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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Sufyr, Au coin de la rue, Sculpture

Sufyr

Au coin de la rue, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$528

Miss Tic, Se donner cœur et âme, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Se donner cœur et âme, 2021
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$754

Amey, La brique 2, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 2, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

JP Malot, L'Art de Crâner, Sculpture

JP Malot

L'Art de Crâner, 2016
6.7 x 9.4 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,768

Marc Kraskowski, Ibis rouge, Sculpture

Marc Kraskowski

Ibis rouge, 2020
11.8 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,156

Benjamin Sabatier, Untitled, Sculpture

Benjamin Sabatier

Untitled, 2017
13.8 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,261

Pascal Catry, Bossa Nova, Sculpture

Pascal Catry

Bossa Nova, 2016
25.2 x 68.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,391

Sebastian Bergne, Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 2 Bricks, Sculpture

Sebastian Bergne

Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 2 Bricks, 2020
5.1 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$226

Rusen Doykov, Yellow, Sculpture

Rusen Doykov

Yellow, 2018
43.7 x 14.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Sufyr, Au coin de la rue, Sculpture

Sufyr

Au coin de la rue, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$528

Pimax, Tomato Splash Brick, Sculpture

Pimax

Tomato Splash Brick, 2017
14.2 x 13 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,387

Miss Tic, On s'aime prenez en de la graine, Sculpture

Miss Tic

On s'aime prenez en de la graine, 2021
17.7 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,231

Miss Tic, Apache de cœur, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Apache de cœur, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Miss Tic, Poète vos papiers, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Poète vos papiers, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Amey, La brique 5, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 5, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

Miss Tic, Souriez Vous Etes Vivants, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Souriez Vous Etes Vivants, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Miss Tic, Apache de coeur, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Apache de coeur, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$829

Christian Nesler, Botez Koad, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Botez Koad, 2020
24.8 x 24.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,894

Miss Tic, La Passion sinon Rien, Sculpture

Miss Tic

La Passion sinon Rien, 2021
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Miss Tic, Poète vos papiers, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Poète vos papiers, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$829

Miss Tic, Apache de Cœur, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Apache de Cœur, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$816

Miss Tic, Testée Positive à l'Amour, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Testée Positive à l'Amour, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$741

Wilds, Horizon, Sculpture

Wilds

Horizon, 2015
49.2 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$18,778

Sufyr, Guilty Loving you, Sculpture

Sufyr

Guilty Loving you, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$528

Sufyr, Saint Exupéry, Sculpture

Sufyr

Saint Exupéry, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$528

Sufyr, Nougaro, Sculpture

Sufyr

Nougaro, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$528

Gilbert Pauli, Tectite noire, Sculpture

Gilbert Pauli

Tectite noire, 2018
26.4 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,131

Efi Mashiah, Bricks "Marilyn", Sculpture

Efi Mashiah

Bricks "Marilyn", 2020
48 x 48 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$7,500

Mister Luca T, The Dollar, Sculpture

Mister Luca T

The Dollar, 2018
33.1 x 13.4 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,947

Mister Luca T, The Laughing Cow Dollar, Sculpture

Mister Luca T

The Laughing Cow Dollar, 2018
31.9 x 19.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,947

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XV, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, XV, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XIII, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, XIII, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XII, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, XII, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, XI, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, XI, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, II, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, II, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, I, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, I, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, V, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, V, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, IV, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, IV, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

Ellis, Quarry Abstract, III, Sculpture

Ellis

Quarry Abstract, III, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,151

KnArtwork, Golden Dinospray Long, Sculpture

KnArtwork

Golden Dinospray Long, 2020
5.9 x 3.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$377

Marc Kraskowski, Coq, Sculpture

Marc Kraskowski

Coq, 2020
13.4 x 3.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,156

Yossi Ben Abu, Arch B, Sculpture

Yossi Ben Abu

Arch B, 2019
30 x 30 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Yossi Ben Abu, Arch A, Sculpture

Yossi Ben Abu

Arch A, 2019
29.9 x 29.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Sebastian Bergne, Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 5 Bricks, Sculpture

Sebastian Bergne

Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 5 Bricks, 2020
5.9 x 12.6 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$603

Sebastian Bergne, Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 3 Bricks, Sculpture

Sebastian Bergne

Exclusive Edition - Candle Brick Rebuilding - 3 Bricks, 2020
6.3 x 15.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$364

Rusen Doykov, Blue, Sculpture

Rusen Doykov

Blue, 2018
43.7 x 14.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Juan Garaizabal, Cheval de Marly, Sculpture

Juan Garaizabal

Cheval de Marly, 2015
51.2 x 38.6 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$22,609

Jérôme Mesnager, Brique, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Brique, 2021
9.1 x 4.3 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sylvie Guyomard, Orogenèse XII (SG160), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Orogenèse XII (SG160), 2019
31.5 x 29.5 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Amey, La brique 1, Sculpture

Amey

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

Sold

Amey, La brique 4, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 4, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Amey, La brique 3, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 3, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Miss Tic, Tuer le temps il se venge, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Tuer le temps il se venge, 2019
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Miss Tic, Le pouvoir ne protège pas il se protège, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Le pouvoir ne protège pas il se protège, 2019
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Miss Tic, Juste pour une justice juste, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Juste pour une justice juste, 2019
8.7 x 3.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Miss Tic, Amy mon amis aux succès damnés, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Amy mon amis aux succès damnés, 2019
8.7 x 4.1 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

JP Malot, La Brique Bitcoin. Brut' 2018., Sculpture

JP Malot

La Brique Bitcoin. Brut' 2018., 2018
8.7 x 3.9 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Sufyr, Dali, Sculpture

Sufyr

Dali, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

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