racing, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Porsche racing, 2019
51.2 x 47.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,508

Pierre Gimenez, Le taureau qui danse, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

Le taureau qui danse, 2021
17.7 x 6.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,169

Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite tag, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite tag, 2021
4.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,569

Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture

Dezache

MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,308

Philippe Berry, Les Trois Beaux Ballons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Les Trois Beaux Ballons, 2018
27.2 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Betsy Enzensberger, Aqua Sprinkle Pop #5, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Aqua Sprinkle Pop #5, 2021
5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$369

Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$369

Ian Philip, The Stormtrooper David red, Sculpture

Ian Philip

The Stormtrooper David red, 2020
25.6 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,954

Roland Masson, Maïa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Maïa, 2021
18.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,569

Vincent Sabatier, Ambre III, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Ambre III, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,216

Vincent Sabatier, Bitcoins Or, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bitcoins Or, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,969 $2,462

Stoz, Big graffiti ice cheese, Sculpture

Stoz

Big graffiti ice cheese, 2021
8.3 x 6.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$369

Chantal de Sutter, Jules, Sculpture

Chantal de Sutter

Jules, 2021
11.8 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Spaco, King Rolex, Sculpture

Spaco

King Rolex, 2021
9.4 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$295

Raymond Poulet, Les Violons Engloutis, Sculpture

Raymond Poulet

Les Violons Engloutis, 2021
8.3 x 16.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,724

Âme Sauvage, Petit chien bleu, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Petit chien bleu, 2021
7.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$357

Alain Olivieri, Distanciation, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Distanciation, 2020
5.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$517

Oliver Ney, Supreme, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Supreme, 2021
36.6 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,569

Jean Denant, Notre Mer, Sculpture

Jean Denant

Notre Mer, 2019
9.3 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,462

Poonam Choudhary, Sculpture, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture, 2021
12 x 12 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$560

Gaspard Mitz, Sorry, it's a private party, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Sorry, it's a private party, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.6 inch
Sculpture

$800

Manuèle Bernardi, Envolée, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Envolée, 2021
11.6 x 23.6 x 6.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,416

Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

Oreille 1a, 2019
29.1 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$9,847

Présence Panchounette, L'ancienne comédie, Sculpture

Présence Panchounette

L'ancienne comédie, 1988
42.1 x 28 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

50,000 - $ 100,000

Maxime Plancque, Couple, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

Couple, 2020
19.9 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$985

Anna Sidi Yacoub, 2 White Flowers, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

2 White Flowers, 2021
24.4 x 48.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,108

Yuri Zupancic, Mermod, Sculpture

Yuri Zupancic

Mermod, 2020
7.5 x 3.1 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Philarthrop, Crumpled label in the frame - Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Crumpled label in the frame - Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1988, 2021
8.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$369

Costa, Monochrome Rouge, Sculpture

Costa

Monochrome Rouge, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,154

Philip Hearsey, Acanto VI, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Acanto VI, 2017
18.5 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,536

Julie Jaler, Bonbon Hermès, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Bonbon Hermès, 2021
7.9 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$306

Shakeart83, Balloons Dog, Sculpture

Shakeart83

Balloons Dog, 2021
7.9 x 7.5 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$321 $357

Richard Saint-Amans, Le Doute, Sculpture

Richard Saint-Amans

Le Doute, 2019
114.2 x 86.6 x 98.4 inch
Sculpture

$30,771

Yaacov Agam, Star of David, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Star of David, 1983
19.3 x 19.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$18,463

Shakeart83, Panthère LV, Sculpture

Shakeart83

Panthère LV, 2021
9.8 x 3.3 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$321 $357

Josepha, Autour de minuit, Sculpture

Josepha

Autour de minuit, 2018
18.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,493

Santicri, Brush, Sculpture

Santicri

Brush, 2021
15.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$288 $320

Corneille, Chat bleu, Sculpture

Corneille

Chat bleu, 2004
22 x 28.7 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,400

Anany, Bouton d'Or - Jaune & argent nacré - XII Pierre de Rêve, Sculpture

Anany

Bouton d'Or - Jaune & argent nacré - XII Pierre de Rêve, 2021
25.2 x 25.2 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,456

Milko Dobrev, Flower from the moon, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Flower from the moon, 2021
14.6 x 5.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,539

Mireia Serra, Love Her Madly (2/8), Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Love Her Madly (2/8), 2019
7 x 6 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$4,550

Xavier Wttrwulghe, Minnie Hippie 3D, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Minnie Hippie 3D, 2021
14.6 x 14.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,339

Kaï Aspire, Balancing Act Toy, Sculpture

Kaï Aspire

Balancing Act Toy, 2020
17 x 12 x 8 inch
Sculpture

$4,000

Efi Mashiah, Large Blue Porsche Bullet, Sculpture

Efi Mashiah

Large Blue Porsche Bullet, 2021
14.5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$450

Paul Natter, Hippocampe, Sculpture

Paul Natter

Hippocampe, 2021
14.2 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,477

Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture

Daru

MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,554

Mpcem, Ideoplastique, Sculpture

Mpcem

Ideoplastique, 2021
65.7 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,324

Martine Dégot, Carnaval de  Rio, Sculpture

Martine Dégot

Carnaval de Rio, 2021
39.4 x 33.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,847

Richard Orlinski, Kong Tag, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Kong Tag, 2020
43.3 x 35.4 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$48,003

Petar Iliev, Bull, Sculpture

Petar Iliev

Bull, 2021
8.7 x 11 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,662

Terzo Yan, Tamush, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Tamush, 2020
39.4 x 11.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$6,462

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