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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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Hersk, Something to suck 363, Sculpture


Something to suck 363, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Shelby, Multi love sculpture, Sculpture


Multi love sculpture, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch


Spaco, Skull colors gold, Sculpture


Skull colors gold, 2021
5.1 x 4.3 x 7.1 inch


Zenoy, Boite aux lettres, Sculpture


Boite aux lettres, 2021
20.1 x 15 x 9.8 inch


Shake, Alone Boy, Sculpture


Alone Boy, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 0.8 inch

$537 $597

Zed, Flexo Climber 1 - Rose, Sculpture


Flexo Climber 1 - Rose, 2021
15.4 x 5.5 x 11.8 inch


Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Chanel, Sculpture


Fluo Playmobil Chanel, 2021
24.4 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch


Simone De Rosa, Brick Hope VS Banksy, Sculpture

Simone De Rosa

Brick Hope VS Banksy, 2021
14.6 x 14.6 x 2.4 inch


VL., Trophée Mickey Skull, Sculpture


Trophée Mickey Skull, 2021
6.3 x 5.9 x 0.8 inch

$118 $131

Ian Philip, Skate Business Vador II, Sculpture

Ian Philip

Skate Business Vador II, 2021
31.5 x 8.3 x 2.4 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (282), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (282), 2018
28.7 x 12.2 x 7.9 inch


Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Bowl with Falling Apples, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Bowl with Falling Apples, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
9.3 x 6.1 x 5.9 inch


Elena Bulatova, Small white sparkle popsicle, Sculpture

Elena Bulatova

Small white sparkle popsicle, 2021
12 x 8 x 5 inch


JP Malot, Coke, Sculpture

JP Malot

Coke, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 x 2 inch


F1rstpop, Bear, Sculpture


Bear, 2021
20.1 x 8.3 x 5.9 inch


Jertod, Jertod dans les nuages, Sculpture


Jertod dans les nuages, 2019
16.5 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch


Dopedout M, WonderWoman Road sign, Sculpture

Dopedout M

WonderWoman Road sign, 2021
29.1 x 32.5 x 0.6 inch


Jose Margulis, Ocean Moon, Sculpture

Jose Margulis

Ocean Moon, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 3.1 inch


Volker Kühn, Reflection II, Sculpture

Volker Kühn

Reflection II, 2019
20.1 x 19.3 x 2.4 inch


Bruno Helgen, White Globe, Sculpture

Bruno Helgen

White Globe, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Vili, Mini globe gold/white, Sculpture


Mini globe gold/white, 2021
4.7 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch


S2Bart, Ourson Hermès, Sculpture


Ourson Hermès, 2021
13.8 x 11 x 10.2 inch


Our recommendations Marc Boffin, Teddy petrol coeur (medium), Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Teddy petrol coeur (medium), 2020
8.3 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch


Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch


Jacqueline Schäfer, Cactus 3A, Sculpture

Jacqueline Schäfer

Cactus 3A, 2017
8.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


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

Dr. Love

Banksy love street (a tribute sculpture to Banksy), 2021
19.7 x 26.4 x 2 inch


Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture


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


Daru, Panneau Sans Interdits La vie de n'a pas de sens, Sculpture


Panneau Sans Interdits La vie de n'a pas de sens, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Stratos, Voyage, Sculpture


Voyage, 2021
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Stoz, Stozland© twins of Love, Sculpture


Stozland© twins of Love, 2021
9.1 x 5.5 x 1.6 inch


Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

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


MAM, Happy life, Sculpture


Happy life, 2021
9.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Piotre, One dollar old school, Sculpture


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


Julien Marinetti, Panda BA, Sculpture

Julien Marinetti

Panda BA, 2020
35.4 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch


Nanan, Kawa, Sculpture


Kawa, 2021
7.5 x 7.1 x 11.4 inch


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

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


Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 inch


Amey, La brique 7, Sculpture


La brique 7, 2021
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture


Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch


Virginia Benedicto, One day, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

One day, 2016
14.6 x 16.5 x 3.9 inch


Benji Pop Art, Maca-art Dior Rose Fluo S, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-art Dior Rose Fluo S, 2021
0.8 x 1.4 x 1.4 inch


Âme Sauvage, La fierté du renard, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

La fierté du renard, 2021
5.9 x 3.3 x 4 inch


David Cumps, Mona Bruxella, Sculpture

David Cumps

Mona Bruxella, 2019
20.1 x 24 x 1.6 inch


Michadu, Série 6-9, Sculpture


Série 6-9, 2019
15.7 x 4.7 x 5.1 inch


Robert Sgarra, Guitar Django, Sculpture

Robert Sgarra

Guitar Django, 2015
79.5 x 31.1 x 0.2 inch


Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture


Gianni diFranco, 2021
13.8 x 13 x 5.5 inch


Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture


Bisous Chanel balloon, 2020
20.5 x 14.4 x 4.3 inch

$623 $692

Money Talk, Mr. Cash, Sculpture

Money Talk

Mr. Cash, 2021
11 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch


Fabien Novarino, Bad Girls, Sculpture

Fabien Novarino

Bad Girls, 2020
44.1 x 32.7 x 4.3 inch


Sezny Peron, Flux, Sculpture

Sezny Peron

Flux, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Mireille Hottinger, Toliman, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Toliman, 2021
32.3 x 5.9 x 3.9 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


Kokimoto, Seagull, Sculpture


Seagull, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Vincent Duchêne, Jerrican'art Spyder, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

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

$2,656 $2,984

Betsy Enzensberger, Summer Romance, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Summer Romance, 2021
18.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch


Sébastien Créteur, Monyalos orange N°1/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Monyalos orange N°1/8, 2018
3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 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


Rodrigo Romero Perez, Pan Troglodytes 2, Sculpture

Rodrigo Romero Perez

Pan Troglodytes 2, 2020
55.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Homek & Jerome Mesnager, Passage #2, Sculpture

Homek & Jerome Mesnager

Passage #2, 2021
23.6 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
37.4 x 37 x 1.6 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

$7,877 $8,951

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Forever Summer II !, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Forever Summer II !, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XVIII, Sculpture


Quarry Abstract, XVIII, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Pierrick Allemand, Flowers of Love, Sculpture

Pierrick Allemand

Flowers of Love, 2021
11.4 x 4.7 x 3.5 inch


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