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Abstract Sculpture

The origins of abstract sculpture lie in the artistic developments of the 19th and 20th centuries. By ceasing to use antiquity as a source of inspiration, which had previously dominated sculptural creation for centuries, Auguste Rodin led the way for modern sculpture. Although Rodin’s sculptures continued to respect the principles of classical art, his work encouraged many 20th century sculptors to break away from traditional conventions.

Rodin’s sculptures were a source of inspiration for Brancusi and his distinctive use of clean, simple lines. He later went on to pave the way for abstract sculpture.

The beginning of the 20th century was marked by several discoveries including key mathematical advances which fascinated intellectuals. At the same time, many exiled European artists arrived in Paris seeking refuge, and formed various different art movements, each one hoping to lead the way for a better world. The World Wars were fundamental in encouraging artists to detach themselves from the violence of their lived realities.

A new form of expression appeared; abstraction! Artists no longer wanted to represent reality in a figural way but explored expressing the immaterial using shapes, colour…

Cubism was responsible for introducing the use of geometric shapes to modern art. Representing real life objects as shapes from different angles allowed the artist to create completely new perspectives. Thank you Pablo Picasso! Sculpture was no longer obliged to represent reality in a literal sense as we see it before our very eyes. Sculpture became the object in its own right, embodying its very essence.

Perhaps out of necessity, Cubists imposed few limits in regards to the materials they worked with, many of which were not as ‘noble’ as those previously used in sculpture and included steel and cardboard.

Several movements were to follow, including Dadaism, Neo-Dadaism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, all of which helped to expand abstract art.

Marcel Duchamp, who had shown interest in the movement, introduced the art world to his ‘ready-mades’, establishing the idea that an artwork can be a manufactured object. In his view, it was up to the artist to decide whether something is worthy of being called a work of art or not.

Italian Futurism focused on the representation of movement and was responsible for the creation of kinetic art, in which movement is the artwork itself. One artist in particular had a profound impact on abstract sculpture and that was Thank you Alexander Calder. His famous mobiles were made of thin strips of smooth metal, tied together with strong wire. His colour palette was inspired by Piet Mondrian and he was even quoted as saying: ‘I want to make Mondrians that move.’ Jean Tinguely and Nicolas Schöffer also explored kinetic art and the use of robotics.

As art continued to deal with objects taken from daily life, artists increasingly used poorer materials or objects that had been recycled.

After the Second World War, sculptors could start to be creative on an even bigger scale. Thanks to increased industrialisation, they could produce larger sculptures which were highly weather-resistant, creating possibilities for outdoor creations. Within the Land Art movement, Christo and Jeanne Claude create sculptures which are directly part of the landscape. In Minimalism, the sculpture and its material are determined by its environment so as to highlight the sense of emptiness and space which surrounds it. An excellent example of minimalist sculpture would be Richard Serra’s gigantic creations which allow visitors to explore and wander around inside them.

Some of the biggest names incontemporary sculpture include Anish Kapoor, Donald Judd, Louise Nevelson, Henry Moore Barbara Hepworth, Louise Bourgeois and Sol LeWitt.

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Philippe Pasqua, Vanity, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanity, 2014
21.7 x 15.7 x 19.7 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Landry Clément, Flabellum (LC48), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Flabellum (LC48), 2021
13.4 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch


Grégory Marseille, Broken Skate, Sculpture

Grégory Marseille

Broken Skate, 2021
19.3 x 7.9 x 2 inch


Manuèle Bernardi, Golden hours, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Golden hours, 2021
13.8 x 15.7 x 5.1 inch


Nicolas Delage, Aphrodite, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Aphrodite, 2021
98.4 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


François Bajeot, Fire opale, Sculpture

François Bajeot

Fire opale, 2021
18.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Russell Frampton, Nusakan Plan, Sculpture

Russell Frampton

Nusakan Plan, 2021
33.5 x 33.5 x 1.2 inch


Olga Oreshyna, Daisy twist, Sculpture

Olga Oreshyna

Daisy twist, 2020
24 x 24 x 2.5 inch


Aldric Bendahmane, Prométhée, Sculpture

Aldric Bendahmane

Prométhée, 2021
29.1 x 27.6 x 19.7 inch


Reza, Maternité Motherhood, Sculpture


Maternité Motherhood, 1987
11.4 x 11.4 x 1.2 inch


Martine Saint-Arroman, Devant la fenêtre, Sculpture

Martine Saint-Arroman

Devant la fenêtre, 2010
10.6 x 10.6 x 1.8 inch


Antuan Rodriguez, Infinity, Sculpture

Antuan Rodriguez

Infinity, 2020
10 x 21 x 10 inch


Madeleine Dietz, Licht-Erde-Tresor August II, Sculpture

Madeleine Dietz

Licht-Erde-Tresor August II, 2013
32 x 36 x 4 inch


August Muth, Radiant Spring, Sculpture

August Muth

Radiant Spring, 2021
12 x 4.75 x 1.25 inch


Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
11.8 x 5.5 x 5.9 inch


Maxime Plancque, N°280, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°280, 2019
70.5 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Nathanael Koffi, « 3 », Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

« 3 », 2021
8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inch


Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture


Chants d’oiseaux, 1992
21.3 x 26.8 x 4.7 inch


Stratos, Labyrinthe, Sculpture


Labyrinthe, 2018
12.6 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Petites plaques (Compression), Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Petites plaques (Compression), 1970
14.2 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch


Caroline Brisset, Gaïa (CB38), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Gaïa (CB38), 2018
19.7 x 3.5 x 3.9 inch


Marc Petit, Venus, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Venus, 2019
15 x 2.8 x 2.4 inch


Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe VII (SG176), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Desert Signe VII (SG176), 2020
28.3 x 20.5 x 1.2 inch


Sébastien Créteur, Fission, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Fission, 2018
17 x 8.5 x 8.3 inch


Arno Sebban, Full Blue, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Full Blue, 2021
32.7 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch


David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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


Yohan PLU, Emmanuelle, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Emmanuelle, 2021
20.9 x 14.6 x 6.7 inch


Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch


Alberonero, Scala, Sculpture


Scala, 2019
32.7 x 22.4 x 12.2 inch


Christian Nesler, Nuageux en fin de journée, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Nuageux en fin de journée, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Helder Batista, Stoneage 2.1, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Stoneage 2.1, 2021
24.8 x 7.7 x 7.7 inch

$2,820 $3,134

Pedro Moreno Linares, Espaces ouverts, Sculpture

Pedro Moreno Linares

Espaces ouverts, 2010
16.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch


Rafael Barrios, Levitation IV, Sculpture

Rafael Barrios

Levitation IV, 2019
15.7 x 7.5 x 3.1 inch


Guillaume Allemand, 2020/05 1 (GA38), Sculpture

Guillaume Allemand

2020/05 1 (GA38), 2020
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture


Corps Noir, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 15.7 inch


Roland Masson, De playa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

De playa, 2016
8.3 x 22 x 4.7 inch


Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
37.4 x 37 x 1.6 inch


Karel Appel, From the Circus series. Flower Clown, Sculpture

Karel Appel

From the Circus series. Flower Clown, 1978
39.4 x 47.2 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
118.1 x 47.2 x 47.2 inch


Our recommendations Julio Le Parc, Mobile Losange Rouge, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Mobile Losange Rouge, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 4.7 inch


Julie Espiau, Enroulée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Enroulée, 2019
12 x 5.5 x 6.3 inch


Nadya Bertaux, Le passage du vent, Sculpture

Nadya Bertaux

Le passage du vent, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Michele Cossyro, White Cosmic Folds, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

White Cosmic Folds, 2017
16.9 x 18.1 x 0.2 inch


Véronique Clanet, La Danse    ---- numérotée 7/8., Sculpture

Véronique Clanet

La Danse ---- numérotée 7/8., 2018
13.4 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch


Christine Bazantay, Impulsion, Sculpture

Christine Bazantay

Impulsion, 2018
26 x 22.8 x 8.3 inch


Eric Liot, Micro Apollon, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Micro Apollon, 2020
17.7 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch


Mireille Hottinger, Toliman, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Toliman, 2021
32.3 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Claudio Palmieri, Central Structure, Sculpture

Claudio Palmieri

Central Structure, 1998
26 x 5.1 x 4.9 inch


Nell et Domingo Politi, Ondas 3, Sculpture

Nell et Domingo Politi

Ondas 3, 2017
41.3 x 14.6 x 0.2 inch


Harissart, Mail Box Hermes, Sculpture


Mail Box Hermes, 2021
52 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
20.9 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch


Bengt Lindström, L’esprit de la terre, Sculpture

Bengt Lindström

L’esprit de la terre, 2000
26 x 16.1 x 3.1 inch


Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
9.8 x 8.7 x 0.6 inch


Bounoure & Genevaux, Composition 1, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

Composition 1, 2020
17.3 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch


Thierry Martenon, N°080720 (TM72), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°080720 (TM72), 2020
44.9 x 20.1 x 3.9 inch


Diego Canogar, Enroscada helicoide II, Sculpture

Diego Canogar

Enroscada helicoide II, 2011
15 x 7.5 x 6.3 inch


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


Emmanuel Bour, Léopard sur Canapé, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Léopard sur Canapé, 2017
21.3 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch


Dario Perez-Flores, Prochromatique 3, Sculpture

Dario Perez-Flores

Prochromatique 3, 2010
20.9 x 20.9 x 2.8 inch


Nino Franchina, Composition with Nails, Sculpture

Nino Franchina

Composition with Nails, 1970
18.5 x 3.1 x 2 inch


L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture


Abstraction géométrique, 2014
23.2 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch


Guillaume Couffignal, Architecture, Sculpture

Guillaume Couffignal

Architecture, 2019
20.5 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


Thomas Danel, TD05, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD05, 2018
23.2 x 23.2 x 6.3 inch


Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
20 x 8 x 1.2 inch


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