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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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Mauro Corda, Les suricates - Blue, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Les suricates - Blue, 2020
6.3 x 2.6 x 2.4 inch


Claude Gilli, L’amour fou, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

L’amour fou, 2010
6.3 x 4.3 x 1.6 inch


Li Lihong, Mini Michelin China Silver, Sculpture

Li Lihong

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


Miguel Guía, Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, 2021
11 x 4.7 x 3.5 inch


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


Christophe Charbonnel, Dryade II, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Dryade II, 2021
20.1 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch


Hersk, Goldo V1, Sculpture


Goldo V1, 2021
11.8 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch

< $ 2,500

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


Fred Meurice, Flacon Tiger Love Blanc, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

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


Marc Petit, Le crucifié, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le crucifié, 2004
42.1 x 23.6 x 9.4 inch


Nicolas Krauss, Fast Food Mc Donald, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

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


Sébastien Créteur, Heresy II, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Heresy II, 2018
5.1 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Goldorak VIII, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Goldorak VIII, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch


Eric Liot, Athéna, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Athéna, 2020
39 x 18.9 x 11.8 inch


Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

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


Benji Pop Art, Maca-art Chanel Noir S, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-art Chanel Noir S, 2021
0.8 x 1.4 x 1.4 inch


Spaco, Skull colors gold, Sculpture


Skull colors gold, 2019
5.1 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Julie Espiau, Abandonée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Abandonée, 2021
3.9 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch


David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Equilibre (DV17), 2021
26.4 x 3.5 x 2 inch


Stoz, Stozland© graffiti panda gun, Sculpture


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


Chantal de Block, Marie Clara, Sculpture

Chantal de Block

Marie Clara, 2019
26.4 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch

< $ 2,500

Âme Sauvage, Panthère sauvage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Panthère sauvage, 2021
5.5 x 16.9 x 2.8 inch


Pablo Picasso, Madoura Ceramic Plate - Tête de chèvre de profil, Ramié 106, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Madoura Ceramic Plate - Tête de chèvre de profil, Ramié 106, 1950
9.88 x 9.88 x 2 inch


Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch


Noze, Air Jordan Velour Royal, Sculpture


Air Jordan Velour Royal, 2021
20.9 x 24 x 3.9 inch


Aldo Chaparro, You, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

You, 2008
40 x 104 x 2 inch


Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch


Emilie Muzy, Tête de Lion, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

Tête de Lion, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 10.2 inch


PyB, Hope warhol soup, Sculpture


Hope warhol soup, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Valerie Marty, L'Ange, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

L'Ange, 2021
33.1 x 17.7 x 11.8 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
14.6 x 14.2 x 4.7 inch


Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
46.1 x 33.3 x 2.4 inch


Sébastien Ruiz, Le légionnaire, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

Le légionnaire, 2020
11.4 x 4.7 x 7.1 inch


Rietje Geurts, Verleiding (Temptation), Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Verleiding (Temptation), 2019
17.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 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


Shelby, Chaplin Layers, Sculpture


Chaplin Layers, 2021
19.7 x 8.7 x 3.9 inch


Shakeart83, Kong Graff, Sculpture


Kong Graff, 2021
7.9 x 5.7 x 2.4 inch


Yaacov Agam, Cercle Haut, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Cercle Haut, 1969
85 x 35 x 2 inch


Costa, Mines, Sculpture


Mines, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Brice Gelot, Message in the bottle, Sculpture

Brice Gelot

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


Olivier DeGroote, Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
10 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Tarek, Lego 8, Sculpture


Lego 8, 2020
5.5 x 15 x 7.5 inch


Arman, Dos de Valentine, Sculpture


Dos de Valentine, 1993
20.1 x 9.3 x 2 inch


Jean-François Fouilhoux, Louise, Sculpture

Jean-François Fouilhoux

Louise, 2020
13 x 13.8 x 4.3 inch


Betsy Enzensberger, Minty, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Minty, 2019
5 x 2.6 x 2.6 inch

$307 $340

Sébastien Langloÿs, La Valse, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

La Valse, 2013
10.2 x 6.3 x 5.1 inch


Santicri, Violet Brush, Sculpture


Violet Brush, 2021
15.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 inch

$289 $322

Irena Tone, Cactus, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Cactus, 2020
43.3 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch

$3,661 $4,068

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


Thierry Corpet, Totem - Parker, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem - Parker, 2021
17.7 x 7.9 x 3.7 inch


Vincent Duchêne, Minion Tomato Soup Heart, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

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


Milko Dobrev, Phoenix, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Phoenix, 2021
11.8 x 3.1 x 2 inch


Yves Pires, Eva, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Eva, 2016
21.7 x 18.5 x 3.1 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref 328, Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref 328, 2021
15 x 11.8 x 9.1 inch


Anne-Valérie Dupond, Alsatia, Sculpture

Anne-Valérie Dupond

Alsatia, 2019
21.7 x 9.8 x 11.8 inch


Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°103, 2021
28 x 10.2 x 0.2 inch


Pierre-Luc Poujol, Dripping energy, Sculpture

Pierre-Luc Poujol

Dripping energy, 2021
78 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch


Yannick Bouillault, Yellow period, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

Yellow period, 2021
6.3 x 2.6 x 2 inch


Karen Marre, Elévation 6, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Elévation 6, 2020
17.3 x 21.7 x 7.5 inch


Jumeaux Ouattara, Yatenga, Sculpture

Jumeaux Ouattara

Yatenga, 2021
42.5 x 7.5 x 5.5 inch


Joëlle Laboue, Sil 1, Sculpture

Joëlle Laboue

Sil 1, 2021
17.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


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