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Conceptual Sculpture

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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Poonam Choudhary, Vase, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Vase, 2021
18 x 9 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$1,400

Rémy Aillaud, Louis, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Louis, 2018
43.3 x 23.6 x 18.5 inch
Sculpture

$18,818

Luca Izzo, Eternal Becoming, Sculpture

Luca Izzo

Eternal Becoming, 2020
11.8 x 9.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Oshi Rabin, Thoughts in Motion, Sculpture

Oshi Rabin

Thoughts in Motion, 2015
21 x 6 x 3.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,800

Marc Sparza, Contre temps, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Contre temps, 2020
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$941

Marcus Egli, Pot, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Pot, 2013
4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,004

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), Chercheuses de lumière, Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

Chercheuses de lumière, 2021
36.2 x 8.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,509

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
17.7 x 112.2 x 29.1 inch
Sculpture

$112,911

Brigitte Polémis, Heart love me, Sculpture

Brigitte Polémis

Heart love me, 2017
4.7 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$389

Bruno Mallart, Au pied de la lettre, Sculpture

Bruno Mallart

Au pied de la lettre, 2018
16.9 x 10.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Roberto Matta, Bag with Wings, Sculpture

Roberto Matta

Bag with Wings, 1971
37 x 53.9 x 25.2 inch
Sculpture

$36,382

Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Crixo Aponte, Taurus, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Taurus, 2020
51.2 x 41.3 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$25,468

Yazid Oulab, Monolithe, Sculpture

Yazid Oulab

Monolithe, 2012
80.7 x 31.5 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$43,910

Songlin Ji, Une ligne, Sculpture

Songlin Ji

Une ligne, 2019
94.5 x 63 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,409

Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Tentative de reconstruction, Sculpture

Ignasi Aballí

Tentative de reconstruction, 2018
4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Présence Panchounette, L'ancienne comédie, Sculpture

Présence Panchounette

L'ancienne comédie, 1988
42.1 x 28 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

50,000 - $ 100,000

Semion Rabinkov, Two, Sculpture

Semion Rabinkov

Two, 2014
32.7 x 10.6 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$8,531

Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch
Sculpture

$6,210

Mun-Gi Yang, Chic rocks, Sculpture

Mun-Gi Yang

Chic rocks, 2015
7.9 x 19.3 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$627

Michal Trpak, Slight Uncertainty, Sculpture

Michal Trpak

Slight Uncertainty, 2018
70.1 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$21,328

Benjamin Grivot, Crate ES 1955, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

Crate ES 1955, 2019
40.9 x 15.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,771

Christian  Renonciat, Carton déchiré en deux, Sculpture

Christian Renonciat

Carton déchiré en deux, 2018
31.5 x 80.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$21,328

Barbara Debard, Boite à Malice - La Balancoire, Sculpture

Barbara Debard

Boite à Malice - La Balancoire, 2007
18.5 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,255

Jean-Pierre Umbdenstock, Galet Gayatri Mantra-Ganesh 'Galet Hindi II', Sculpture

Jean-Pierre Umbdenstock

Galet Gayatri Mantra-Ganesh 'Galet Hindi II', 2003
6.1 x 1.4 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$376

Fabien Chalon, L'envol, Sculpture

Fabien Chalon

L'envol, 2019
14.2 x 25.6 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,136

Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
4.7 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,450

L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture

L'Atlas

Abstraction géométrique, 2014
23.2 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,015

Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

XTC, Mc Balloon Girl, Sculpture

XTC

Mc Balloon Girl, 2021
9.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$646

Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 inch
Sculpture

$7,500

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love you more, 2018
16 x 32 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$4,015

Charly Rocks, Balloon earth, Sculpture

Charly Rocks

Balloon earth, 2020
14.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,242

Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,800

Patrick Bérubé, Tic tac, tic tac, tic tac, Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Tic tac, tic tac, tic tac, 2016
7.9 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$565

Beatrice de Domenico, Migrants, Sculpture

Beatrice de Domenico

Migrants, 2019
39.4 x 48 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Anna M. White, Dark Coral, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Dark Coral, 2019
4 x 4 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$550

Larisa Safaryan, Inside Out II - Mixed Media Sculpture with Hand Craved and Painted Egg Shells, Sculpture

Larisa Safaryan

Inside Out II - Mixed Media Sculpture with Hand Craved and Painted Egg Shells, 2018
5.5 x 3 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$1,900

Sei Shimura, Free Money, Sculpture

Sei Shimura

Free Money, 2017
24 x 48 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$7,000

Coarse, Meltdown - Ignited, Sculpture

Coarse

Meltdown - Ignited, 2019
12 x 12 x 16 inch
Sculpture

$2,000

Hayk Mnatsakanyan, Symphony of Love, Sculpture

Hayk Mnatsakanyan

Symphony of Love, 2014
13.8 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,018

Steeve Bauras, My Dears - Colours Insight, Sculpture

Steeve Bauras

My Dears - Colours Insight, 2020
43.3 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

5,000 - $ 10,000

Lionel Couvrandt, Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, Sculpture

Lionel Couvrandt

Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, 2015
5.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Martin Mc Nulty, Sans titre 1, Sculpture

Martin Mc Nulty

Sans titre 1, 2018
22.8 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Yann Paolozzi, No Voyou, Sculpture

Yann Paolozzi

No Voyou, 2017
5.9 x 21.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Marta Santos, What are we waiting for, Sculpture

Marta Santos

What are we waiting for, 2018
61.4 x 16.9 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,140

Juan Garaizabal, Second Model Memoria Urb. Málaga, Sculpture

Juan Garaizabal

Second Model Memoria Urb. Málaga, 2015
9.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,900

John Miller, Untitled (mugs), Sculpture

John Miller

Untitled (mugs), 2017
3.5 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$9,409

Our recommendations Patrice Breteau, Untitled, Sculpture

Patrice Breteau

Untitled, 1990
19.7 x 15 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$8,155

Silvano Rubino, Flavo Insulae, Monocromo con intrusione, Sculpture

Silvano Rubino

Flavo Insulae, Monocromo con intrusione, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Sergey Bondarev, Shaky Steps, Sculpture

Sergey Bondarev

Shaky Steps, 2019
15.7 x 7.9 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$12,420

Jean-Louis Bernard, Fétiche pour savoir reconnaître une parole inutile, Sculpture

Jean-Louis Bernard

Fétiche pour savoir reconnaître une parole inutile, 2015
25.2 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,568

Brankica Zilovic, New scalp 01, Sculpture

Brankica Zilovic

New scalp 01, 2014
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,882

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
25.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,756

Andrew Ryder, Sharha, Sculpture

Andrew Ryder

Sharha, 2016
16.9 x 22.4 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,385

Our recommendations Yoo HA SONG, Hommage à Fontana Tribute, Sculpture

Yoo HA SONG

Hommage à Fontana Tribute, 1981
21.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,956

Arden Scott, Red boat, Sculpture

Arden Scott

Red boat, 1993
8.7 x 13.4 x 52.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,147

Stasys Zirgulis, Pegasus, Sculpture

Stasys Zirgulis

Pegasus, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$15,055

Louis Sclafani, Amber Red Bottle, Sculpture

Louis Sclafani

Amber Red Bottle, 1990
29 x 10 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Clément Cauvet, Lampe numéro1- Le poids global, Sculpture

Clément Cauvet

Lampe numéro1- Le poids global, 2020
22.6 x 3.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$627

Raul Lopez, Viejito Danzando / Mexican Folk Art Carton Sculpture, Sculpture

Raul Lopez

Viejito Danzando / Mexican Folk Art Carton Sculpture, 2017
16.9 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$350

Sebastiaan Straatsma, Résistance, Sculpture

Sebastiaan Straatsma

Résistance, 2016
21.7 x 13 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$8,531

Robert Lagob, LoubouFish, Sculpture

Robert Lagob

LoubouFish, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

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