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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Poonam Choudhary, 3D Epoxy Resin Art, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

3D Epoxy Resin Art, 2021
36 x 36 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

cObo, Red Heart, Sculpture

cObo

Red Heart, 2020
10.2 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,265

David Mesguich, Untitled, Sculpture

David Mesguich

Untitled, 2019
21.3 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Florence Fabris, Sculpture Baby T-Rex 01, Sculpture

Florence Fabris

Sculpture Baby T-Rex 01, 2019
21.7 x 51.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,288

Egle Babilaite, De l’eau dansante II-2, Sculpture

Egle Babilaite

De l’eau dansante II-2, 2019
7 x 6.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,197

Geoff Catlow, Crossover, Sculpture

Geoff Catlow

Crossover, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,580

Noémie Goudal, Study on perspective II, Sculpture

Noémie Goudal

Study on perspective II, 2019
7.9 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$569

Stoz, Imperial Minnie V II, Sculpture

Stoz

Imperial Minnie V II, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$420 $493

Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,644

Sandra Chevrier, La cage ou les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage ou les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,644

Stoz, Rebel rabbit - something red, Sculpture

Stoz

Rebel rabbit - something red, 2021
8.3 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$355 $417

Stoz, Big graffiti ice cheese, Sculpture

Stoz

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

$341 $379

Poonam Choudhary, Epoxy resin art - Happy Moments, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Epoxy resin art - Happy Moments, 2021
30 x 30 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$750

Poonam Choudhary, Sculpture - Stuck in love, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Sculpture - Stuck in love, 2021
11 x 9 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$1,200

Paco Raphael, Balloon Bambi (Blue), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Balloon Bambi (Blue), 2020
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,024

Marianne Turck, Rewriting the world, Sculpture

Marianne Turck

Rewriting the world, 2021
5.5 x 3.1 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,996

Yaacov Agam, Star of David, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

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

$18,971

cObo, Petrole Heart, Sculpture

cObo

Petrole Heart, 2020
10.2 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,265

cObo, Blue Heart, Sculpture

cObo

Blue Heart, 2020
10.2 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,265

Bastien Cuenot, Wild World, Sculpture

Bastien Cuenot

Wild World, 2013
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Patrick Bérubé, Déformation divine, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Déformation divine, 2016
13.8 x 2.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,427

Patrick Bérubé, Déformation divine (Beethoven), Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Déformation divine (Beethoven), 2016
9.4 x 2.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,529

Patrick Bérubé, Déformation divine (skull), Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Déformation divine (skull), 2016
3.5 x 13.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, 2020
3.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,427

Caroline Preston, Landscape swirl, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Landscape swirl, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,415

Caroline Preston, Berries and brambles, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Berries and brambles, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,415

Caroline Preston, Twilight Twist, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Twilight Twist, 2018
30.7 x 30.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,720

Caroline Preston, Sun Swirl, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sun Swirl, 2018
30.7 x 30.7 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$1,720

Florence Fabris, Sculpture Make Love… Not War n°02, Sculpture

Florence Fabris

Sculpture Make Love… Not War n°02, 2020
6.1 x 11.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$759

Caroline Preston, Sunrise, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sunrise, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,415

Caroline Preston, Blossom, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Blossom, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,415

Caroline Preston, Sublime, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sublime, 2016
13.8 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,177

Egle Babilaite, De l’eau dansante I, Sculpture

Egle Babilaite

De l’eau dansante I, 2019
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,197

Egle Babilaite, De l’eau dansante IV-1, Sculpture

Egle Babilaite

De l’eau dansante IV-1, 2019
10.2 x 6.3 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,197

Geoff Catlow, Fresh, Sculpture

Geoff Catlow

Fresh, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,580

Laura Põld, Knitshroom I, Sculpture

Laura Põld

Knitshroom I, 2019
9.8 x 17.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,794

Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Stoz, Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© the rat with 3d glasses, 2021
5.9 x 4.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Stoz, Imperial Minnie Ver. I, Sculpture

Stoz

Imperial Minnie Ver. I, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Stoz, O bella ciao!, Sculpture

Stoz

O bella ciao!, 2021
7.9 x 4.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Stoz, Venus Storm Trooper Vers. I, Sculpture

Stoz

Venus Storm Trooper Vers. I, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Fratz & Gio, Absolut 60 / Frozen Mouse, Sculpture

Fratz & Gio

Absolut 60 / Frozen Mouse, 2016
23.6 x 7.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Poonam Choudhary, Love never ends, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Love never ends, 2020
36 x 36 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sandra Chevrier, La cage là où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage là où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold

David Mesguich, Anne Laure, Sculpture

David Mesguich

Anne Laure, 2018
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,035

David Mesguich, Tijuana, Sculpture

David Mesguich

Tijuana, 2018
28.7 x 13 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Ceet Fouad, Chicanos Bleu, Sculpture

Ceet Fouad

Chicanos Bleu, 2019
15.7 x 9.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Bevan Ramsay, The Dance, Sculpture

Bevan Ramsay

The Dance, 2019
41.3 x 16.1 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$8,221

Florence Fabris, Sculpture Make Love… Not War n°02, Sculpture

Florence Fabris

Sculpture Make Love… Not War n°02, 2019
3.5 x 7.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Florence Fabris, Sculpture Make Love… Not War, Sculpture

Florence Fabris

Sculpture Make Love… Not War, 2019
3.5 x 7.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Florence Fabris, The Lego Flower Thrower, Sculpture

Florence Fabris

The Lego Flower Thrower, 2019
9.8 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Mr LZI, Thug love, Sculpture

Mr LZI

Thug love, 2019
19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Mr LZI, FUCKKOONSLOVEBASQUIAT, Sculpture

Mr LZI

FUCKKOONSLOVEBASQUIAT, 2019
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Mr LZI, Chanhells, Sculpture

Mr LZI

Chanhells, 2019
11.8 x 16.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$885

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