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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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Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref (307), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref (307), 2019
21.7 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,337

Vincent Sabatier, Bitcoins Or, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Bitcoins Or, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Fat, Never Give Up, Sculpture

Fat

Never Give Up, 2021
52 x 14.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,585

Marianne Turck, Globe, Sculpture

Marianne Turck

Globe, 2021
14.2 x 11 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,585

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Bronze reflections, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Bronze reflections, 2021
46.5 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Jean-Jacques Venturini, Rolling Stones–Tongue and Lips, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Venturini

Rolling Stones–Tongue and Lips, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Marcus Egli, Pot, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Pot, 2013
4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$993

Aerobot Concept, Coulures chromes, Sculpture

Aerobot Concept

Coulures chromes, 2021
13.8 x 9.8 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$434

Alain Mimouni, Brooklyn, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Brooklyn, 2020
6.3 x 19.3 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$397

William Barbosa, Untitled, Sculpture

William Barbosa

Untitled, 2008
16.5 x 9.4 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite chanel, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite chanel, 2020
11.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Our recommendations David Gerstein, Biking B, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Biking B, 1998
22 x 55.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,273

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

Bounoure & Genevaux, A1-15, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

A1-15, 2020
18.1 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$906

Fratz & Gio, Absolut 150 / Frozen Mouse, Sculpture

Fratz & Gio

Absolut 150 / Frozen Mouse, 2016
59.1 x 18.9 x 20.5 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Bernard Saint-Maxent, Heart Painter, Sculpture

Bernard Saint-Maxent

Heart Painter, 2018
39.4 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,979

Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture

Moons

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

$2,420

Antoine Dufilho, Mercedes W1 96 FA, Sculpture

Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W1 96 FA, 2020
5.9 x 29.9 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Nadya Bertaux, La ronde du vent 122, Sculpture

Nadya Bertaux

La ronde du vent 122, 2017
48 x 48 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,344

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
20.9 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$621

Daniele Sigalot, 100 paper planes simultaneously hitting the wall, Sculpture

Daniele Sigalot

100 paper planes simultaneously hitting the wall, 2018
86.6 x 70.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$12,411

Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
27.6 x 26.8 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,323

Karl Lagasse, Dollar Bill Green, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Dollar Bill Green, 2016
8.3 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,293

Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch
Sculpture

$6,144

Michal Trpak, Slight Uncertainty, Sculpture

Michal Trpak

Slight Uncertainty, 2018
70.1 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$21,099

Fabien Barrero-Carsenat, Mont, Sculpture

Fabien Barrero-Carsenat

Mont, 2019
4.7 x 7.1 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$856

Fabien Novarino, Bad Girls, Sculpture

Fabien Novarino

Bad Girls, 2020
44.1 x 32.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$10,549

José Pirès, Toréador, Sculpture

José Pirès

Toréador, 2017
16.5 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$372

Richard Saint-Amans, Le Doute, Sculpture

Richard Saint-Amans

Le Doute, 2019
114.2 x 86.6 x 98.4 inch
Sculpture

$31,028

Papaz, Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, Sculpture

Papaz

Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, 2020
14.2 x 31.1 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$559

Our recommendations Alex Katz, Maine Cow, Sculpture

Alex Katz

Maine Cow, 2007
49 x 72.5 x 10.25 inch
Sculpture

$175,000

Robert Sgarra, Mickey, Sculpture

Robert Sgarra

Mickey, 2019
65.4 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,826

Daniel Byrne, Cluster in Morpho (small), Sculpture

Daniel Byrne

Cluster in Morpho (small), 2020
21.3 x 21.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,508

Peggy-Lee Mensen, Amor Holland, Sculpture

Peggy-Lee Mensen

Amor Holland, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,179

Art-O, Epouvantail_Art-O-03, Sculpture

Art-O

Epouvantail_Art-O-03, 2016
74.8 x 34.6 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Véronique Ball, Akem, Sculpture

Véronique Ball

Akem, 2012
26.4 x 15 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Nathalie Zelman, Donald Painter, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Donald Painter, 2021
7.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$559 $621

Supocaos, Bouillon, Sculpture

Supocaos

Bouillon, 2019
37.8 x 20.1 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,055

Richie, Hermès Dollar Black Orange, Sculpture

Richie

Hermès Dollar Black Orange, 2017
25.6 x 65 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,541

Joanna Danilo, Card Golden Ring, Sculpture

Joanna Danilo

Card Golden Ring, 2018
18.1 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$546

Ji-Yun, Nostalgie, Sculpture

Ji-Yun

Nostalgie, 2018
19.7 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Sébastien Kito, Couple platine noir 44 cm, Sculpture

Sébastien Kito

Couple platine noir 44 cm, 2015
17.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Lyès-Olivier Sidhoum, Holly Montain, Sculpture

Lyès-Olivier Sidhoum

Holly Montain, 2020
39.9 x 39.9 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$14,000

Jose Margulis, Alpine Landscape, Sculpture

Jose Margulis

Alpine Landscape, 2017
16 x 46 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$7,500

Gad Berry, Baby's Dream, Sculpture

Gad Berry

Baby's Dream, 2020
11 x 15.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$11,791

David Louis Doerler, NWM - New Walking Man Noir - 67 cm / Baskets Noir & argent, Sculpture

David Louis Doerler

NWM - New Walking Man Noir - 67 cm / Baskets Noir & argent, 2020
26.4 x 4.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$931

Fan M, Architect dream 2, Sculpture

Fan M

Architect dream 2, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,468

Éricc, Cactus, Sculpture

Éricc

Cactus, 2020
55.1 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,613

Philippe Perrin, Razor Blade, Sculpture

Philippe Perrin

Razor Blade, 2005
59.1 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$12,411

Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture

Tang

Gabbiano d'Entelli, 2020
19.7 x 3.9 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$310

Siri Hollander, Chispa, Sculpture

Siri Hollander

Chispa, 2017
65 x 55 x 24 inch
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Peter Mammes, Hope, Sculpture

Peter Mammes

Hope, 2020
17.7 x 19.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,218

Ureta, Steel Skull, Sculpture

Ureta

Steel Skull, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,105

Stéphan Ouzilou (Fano), Mickey Thai, Sculpture

Stéphan Ouzilou (Fano)

Mickey Thai, 2020
70.9 x 47.2 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$40,460

Flo Hombecq, Le temps des fleurs, Sculpture

Flo Hombecq

Le temps des fleurs, 2019
14.2 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,018

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

Black Shadow Trading Company, 2015
14 x 12 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$10,549

Susumu Shingu, Little Wings, Sculpture

Susumu Shingu

Little Wings, 2011
16.9 x 26.2 x 18.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Edgar Negret, El Sol Rojo, Sculpture

Edgar Negret

El Sol Rojo, 1985
98.4 x 96.1 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$210,000

Atticus Adams, Bouquet, Sculpture

Atticus Adams

Bouquet, 2017
15 x 16 x 16 inch
Sculpture

$1,400

Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
8.9 x 3.4 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

GiFoArs, Vintage, Sculpture

GiFoArs

Vintage, 2019
12 x 3.4 x 3.4 inch
Sculpture

$559

Pere Moles, Mobile Estripagecs, Sculpture

Pere Moles

Mobile Estripagecs, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$496

Andrew Ryder, Sharha, Sculpture

Andrew Ryder

Sharha, 2016
16.9 x 22.4 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,361

Christian Maas, Guépard marchant, Sculpture

Christian Maas

Guépard marchant, 2011
33.1 x 74.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,929

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