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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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Zed, Flexo Be Audacious 3 Rouge, Sculpture

Zed

Flexo Be Audacious 3 Rouge, 2021
17.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$149

David Ferreira, Cactus, Sculpture

David Ferreira

Cactus, 2021
59.8 x 21.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,730

Stoz, Rebel rabbit - something red, Sculpture

Stoz

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

$410

Ian Philip, The Stormtrooper David red, Sculpture

Ian Philip

The Stormtrooper David red, 2020
25.6 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,979

Spaco, Mickey Colors, Sculpture

Spaco

Mickey Colors, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$298

Wabé, Personnage n°1060, Sculpture

Wabé

Personnage n°1060, 2014
4.3 x 2 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$442

Poonam Choudhary, Vase, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Vase, 2021
18 x 9 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$1,400

Âme Sauvage, Petit chien bleu, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Petit chien bleu, 2021
7.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$360

Lis Sam, Painting to dream - Chanel, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Painting to dream - Chanel, 2021
20.9 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$571

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Bronze reflections, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Bronze reflections, 2021
46.5 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Nanan, Andrei, Sculpture

Nanan

Andrei, 2021
11.4 x 7.1 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,365

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, 2021
21.7 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$614

Edu Danesi, Mini Capot Porsche - Silver Dean, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Mini Capot Porsche - Silver Dean, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Socrate

Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, 2021
24.4 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,613

Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture

Daru

MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,592

Virginie Mariany (Ninu), Playmobil splash black color middle XXL, Sculpture

Virginie Mariany (Ninu)

Playmobil splash black color middle XXL, 2021
24.8 x 12.2 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$931

Shelby, Picsou & Bart Mailbox, Sculpture

Shelby

Picsou & Bart Mailbox, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,220

Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
37.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,957

Aerobot Concept, Coulures chromes, Sculpture

Aerobot Concept

Coulures chromes, 2021
13.8 x 9.8 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$434

Marcelo Mendonça, My Broken Heart, Sculpture

Marcelo Mendonça

My Broken Heart, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,436

Liesbeth Philippaers, Sweetheart, Sculpture

Liesbeth Philippaers

Sweetheart, 2020
15.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$565

KiKo, Fashion Hermès oil, Sculpture

KiKo

Fashion Hermès oil, 2021
23.6 x 15 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$1,738

Stratos, Les volutes, Sculpture

Stratos

Les volutes, 2020
51.2 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,716

Martha Boto, Demi cercles, Sculpture

Martha Boto

Demi cercles, 1975
15.6 x 11.4 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,972

Jacqueline Schäfer, Strange Bird 4O, Sculpture

Jacqueline Schäfer

Strange Bird 4O, 2018
8.7 x 6.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$149

Vincent Duchêne, Jerrican'art Spyder, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

Jerrican'art Spyder, 2019
18.5 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

S2Bart, MailBox Love Gold, Sculpture

S2Bart

MailBox Love Gold, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,599

Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

L'européanisation du pop, 2017
15.7 x 8.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,468

Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,537

Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$11,046

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
Sculpture

$472

Our recommendations Marc Boffin, Chanel Board, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Chanel Board, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$683

Piotre, One dollar old school, Sculpture

Piotre

One dollar old school, 2020
5.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$608

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Diner with an acrobat, 2017
13 x 5.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Dr. Love, Banksy street pop (a tribute to Banksy sculpture), Sculpture

Dr. Love

Banksy street pop (a tribute to Banksy sculpture), 2020
8.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$495

Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, Sculpture

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$9,308

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2020
57.1 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,351

Pinkhas, Pez Gold Minnie, Sculpture

Pinkhas

Pez Gold Minnie, 2018
39 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,198

Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$372

Amey, La brique 1, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 1, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$993

Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture

Dezache

MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,344

Eric Liot, Springbok, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Springbok, 2021
25.6 x 10.2 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$9,929

David Kracov, New York in my heart, Sculpture

David Kracov

New York in my heart, 2015
22 x 24.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,184

Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$720

Théo MHS, Voiturette Hermès, Sculpture

Théo MHS

Voiturette Hermès, 2020
15.7 x 30.7 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,606

Michadu, Petit fou, Sculpture

Michadu

Petit fou, 2019
14.6 x 11 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$372

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
37.4 x 37 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,730

Bernard Saint-Maxent, Heart Painter, Sculpture

Bernard Saint-Maxent

Heart Painter, 2018
39.4 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,979

Christophe Jehan, Un petit coin de ciel bleu, Sculpture

Christophe Jehan

Un petit coin de ciel bleu, 2016
13.4 x 7.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,613

PyB, Hope Liechtenstein, Sculpture

PyB

Hope Liechtenstein, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$298

Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture

Moons

Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,420

MNFF, Mickey Pixel Frida, Sculpture

MNFF

Mickey Pixel Frida, 2020
16.1 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,447

Kami, Petite renarde, Sculpture

Kami

Petite renarde, 2019
7.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$757

Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Az, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Az, 2016
14.2 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,986

Emmanuel Pons, iDoll, Sculpture

Emmanuel Pons

iDoll, 2017
17.7 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,840

Ciane Xavier, When Everything Stops, Sculpture

Ciane Xavier

When Everything Stops, 2020
20 x 50 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$4,220

Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture

Sank

Plante carnivore, 2020
24.8 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Kiko & Jayet, Ours Jayet Hermès, Sculpture

Kiko & Jayet

Ours Jayet Hermès, 2020
23.6 x 18.9 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$7,198

Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
3 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$434

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
6.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$931

Hyo-Seok Jin, Composition 0218, Sculpture

Hyo-Seok Jin

Composition 0218, 2018
29.1 x 24.4 x 2.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Alain Olivieri, Distanciation, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Distanciation, 2020
5.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$521

Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$683

Kokimoto, Safety First!, Sculpture

Kokimoto

Safety First!, 2019
14.6 x 15.4 x 18.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

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