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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


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


David Ferreira, Cactus, Sculpture

David Ferreira

Cactus, 2021
59.8 x 21.7 x 6.7 inch


Stoz, Rebel rabbit - something red, Sculpture


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


Ian Philip, The Stormtrooper David red, Sculpture

Ian Philip

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


Spaco, Mickey Colors, Sculpture


Mickey Colors, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Wabé, Personnage n°1060, Sculpture


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


Poonam Choudhary, Vase, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Vase, 2021
18 x 9 x 9 inch


Âme Sauvage, Petit chien bleu, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Petit chien bleu, 2021
7.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch


Lis Sam, Painting to dream - Chanel, Sculpture

Lis Sam

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


Anna Sidi Yacoub, Bronze reflections, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Bronze reflections, 2021
46.5 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Nanan, Andrei, Sculpture


Andrei, 2021
11.4 x 7.1 x 7.5 inch


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


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


Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture


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


Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture


MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


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


Shelby, Picsou & Bart Mailbox, Sculpture


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


Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
37.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Aerobot Concept, Coulures chromes, Sculpture

Aerobot Concept

Coulures chromes, 2021
13.8 x 9.8 x 3.1 inch


Marcelo Mendonça, My Broken Heart, Sculpture

Marcelo Mendonça

My Broken Heart, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch


Liesbeth Philippaers, Sweetheart, Sculpture

Liesbeth Philippaers

Sweetheart, 2020
15.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


KiKo, Fashion Hermès oil, Sculpture


Fashion Hermès oil, 2021
23.6 x 15 x 15 inch


Stratos, Les volutes, Sculpture


Les volutes, 2020
51.2 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch


Martha Boto, Demi cercles, Sculpture

Martha Boto

Demi cercles, 1975
15.6 x 11.4 x 7.9 inch


Jacqueline Schäfer, Strange Bird 4O, Sculpture

Jacqueline Schäfer

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


Vincent Duchêne, Jerrican'art Spyder, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

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


S2Bart, MailBox Love Gold, Sculpture


MailBox Love Gold, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

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


Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 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


Our recommendations Marc Boffin, Chanel Board, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Chanel Board, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch


Piotre, One dollar old school, Sculpture


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


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

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


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


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


Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture


Sans titre, 2020
57.1 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch


Pinkhas, Pez Gold Minnie, Sculpture


Pez Gold Minnie, 2018
39 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Amey, La brique 1, Sculpture


La brique 1, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture


MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Eric Liot, Springbok, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Springbok, 2021
25.6 x 10.2 x 12.6 inch


David Kracov, New York in my heart, Sculpture

David Kracov

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


Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture


Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch


Théo MHS, Voiturette Hermès, Sculpture

Théo MHS

Voiturette Hermès, 2020
15.7 x 30.7 x 13.4 inch


Michadu, Petit fou, Sculpture


Petit fou, 2019
14.6 x 11 x 5.1 inch


Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
37.4 x 37 x 1.6 inch


Bernard Saint-Maxent, Heart Painter, Sculpture

Bernard Saint-Maxent

Heart Painter, 2018
39.4 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


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


PyB, Hope Liechtenstein, Sculpture


Hope Liechtenstein, 2021
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch


Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture


Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch


MNFF, Mickey Pixel Frida, Sculpture


Mickey Pixel Frida, 2020
16.1 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch


Kami, Petite renarde, Sculpture


Petite renarde, 2019
7.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Az, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Az, 2016
14.2 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch


Emmanuel Pons, iDoll, Sculpture

Emmanuel Pons

iDoll, 2017
17.7 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch


Ciane Xavier, When Everything Stops, Sculpture

Ciane Xavier

When Everything Stops, 2020
20 x 50 x 15 inch


Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture


Plante carnivore, 2020
24.8 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch


Kiko & Jayet, Ours Jayet Hermès, Sculpture

Kiko & Jayet

Ours Jayet Hermès, 2020
23.6 x 18.9 x 13 inch


Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
3 x 3 x 3 inch


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


Hyo-Seok Jin, Composition 0218, Sculpture

Hyo-Seok Jin

Composition 0218, 2018
29.1 x 24.4 x 2.6 inch


Alain Olivieri, Distanciation, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Distanciation, 2020
5.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.3 inch


Kokimoto, Safety First!, Sculpture


Safety First!, 2019
14.6 x 15.4 x 18.1 inch


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