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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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Jean-No, Gorille, Sculpture


Gorille, 2019
13.4 x 8.3 x 11.8 inch


Miguel Guía, Single Whip, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Single Whip, 2021
11.8 x 15.2 x 4.9 inch


Zed, Flexo Be Dreamer 3 rouge, Sculpture


Flexo Be Dreamer 3 rouge, 2021
9.8 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch


Richard Orlinski, Wild Taureau, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Taureau, 2020
9.8 x 27.6 x 7.9 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Alain Mimouni, Billionaire Club Bear, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Billionaire Club Bear, 2021
11.8 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Philippe Buil, Sortir du bois, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Sortir du bois, 2021
15 x 6.7 x 5.9 inch


Li Lihong, Mini Michelin China Silver, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mini Michelin China Silver, 2020
3.9 x 3.5 x 3.1 inch


Fred Meurice, Flacon Tiger Love Blanc, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

Flacon Tiger Love Blanc, 2021
8.5 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch


Christophe Charbonnel, Asclépios, buste, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Asclépios, buste, 2019
18.7 x 18.9 x 13.8 inch


Patrick Villas, Petit Léopard sur le rocher, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Petit Léopard sur le rocher, 2017
11.4 x 9.1 x 6.3 inch


Virginia Benedicto, Keith apple, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Keith apple, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Sébastien Créteur, Fission, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Fission, 2018
17 x 8.5 x 8.3 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Rolex Daytona Pink Gold, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Rolex Daytona Pink Gold, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch


Nicolas Krauss, Fast Food Mc Donald, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

Fast Food Mc Donald, 2021
10.6 x 7.9 x 9.1 inch


Eric Liot, Athéna, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Athéna, 2020
39 x 18.9 x 11.8 inch


Jorn Van Hoorn, Mr money popper bronze diamond, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Mr money popper bronze diamond, 2021
15.7 x 7.9 x 10.2 inch


Gediminas Endriekus, Merman | Sculpture Bronze, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Merman | Sculpture Bronze, 2017
15 x 3.5 x 6.3 inch


Spaco, Five N°5 Chanel Supreme jordan, Sculpture


Five N°5 Chanel Supreme jordan, 2021
9.4 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch


XTC, Take a Caviar golden pill, Sculpture


Take a Caviar golden pill, 2021
9.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch


Astro, Pyramidale Levitation, Sculpture


Pyramidale Levitation, 2020
25.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 inch


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Véronique Clanet, Candide, Sculpture

Véronique Clanet

Candide, 2015
17.3 x 11.4 x 6.3 inch


Chantal de Block, Marie Clara, Sculpture

Chantal de Block

Marie Clara, 2019
26.4 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch

< $ 2,500

Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Dark Not So Dark, 2021
48.8 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Julie Espiau, Abandonée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Abandonée, 2021
3.9 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch


Stoz, Stozland© graffiti panda gun, Sculpture


Stozland© graffiti panda gun, 2021
9.8 x 9.4 x 5.6 inch


Cleverson de Oliveira, Favela bear, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

Favela bear, 2021
15.7 x 15 x 4.7 inch


Âme Sauvage, Panthère sauvage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Panthère sauvage, 2021
5.5 x 16.9 x 2.8 inch


Pablo Picasso, Madoura Ceramic Pitcher - Taureau, Ramié 255, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Madoura Ceramic Pitcher - Taureau, Ramié 255, 1955
12.38 x 8 x 8 inch


Emilie Muzy, Tête de Loup, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

Tête de Loup, 2018
17.3 x 17.3 x 13.4 inch


Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch


Aldo Chaparro, You, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

You, 2008
40 x 104 x 2 inch


Jérôme Mesnager, Moi, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Moi, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch


Delphine Grandvaux, L'Entre-deux, Sculpture

Delphine Grandvaux

L'Entre-deux, 2021
82.7 x 13.8 x 10.2 inch


PyB, Hope warhol soup, Sculpture


Hope warhol soup, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Stevens Dossou-Yovo, Chaînon, Sculpture

Stevens Dossou-Yovo

Chaînon, 2021
31.5 x 16.9 x 4.7 inch


Rachel Kah, L'homme seul 2 (RK01), Sculpture

Rachel Kah

L'homme seul 2 (RK01), 2009
42.7 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch


Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
46.1 x 33.3 x 2.4 inch


Boris Jean, Tour Eiffel, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Tour Eiffel, 2017
24 x 12.6 x 12.6 inch


Gaspard Mitz, Special delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special delivery, 2021
9.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch


Diederik Van Apple, World love - turquoise peace turtle, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

World love - turquoise peace turtle, 2021
9.8 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch


Tarek, Lego 8, Sculpture


Lego 8, 2020
5.5 x 15 x 7.5 inch


Yaacov Agam, Cercle Haut, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Cercle Haut, 1969
85 x 35 x 2 inch


Shakeart83, Kong Graff, Sculpture


Kong Graff, 2021
7.9 x 5.7 x 2.4 inch


Ian Philip, Business Daft Punk, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Business Daft Punk, 2021
21.3 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Brice Gelot, Message in the bottle, Sculpture

Brice Gelot

Message in the bottle, 2021
9.8 x 13 x 5.9 inch


Costa, Mines, Sculpture


Mines, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


JP Malot, La brique bitcoin, Sculpture

JP Malot

La brique bitcoin, 2021
8.3 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch


Santicri, Violet Brush, Sculpture


Violet Brush, 2021
15.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 inch


Arman, Dos de Valentine, Sculpture


Dos de Valentine, 1993
20.1 x 9.3 x 2 inch


Ninu, Ninu'Balldog Black, Sculpture


Ninu'Balldog Black, 2021
9.8 x 11.8 x 6.3 inch


Anna Sidi Yacoub, Water Reflections in Blue, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Water Reflections in Blue, 2021
34.6 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


Saxo, Macarons LV, Sculpture


Macarons LV, 2021
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Cécile Thonus, Autour de nous, Sculpture

Cécile Thonus

Autour de nous, 2016
14.2 x 14.2 x 14.2 inch


Marc Boffin, Teddy Silver Medium, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Teddy Silver Medium, 2021
8.3 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch


Vincent Duchêne, Minion Tomato Soup Heart, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

Minion Tomato Soup Heart, 2021
10.6 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch

$1,203 $1,337

Daniel Arsham, Modern Artifact 001, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Modern Artifact 001, 2021
5 x 7.7 x 7.7 inch


Karen Marre, Elévation 6, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Elévation 6, 2020
17.3 x 21.7 x 7.5 inch


Dominique Zoladz, Musicasettes N°3, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Musicasettes N°3, 2005
21.7 x 25.6 x 1.2 inch


Jacques Darbaud, Fouta Djallon, Sculpture

Jacques Darbaud

Fouta Djallon, 2021
18.1 x 5.9 x 9.4 inch


Grégoire Devin, Light My Fire, Sculpture

Grégoire Devin

Light My Fire, 2021
16.1 x 16.1 x 2 inch


Natalie Laudon, Bouche Incendie, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Bouche Incendie, 2021
25.6 x 10.2 x 11.4 inch


Guillaume Roche, Storm 15, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Storm 15, 2021
10.6 x 8.7 x 5.9 inch


Mosoti Kepha, Mary – African Head Wrap Series 1, Sculpture

Mosoti Kepha

Mary – African Head Wrap Series 1, 2019
20.9 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch


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