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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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Stratos, Vire-Volte, Sculpture


Vire-Volte, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 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


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (342), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (342), 2021
28.3 x 22 x 18.9 inch


Maxime Plancque, N°350, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°350, 2021
57.9 x 8.5 x 5.5 inch


Arno Sebban, Hôte II, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Hôte II, 2021
17.7 x 9.8 x 3.9 inch


Bounoure & Genevaux, Composition 1, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

Composition 1, 2020
17.3 x 31.5 x 1.4 inch


Yohan PLU, Sofia, Sculpture

Yohan PLU

Sofia, 2021
21.3 x 14.6 x 7.1 inch


Gilbert Frizon, Ex-tension LVI, Sculpture

Gilbert Frizon

Ex-tension LVI, 2016
28.3 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Aurelija Simkute, Alone, Bronze Sculpture, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Alone, Bronze Sculpture, 2017
18.9 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch


Poonam Choudhary, Bold is beautiful collection 03, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Bold is beautiful collection 03, 2021
7 x 13 x 1 inch


Vladas Kanciauskas, Gordian Knot, Sculpture

Vladas Kanciauskas

Gordian Knot, 2004
11 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch


Verog, Watamahi noire, Sculpture


Watamahi noire, 2018
24.8 x 15.4 x 15.4 inch


Irena Tone, Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Pure silver leaf Snail + Cooper leaf imitation Apple, 2020
9.1 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch

$1,040 $1,156

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Abstract blue and Silver, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Abstract blue and Silver, 2021
47.2 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Anany, Pierre de Rêve - Noir / Or - P.VI, Sculpture


Pierre de Rêve - Noir / Or - P.VI, 2021
7.1 x 7.5 x 0.1 inch


Gianfranco Meggiato, Stella del Sud, Sculpture

Gianfranco Meggiato

Stella del Sud, 2015
23.6 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch


Milko Dobrev, Day and night, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Day and night, 2021
14.4 x 6.3 x 2.8 inch


Guillaume Roche, Exclos 115, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Exclos 115, 2012
20.1 x 7.1 x 5.1 inch


Kuno Vollet, Intertwined, Sculpture

Kuno Vollet

Intertwined, 2021
15.4 x 15.4 x 15.4 inch


Natasha Zupan, Eternal Recurrence #16, deiNERI, Sculpture

Natasha Zupan

Eternal Recurrence #16, deiNERI, 2017
73 x 20 x 8 inch


Millan Garayalde, Wind ll, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

Wind ll, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch


Dine Chanima, Gold monochrom, Sculpture

Dine Chanima

Gold monochrom, 2020
11.4 x 8.3 x 3.1 inch


Melanie Dulson, Sirius, Sculpture

Melanie Dulson

Sirius, 2015
39.4 x 22.4 x 23.6 inch


Jaromir Gargulak, Golden Walnut, Sculpture

Jaromir Gargulak

Golden Walnut, 2020
1.6 x 2 x 1.8 inch


Koo Seunghwui, People #Blue Haze III, Sculpture

Koo Seunghwui

People #Blue Haze III, 2021
18.1 x 18.1 x 3.9 inch


Bernard Métranve, Corex - Petite sphinge, Sculpture

Bernard Métranve

Corex - Petite sphinge, 2021
25.2 x 16.1 x 8.7 inch


Laddie John Dill, Untitled, Sculpture

Laddie John Dill

Untitled, 1976
24 x 32 x 2 inch


Ingravidesa, Metamorphosis, Sculpture


Metamorphosis, 2019
25.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 inch


Nathanael Koffi, « 3 », Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

« 3 », 2021
8.7 x 4.5 x 2 inch


Terzo Yan, Futurman, Sculpture

Terzo Yan

Futurman, 2019
9.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inch


Anastasiya Protsenko, Golden forest, Sculpture

Anastasiya Protsenko

Golden forest, 2020
14.6 x 15.4 x 3.1 inch


Marc Sparza, Contre temps, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Contre temps, 2020
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


David Hostetler, Quiet Woman, Sculpture

David Hostetler

Quiet Woman, 1976
31 x 6.5 x 7 inch


Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer, Atoll 2, Sculpture

Harald Schmitz-Schmelzer

Atoll 2, 2011
22.75 x 22.75 x 7.5 inch


Studio Neshka, Swish, Sculpture

Studio Neshka

Swish, 2021
18.9 x 24 x 7.9 inch


Karen Gulden, Dieu Thot God, Sculpture

Karen Gulden

Dieu Thot God, 1987
10.2 x 3.7 x 3.1 inch


Florian Hunger-Pegof, Fleur - Flower, Sculpture

Florian Hunger-Pegof

Fleur - Flower, 1972
1.6 x 1.2 x 1.2 inch


Gilles Durfort, Attraction, Sculpture

Gilles Durfort

Attraction, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 x 7.9 inch


Daniéla Schlagenhauf, Boule Tocade Dada, Sculpture

Daniéla Schlagenhauf

Boule Tocade Dada, 2014
19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Lynn Chadwick, Rad Lad II (362), Sculpture

Lynn Chadwick

Rad Lad II (362), 1961
15.75 x 5.5 x 4.5 inch


Paco Corell, Abanico, Sculpture

Paco Corell

Abanico, 2020
11.4 x 6.3 x 11.4 inch


Nuno Viegas, Writer I (Klein blue), Sculpture

Nuno Viegas

Writer I (Klein blue), 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Y Kumanda, Origami Angel 1, Sculpture

Y Kumanda

Origami Angel 1, 1999
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Kenji, Saxophoniste, Sculpture


Saxophoniste, 1986
13.4 x 16.9 x 4.7 inch


Seele Kinder, #1, Sculpture

Seele Kinder

#1, 2020
9.1 x 6.7 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Valentine Esteve, I, Modern Archive, Sculpture

Valentine Esteve

I, Modern Archive, 2021
8.7 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Hetre, Famille Bleu Mat, Sculpture


Famille Bleu Mat, 2019
23.6 x 9.4 x 9.1 inch


Moïka Romain, Les galeries, Sculpture

Moïka Romain

Les galeries, 2021
9.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


François Bagioli, Ivraie 9, Sculpture

François Bagioli

Ivraie 9, 2014
21.3 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch


Julian Arnaud, Origami Jaune, Sculpture

Julian Arnaud

Origami Jaune, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 7.9 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


Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe VII (SG176), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

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


Caroline Brisset, Lune II (CB55), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Lune II (CB55), 2018
15.7 x 10.2 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
118.1 x 47.2 x 47.2 inch


Sébastien Créteur, Monyalos Fuschia (rose reflex) N°1/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Monyalos Fuschia (rose reflex) N°1/8, 2015
3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch

$430 $477

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch


Philippe  Hiquily, Marathonienne, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

Marathonienne, 2020
6.3 x 4.5 x 2.4 inch


Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture


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


Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
28 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Romain Langlois, Attraction de l'espace I, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Attraction de l'espace I, 2015
47.6 x 46.9 x 42.5 inch

50,000 - $ 100,000

Our recommendations David Moreno, Protegidos, Sculpture

David Moreno

Protegidos, 2019
78.7 x 31.5 x 18.9 inch


Julie Espiau, Rose des Sables, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Rose des Sables, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture


Corps Noir, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 15.7 inch


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