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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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Miss Tic, Se donner cœur et âme, Sculpture

Miss Tic

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


Zed, Flexo Be Audacious 3 Rouge, Sculpture


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


Christophe Charbonnel, Masque de poséidon monumental, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

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


Salvador Dali, Venus spatiale, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Venus spatiale, 1984
25.6 x 14 x 12.8 inch


Arman, Scorviol, Sculpture


Scorviol, 1990
14.2 x 23.6 x 9.4 inch


Nathanael Koffi, « 3 », Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

« 3 », 2021
8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inch


Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours Ferrari, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

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


Hersk, Something to Suck XL, Sculpture


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

Sold out

Philippe Buil, Une larme 47-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

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


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (277), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

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


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, L'attente, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

L'attente, 2016
14.2 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch

Sold out

Hersk, Something to Suck 348, Sculpture


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


Edu Danesi, Porsche racing, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Porsche racing, 2019
51.2 x 47.2 x 2.8 inch

Sold out

Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Pierre Gimenez, Le taureau qui danse, Sculpture

Pierre Gimenez

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


Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite tag, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite tag, 2021
4.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture


MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Philippe Berry, Les Trois Beaux Ballons, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

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

15,000 - $ 25,000

Betsy Enzensberger, Aqua Sprinkle Pop #5, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

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


Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Ian Philip, The Stormtrooper David red, Sculpture

Ian Philip

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


Roland Masson, Maïa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Maïa, 2021
18.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Ambre III, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Ambre III, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Bitcoins Or, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bitcoins Or, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch

$1,969 $2,462

Stoz, Big graffiti ice cheese, Sculpture


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


Chantal de Sutter, Jules, Sculpture

Chantal de Sutter

Jules, 2021
11.8 x 5.1 x 4.3 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Spaco, King Rolex, Sculpture


King Rolex, 2021
9.4 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Raymond Poulet, Les Violons Engloutis, Sculpture

Raymond Poulet

Les Violons Engloutis, 2021
8.3 x 16.1 x 9.1 inch


Âme Sauvage, Petit chien bleu, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Petit chien bleu, 2021
7.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch


Alain Olivieri, Distanciation, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Distanciation, 2020
5.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Oliver Ney, Supreme, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Supreme, 2021
36.6 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch


Jean Denant, Notre Mer, Sculpture

Jean Denant

Notre Mer, 2019
9.3 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Poonam Choudhary, Sculpture, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture, 2021
12 x 12 x 1 inch


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


Manuèle Bernardi, Envolée, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Envolée, 2021
11.6 x 23.6 x 6.9 inch


Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

Oreille 1a, 2019
29.1 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch


Présence Panchounette, L'ancienne comédie, Sculpture

Présence Panchounette

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

50,000 - $ 100,000

Maxime Plancque, Couple, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

Couple, 2020
19.9 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Anna Sidi Yacoub, 2 White Flowers, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

2 White Flowers, 2021
24.4 x 48.8 x 7.9 inch


Yuri Zupancic, Mermod, Sculpture

Yuri Zupancic

Mermod, 2020
7.5 x 3.1 x 1 inch


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


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


Costa, Monochrome Rouge, Sculpture


Monochrome Rouge, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.6 inch


Philip Hearsey, Acanto VI, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Acanto VI, 2017
18.5 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch


Julie Jaler, Bonbon Hermès, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Bonbon Hermès, 2021
7.9 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch


Shakeart83, Balloons Dog, Sculpture


Balloons Dog, 2021
7.9 x 7.5 x 3 inch

$321 $357

Richard Saint-Amans, Le Doute, Sculpture

Richard Saint-Amans

Le Doute, 2019
114.2 x 86.6 x 98.4 inch


Yaacov Agam, Star of David, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Star of David, 1983
19.3 x 19.5 x 1.6 inch


Shakeart83, Panthère LV, Sculpture


Panthère LV, 2021
9.8 x 3.3 x 3.7 inch

$321 $357

Josepha, Autour de minuit, Sculpture


Autour de minuit, 2018
18.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 inch


Santicri, Brush, Sculpture


Brush, 2021
15.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inch

$288 $320

Corneille, Chat bleu, Sculpture


Chat bleu, 2004
22 x 28.7 x 0.1 inch


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


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


Milko Dobrev, Flower from the moon, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

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


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

Mireia Serra

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


Xavier Wttrwulghe, Minnie Hippie 3D, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

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


Kaï Aspire, Balancing Act Toy, Sculpture

Kaï Aspire

Balancing Act Toy, 2020
17 x 12 x 8 inch


Efi Mashiah, Large Blue Porsche Bullet, Sculpture

Efi Mashiah

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


Paul Natter, Hippocampe, Sculpture

Paul Natter

Hippocampe, 2021
14.2 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch


Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture


MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Mpcem, Ideoplastique, Sculpture


Ideoplastique, 2021
65.7 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch


Martine Dégot, Carnaval de  Rio, Sculpture

Martine Dégot

Carnaval de Rio, 2021
39.4 x 33.5 x 3.9 inch


Richard Orlinski, Kong Tag, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Kong Tag, 2020
43.3 x 35.4 x 15.7 inch


Petar Iliev, Bull, Sculpture

Petar Iliev

Bull, 2021
8.7 x 11 x 6.7 inch


Terzo Yan, Tamush, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Tamush, 2020
39.4 x 11.8 x 2 inch


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