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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


Rémy Aillaud, Louis, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Louis, 2018
43.3 x 23.6 x 18.5 inch


Luca Izzo, Eternal Becoming, Sculpture

Luca Izzo

Eternal Becoming, 2020
11.8 x 9.8 x 13.8 inch


Oshi Rabin, Thoughts in Motion, Sculpture

Oshi Rabin

Thoughts in Motion, 2015
21 x 6 x 3.3 inch


Marc Sparza, Contre temps, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Contre temps, 2020
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


Marcus Egli, Pot, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Pot, 2013
4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


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


Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch


Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
17.7 x 112.2 x 29.1 inch


Brigitte Polémis, Heart love me, Sculpture

Brigitte Polémis

Heart love me, 2017
4.7 x 5.5 x 2 inch


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


Roberto Matta, Bag with Wings, Sculpture

Roberto Matta

Bag with Wings, 1971
37 x 53.9 x 25.2 inch


Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


Crixo Aponte, Taurus, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Taurus, 2020
51.2 x 41.3 x 70.9 inch


Yazid Oulab, Monolithe, Sculpture

Yazid Oulab

Monolithe, 2012
80.7 x 31.5 x 19.7 inch


Songlin Ji, Une ligne, Sculpture

Songlin Ji

Une ligne, 2019
94.5 x 63 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Tentative de reconstruction, Sculpture

Ignasi Aballí

Tentative de reconstruction, 2018
4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Présence Panchounette, L'ancienne comédie, Sculpture

Présence Panchounette

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

50,000 - $ 100,000

Semion Rabinkov, Two, Sculpture

Semion Rabinkov

Two, 2014
32.7 x 10.6 x 5.1 inch


Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch


Mun-Gi Yang, Chic rocks, Sculpture

Mun-Gi Yang

Chic rocks, 2015
7.9 x 19.3 x 5.9 inch


Michal Trpak, Slight Uncertainty, Sculpture

Michal Trpak

Slight Uncertainty, 2018
70.1 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Benjamin Grivot, Crate ES 1955, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

Crate ES 1955, 2019
40.9 x 15.7 x 4.3 inch


Christian  Renonciat, Carton déchiré en deux, Sculpture

Christian Renonciat

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


Barbara Debard, Boite à Malice - La Balancoire, Sculpture

Barbara Debard

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


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


Fabien Chalon, L'envol, Sculpture

Fabien Chalon

L'envol, 2019
14.2 x 25.6 x 9.4 inch


Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
4.7 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch


L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture


Abstraction géométrique, 2014
23.2 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch


Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch


XTC, Mc Balloon Girl, Sculpture


Mc Balloon Girl, 2021
9.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch


Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 inch


Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love you more, 2018
16 x 32 x 3 inch


Charly Rocks, Balloon earth, Sculpture

Charly Rocks

Balloon earth, 2020
14.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch


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


Beatrice de Domenico, Migrants, Sculpture

Beatrice de Domenico

Migrants, 2019
39.4 x 48 x 3.9 inch


Anna M. White, Dark Coral, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Dark Coral, 2019
4 x 4 x 4 inch


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


Sei Shimura, Free Money, Sculpture

Sei Shimura

Free Money, 2017
24 x 48 x 4 inch


Coarse, Meltdown - Ignited, Sculpture


Meltdown - Ignited, 2019
12 x 12 x 16 inch


Hayk Mnatsakanyan, Symphony of Love, Sculpture

Hayk Mnatsakanyan

Symphony of Love, 2014
13.8 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch


Steeve Bauras, My Dears - Colours Insight, Sculpture

Steeve Bauras

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

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


Martin Mc Nulty, Sans titre 1, Sculpture

Martin Mc Nulty

Sans titre 1, 2018
22.8 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch


Yann Paolozzi, No Voyou, Sculpture

Yann Paolozzi

No Voyou, 2017
5.9 x 21.7 x 2.8 inch


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


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


John Miller, Untitled (mugs), Sculpture

John Miller

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


Our recommendations Patrice Breteau, Untitled, Sculpture

Patrice Breteau

Untitled, 1990
19.7 x 15 x 15 inch


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


Sergey Bondarev, Shaky Steps, Sculpture

Sergey Bondarev

Shaky Steps, 2019
15.7 x 7.9 x 6.3 inch


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


Brankica Zilovic, New scalp 01, Sculpture

Brankica Zilovic

New scalp 01, 2014
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
25.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch


Andrew Ryder, Sharha, Sculpture

Andrew Ryder

Sharha, 2016
16.9 x 22.4 x 20.9 inch


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


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


Arden Scott, Red boat, Sculpture

Arden Scott

Red boat, 1993
8.7 x 13.4 x 52.4 inch


Stasys Zirgulis, Pegasus, Sculpture

Stasys Zirgulis

Pegasus, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Louis Sclafani, Amber Red Bottle, Sculpture

Louis Sclafani

Amber Red Bottle, 1990
29 x 10 x 5 inch


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


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


Sebastiaan Straatsma, Résistance, Sculpture

Sebastiaan Straatsma

Résistance, 2016
21.7 x 13 x 13 inch


Robert Lagob, LoubouFish, Sculpture

Robert Lagob

LoubouFish, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 4.7 inch


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