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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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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, 2020
14.6 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

KiKo, MailBox Ourson, Sculpture

KiKo

MailBox Ourson, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,396

Valerie Marty, Piaf Hermès Orange, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Hermès Orange, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$502

Arman, Aqua frago, Sculpture

Arman

Aqua frago, 2004
29.5 x 16.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,445

Alain Mimouni, Rolex Dollar, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Rolex Dollar, 2021
23.6 x 51.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,889

Capocci, Mickey Fuck noir brillant, Sculpture

Capocci

Mickey Fuck noir brillant, 2021
6.3 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$377

Stratos, Vire-Volte, Sculpture

Stratos

Vire-Volte, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Hersk, Something to Suck 287, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 287, 2019
15 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$942

Aldo Chaparro, Md Gold, January 17, 2021 17:36, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Md Gold, January 17, 2021 17:36, 2021
66.9 x 59.1 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$30,334

Philippe Buil, Une larme 51-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Une larme 51-21, 2021
16.9 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,947

Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (342), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (342), 2021
28.3 x 22 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,160

Béatrice Fernando, Tête de taureau, Sculpture

Béatrice Fernando

Tête de taureau, 2021
19.3 x 16.9 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

S2Bart, Capsule LV black & white, Sculpture

S2Bart

Capsule LV black & white, 2021
13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$427

Maxime Plancque, N°350, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°350, 2021
57.9 x 8.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Our recommendations Li Lihong, Li Lihong's Apple China grand format - Or - Edition Loft, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Li Lihong's Apple China grand format - Or - Edition Loft, 2007
11 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Arno Sebban, Hôte II, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Hôte II, 2021
17.7 x 9.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,015

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Bas-Relief - 785, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Bas-Relief - 785, 2018
16.5 x 16.9 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,947

César Baldaccini, Coeur éclaté, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Coeur éclaté, 1986
21.3 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$6,280

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 2017
29.5 x 15.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2021
15 x 11.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,444

William David, Nova, Sculpture

William David

Nova, 2021
28.7 x 16.5 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,570

Philippe Berry, Hippo et Papillons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

Hippo et Papillons, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Stoz, Stozland© Dancing Man, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© Dancing Man, 2021
10.6 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$502

Nanan, Renaud, Sculpture

Nanan

Renaud, 2021
11.4 x 7.1 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,382

Bounoure & Genevaux, Composition 1, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

Composition 1, 2020
17.3 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Eric Liot, L'aile, Sculpture

Eric Liot

L'aile, 2020
73.6 x 66.9 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Maguy Banq, Sur la berge, Sculpture

Maguy Banq

Sur la berge, 2020
23.6 x 19.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,908

Yohan PLU, Sofia, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Sofia, 2021
21.3 x 14.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$785

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Plume, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Plume, 2019
16.5 x 8.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$722

Ian Philip, Business Batman Smiley, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Batman Smiley, 2021
33.9 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,899

Dirk De Keyzer, Hariette, Sculpture

Dirk De Keyzer

Hariette, 2016
33.1 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, Sculpture

André Robillard

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

$2,010

Céline Mahiques, Extincteur Coco Chanel, Sculpture

Céline Mahiques

Extincteur Coco Chanel, 2020
23.6 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$603

Gilbert Frizon, Ex-tension LVI, Sculpture

Gilbert Frizon

Ex-tension LVI, 2016
28.3 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,198

Aurelija Simkute, Alone, Bronze Sculpture, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Alone, Bronze Sculpture, 2017
18.9 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,561

Poonam Choudhary, Bold is beautiful collection 03, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Bold is beautiful collection 03, 2021
7 x 13 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$700

Fat, Monkey Lamp, Sculpture

Fat

Monkey Lamp, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Alquimiamc, Interconnexion, Sculpture

Alquimiamc

Interconnexion, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Gaspard Mitz, A well deserved break, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

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

$816

Valérie Hadida, Brindille 2 - 5/8, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Brindille 2 - 5/8, 2021
9.8 x 4.1 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,387

PyB, Snoopy peanuts, Sculpture

PyB

Snoopy peanuts, 2021
9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$276

Vladas Kanciauskas, Gordian Knot, Sculpture

Vladas Kanciauskas

Gordian Knot, 2004
11 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Imfré Gite, Tête de cheval, Sculpture

Imfré Gite

Tête de cheval, 2021
16.3 x 13.8 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

Magali Berdaguer, Equation en rouge, Sculpture

Magali Berdaguer

Equation en rouge, 2018
15.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche, Avanti, Sculpture

Jeanne Sarah Bellaiche

Avanti, 2020
17.7 x 10.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Julie Jaler, Baril Porsche Blanc, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Baril Porsche Blanc, 2021
35.4 x 22.8 x 22.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,387

Chanoir, Cha Au Grand Coeur, Sculpture

Chanoir

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

$6,029

Teresa Riba, Tarda al sol I, Sculpture

Teresa Riba

Tarda al sol I, 2018
11.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Olivier DeGroote, Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$251

TMM, Joe Bar Bike, Sculpture

TMM

Joe Bar Bike, 2021
36.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Verog, Watamahi noire, Sculpture

Verog

Watamahi noire, 2018
24.8 x 15.4 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,198

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
Sculpture

100,000 - $ 250,000

Irena Tone, Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, 2020
9.1 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,040 $1,156

Sébastien Langloÿs, Giscard d'Estaing, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

Giscard d'Estaing, 2020
14.2 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$8,793

Miko-R, Petit Rhino Pop Tagué, Sculpture

Miko-R

Petit Rhino Pop Tagué, 2018
61 x 137.8 x 216.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Lis Sam, Need money for art, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Need money for art, 2021
6.1 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$402

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Abstract blue and Silver, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Abstract blue and Silver, 2021
47.2 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$879

ASO-P, Pavé du mur du Bonheur - 453, Sculpture

ASO-P

Pavé du mur du Bonheur - 453, 2021
7.5 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$251

Shakeart83, Skate Chanel, Sculpture

Shakeart83

Skate Chanel, 2021
8.3 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$389

Fred Meurice, Love Kong, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Love Kong, 2021
17.7 x 5.9 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,947

Sufyr, Au coin de la rue, Sculpture

Sufyr

Au coin de la rue, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$528

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z, Canned Barbie, Sculpture

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z

Canned Barbie, 2019
7.9 x 4.5 x 4.5 inch
Sculpture

$440

EB Studios, Large Black Bubble Boy, Sculpture

EB Studios

Large Black Bubble Boy, 2021
10.23 x 7.08 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$119

Anany, Pierre de Rêve - Noir / Or - P.VI, Sculpture

Anany

Pierre de Rêve - Noir / Or - P.VI, 2021
7.1 x 7.5 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$873

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