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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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Gaël Rouxeville, la Boucle, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

la Boucle, 2002
7.9 x 15 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,968

Valérie Hadida, Petite Margot, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Petite Margot, 2019
15 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,932

Eric Liot, Anubis, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Anubis, 2019
51.2 x 23.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$45,530

Yann-Eric Eichenberger, Aneta, Sculpture

Yann-Eric Eichenberger

Aneta, 2017
82.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$46,795

Marie-Madeleine Gautier, Et après?, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Gautier

Et après?, 2021
21.3 x 12.2 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Catherine de Kerhor, Papa ours, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Papa ours, 2019
9.8 x 7.9 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,134

Annabelle Delaigue, Sahara, Sculpture

Annabelle Delaigue

Sahara, 2010
18.9 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$7,462

Sylvie Derely, Farandole, Sculpture

Sylvie Derely

Farandole, 2017
13.4 x 24.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,956

Fanjol, Adulation, Sculpture

Fanjol

Adulation, 2020
15.4 x 13 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$12,015

Carlos Mata, Chien, Sculpture

Carlos Mata

Chien, 2004
7.9 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,544

Stéphane Szendy, Cyclope, Sculpture

Stéphane Szendy

Cyclope, 2017
29.5 x 23.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,059

Lolek, Margaux, Sculpture

Lolek

Margaux, 2016
10.2 x 9.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,071

Isabelle Healy, Confluence, Sculpture

Isabelle Healy

Confluence, 2020
31.5 x 24.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,647

Marie Palazzo, Bronze "Les Curieuses", Sculpture

Marie Palazzo

Bronze "Les Curieuses", 2020
11.8 x 5.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,794

Thierry Benenati, Taureau machine, Sculpture

Thierry Benenati

Taureau machine, 2018
19.7 x 26.8 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

$69,560

Pierre Kroll, Le Roi Albert II, Sculpture

Pierre Kroll

Le Roi Albert II, 2017
15.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,897

Liliane Danino, La Fissure, Sculpture

Liliane Danino

La Fissure, 2019
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Sophie Hustin, Complicité entre nous deux, Sculpture

Sophie Hustin

Complicité entre nous deux, 2018
18.9 x 13.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,415

Berit, Maman, Sculpture

Berit

Maman, 2019
30.7 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$14,418

Amedeo Modigliani, Tête de jeune femme (d'après Amedeo Modigliani), Sculpture

Amedeo Modigliani

Tête de jeune femme (d'après Amedeo Modigliani), 1990
21.3 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$15,177

Bernard Vié, Catimini, Sculpture

Bernard Vié

Catimini, 2009
24 x 14.2 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,071

Eric Chambon, Le bolero, Sculpture

Eric Chambon

Le bolero, 2015
16.5 x 5.1 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$4,427

Tegan Pick, Pomme d'Eve 3/8, Sculpture

Tegan Pick

Pomme d'Eve 3/8, 2018
3.7 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,644

Tom Merrifield, Swan Lake, Sculpture

Tom Merrifield

Swan Lake, 2013
7.9 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,796

Sophie Verger, Mon Mérens Préféré, Sculpture

Sophie Verger

Mon Mérens Préféré, 2020
10.2 x 15.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

Wang Keping, Couple, Sculpture

Wang Keping

Couple, 2007
15.7 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$96,120

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

Untitled (Diana), 2016
9.8 x 14.2 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,324

Eva Roucka, Amoureux, Sculpture

Eva Roucka

Amoureux, 2017
11.8 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,312

Marie Thys, Hippo, Sculpture

Marie Thys

Hippo, 2018
7.5 x 13 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Catherine Khosla, Corde à sauter, Sculpture

Catherine Khosla

Corde à sauter, 2019
10.2 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,972

Louis Perrin, 2 Zeps ensemble, Sculpture

Louis Perrin

2 Zeps ensemble, 2007
7.5 x 4.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,075

Brijite Bey, Femme Himba, Sculpture

Brijite Bey

Femme Himba, 2011
21.7 x 11.4 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$22,133

Sacha Sosno, Sans titre, Sculpture

Sacha Sosno

Sans titre, 1983
12.6 x 11.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$14,544

Pawel Orlowski, Veni, Vidi, vici. A horse and a Rider, Sculpture

Pawel Orlowski

Veni, Vidi, vici. A horse and a Rider, 2019
13.4 x 14.2 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,427

Manoyan, L'insolente, Sculpture

Manoyan

L'insolente, 2020
11.4 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,733

Maïté Martinez, Oeuf-coq, Sculpture

Maïté Martinez

Oeuf-coq, 2019
10.2 x 4.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$8,221

Boureima Ouedraogo, Sans titre 4, Sculpture

Boureima Ouedraogo

Sans titre 4, 2020
39.8 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$696

Agnès Aubert, Chevaux II, Sculpture

Agnès Aubert

Chevaux II, 2016
14.2 x 15.4 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$15,177

Daniel Favre, Maîtresse et enfants, Sculpture

Daniel Favre

Maîtresse et enfants, 2015
18.9 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,798

Véronique Vigneron, L'enfant intérieur, Sculpture

Véronique Vigneron

L'enfant intérieur, 2019
18.9 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$12,647

Françoise Baron, Femme assise, Sculpture

Françoise Baron

Femme assise, 2015
12.6 x 9.1 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,944

Béatrice Cols, Tout Doux, Sculpture

Béatrice Cols

Tout Doux, 2017
17.3 x 15.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,502

Jacques Darbaud, Nuer, Sculpture

Jacques Darbaud

Nuer, 2012
16.5 x 6.3 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Our recommendations Serge Benoit, Sans titre, Sculpture

Serge Benoit

Sans titre, 1986
17.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,047

Antonio Giancaterino, Arabesque. Ballerina, Sculpture

Antonio Giancaterino

Arabesque. Ballerina, 2017
19.3 x 15.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,932

Mélanie Quentin, Embrasement, Sculpture

Mélanie Quentin

Embrasement, 2010
63 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$18,971

Marc Sparza, Les fleurs du bal, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Les fleurs du bal, 2021
14.2 x 18.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,138

Anne-K Imbert, L'envol, Sculpture

Anne-K Imbert

L'envol, 2019
17.7 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,529

Marie Saksik, Mademoiselle Chang, Sculpture

Marie Saksik

Mademoiselle Chang, 2017
13.8 x 7.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,588

Javier de la Rosa, Dardos blue, Sculpture

Javier de la Rosa

Dardos blue, 2018
7.9 x 47.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,944

Vassil, Arak, Sculpture

Vassil

Arak, 2012
10.6 x 14.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,932

Valem, Mon chien, Sculpture

Valem

Mon chien, 2018
11 x 12.6 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

Madeleine Van der Knoop, Chouette assise, Sculpture

Madeleine Van der Knoop

Chouette assise, 2010
10.6 x 9.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,932

Laura Figueroa, Paris, Sculpture

Laura Figueroa

Paris, 2017
13.4 x 14.2 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$10,750

Catherine Villa, Forme Humaine n°1, Sculpture

Catherine Villa

Forme Humaine n°1, 2021
15.7 x 4.1 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,024

Jean Lemonnier, Tango Royal, Sculpture

Jean Lemonnier

Tango Royal, 2014
19.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$15,809

Godratollah Agheli, Venus sur la terre de la Passion N° 1029, Sculpture

Godratollah Agheli

Venus sur la terre de la Passion N° 1029, 2018
16.5 x 13.4 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,427

Sabine De Courtilles, Femme aux Papillons , Sculpture

Sabine De Courtilles

Femme aux Papillons , 2010
21.7 x 5.9 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,335

Claude Viseux, Pénétration, Sculpture

Claude Viseux

Pénétration, 2006
11.8 x 11.8 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Bernard et Arnaud Bessoud, Buffle, Sculpture

Bernard et Arnaud Bessoud

Buffle, 2010
18.5 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$37,942

Dominique Friedrich, Ensemble, Sculpture

Dominique Friedrich

Ensemble, 2016
4.7 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$569

Christophe Rouleaud, Icare, Sculpture

Christophe Rouleaud

Icare, 2018
29.5 x 12.6 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,794

François Cacheux, La grande matinée, Sculpture

François Cacheux

La grande matinée, 1980
50.4 x 30.3 x 29.5 inch
Sculpture

$113,826

Philippe Berry, L'Eléphant & son Ballon Rouge, Sculpture

Philippe Berry

L'Eléphant & son Ballon Rouge, 2015
31.5 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

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