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Fantastical 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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Eric Liot, L'aile, Sculpture

Eric Liot

L'aile, 2020
73.6 x 66.9 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

25,000 - $ 50,000

Alquimiamc, Interconnexion, Sculpture

Alquimiamc

Interconnexion, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Aurelija Simkute, Alone, Bronze Sculpture, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Alone, Bronze Sculpture, 2017
18.9 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,561

Pimax, Giant Nourf, Sculpture

Pimax

Giant Nourf, 2019
57.1 x 29.5 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$12,435

Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984
20.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$45,671

Georges Saulterre, N°1436, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1436, 2018
47.2 x 5.5 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,841

Normando Lobo de Sousa, Saint-Michel terrassant le Dragon, Sculpture

Normando Lobo de Sousa

Saint-Michel terrassant le Dragon, 2000
8.9 x 4.1 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$628

Moreking, OOLL (Pink version), Sculpture

Moreking

OOLL (Pink version), 2021
11.8 x 6.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$842

Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

Muse of the Music, 1980
9.4 x 2.3 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$6,908

Isabelle Jeandot, Le guerrier pacifique, Sculpture

Isabelle Jeandot

Le guerrier pacifique, 2010
15.4 x 13.8 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$15,387

Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,768

Crixo Aponte, Taurus, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Taurus, 2020
51.2 x 41.3 x 70.9 inch
Sculpture

$25,498

Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch
Sculpture

$6,218

Jean Mayodon, Vase cylindrique, Sculpture

Jean Mayodon

Vase cylindrique, 1940
7.5 x 5.7 x 5.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,517

Perrotte, Tororeador blanc nacré, Sculpture

Perrotte

Tororeador blanc nacré, 2020
51.6 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$16,957

Emä Léonie, Vénus, série 2, Sculpture

Emä Léonie

Vénus, série 2, 2020
14.2 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,010

Leo Factory, RX20N, Sculpture

Leo Factory

RX20N, 2021
24.4 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Martin Whatson, Eternal Reflection (Green), Sculpture

Martin Whatson

Eternal Reflection (Green), 2016
11.8 x 8.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Guy Ghazanchyan, The Nest, Sculpture

Guy Ghazanchyan

The Nest, 2020
24.4 x 20.9 x 19.3 inch
Sculpture

$13,032 $15,701

Jafet Blanch, Unicornio, Sculpture

Jafet Blanch

Unicornio, 2017
13 x 5.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,763

Thierry Van Quickenborne, L'énigme, Sculpture

Thierry Van Quickenborne

L'énigme, 2017
23.4 x 31.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,657

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

$1,633

Qiongfei Zhang, Mao guidant le peuple, Sculpture

Qiongfei Zhang

Mao guidant le peuple, 2019
78.7 x 90.6 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$100,486

Yazz, Cynik, Sculpture

Yazz

Cynik, 2017
18.5 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$528

Raluca Arnautu, Invasion in Grass, Sculpture

Raluca Arnautu

Invasion in Grass, 2015
17.7 x 17.7 x 12.4 inch
Sculpture

$628

Michel Soubeyrand, I love you to death, Sculpture

Michel Soubeyrand

I love you to death, 2017
11.8 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture

Tang

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

$314

Brandon Vickerd, Atlas, Sculpture

Brandon Vickerd

Atlas, 2019
90 x 34 x 38 inch
Sculpture

$26,378

Angelo Canevari, Saint George and the Dragon, Sculpture

Angelo Canevari

Saint George and the Dragon, 2003
38 x 47 x 20 inch
Sculpture

$22,000

Pierre David, L'esprit de la forêt - série arbre imaginaire, Sculpture

Pierre David

L'esprit de la forêt - série arbre imaginaire, 2020
13.8 x 11.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$703

Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Lady, Sculpture

Lina Shein

A Little Mouse Lady, 2021
7.5 x 3.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$742

Davide Galbiati, Into the grey wide open, Sculpture

Davide Galbiati

Into the grey wide open, 2019
10.2 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Eligriv Tempfoli, Lien I, Sculpture

Eligriv Tempfoli

Lien I, 2014
65 x 31.5 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,913

Delfina Reis Renck, Sirène dada, Sculpture

Delfina Reis Renck

Sirène dada, 2010
11.8 x 5.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$188

Jinqing Chen, Apple Three, Sculpture

Jinqing Chen

Apple Three, 2018
31.1 x 20.9 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,000

Mark Brusse, Moving, Sculpture

Mark Brusse

Moving, 2014
16.9 x 15 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$15,073

Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,894

Dominique Mathieu, Centaure, Sculpture

Dominique Mathieu

Centaure, 2020
27.6 x 5.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,889

Nora Blazeviciute, Bird with golden egg, Sculpture

Nora Blazeviciute

Bird with golden egg, 2020
10.2 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$615

Yannis Lagresle, Le bateau, Sculpture

Yannis Lagresle

Le bateau, 2020
12.6 x 3.5 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,713

Our recommendations Pino Deodato, Pensierini domestici, Sculpture

Pino Deodato

Pensierini domestici, 2017
9.4 x 7.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Arnie Lebenson, Der Golem, Sculpture

Arnie Lebenson

Der Golem, 2018
25.6 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$12,561

Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Angel, Sculpture

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

Angel, 2020
7.5 x 5.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$239

Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante, Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, Sculpture

Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante

Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, 2014
13.4 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$680

Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

Sculpture No.4, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Alvaro de la Cruz Lopez, Catrina en Día de Muertos - Ceramic Sculpture - Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Alvaro de la Cruz Lopez

Catrina en Día de Muertos - Ceramic Sculpture - Mexican Folk Art, 2018
26 x 8 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$600

François Piquet, You & Me, Sculpture

François Piquet

You & Me, 2019
47.2 x 106.3 x 59.1 inch
Sculpture

$81,645

Stasys Zirgulis, Pegasus, Sculpture

Stasys Zirgulis

Pegasus, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$15,073

Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

Les cinoques 8, 2020
20.1 x 10.2 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,633

Florence Jarrige, Fragment d'aile, Sculpture

Florence Jarrige

Fragment d'aile, 2020
7.9 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,652

Hamid Reza Fotouhi, From the collection : Around about n°1219, Sculpture

Hamid Reza Fotouhi

From the collection : Around about n°1219, 2019
21.7 x 13 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

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

$4,396

Jung-yong Park, La victoire, Sculpture

Jung-yong Park

La victoire, 2020
10.4 x 3.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$754

Intan Kwak, Paroxysm, Sculpture

Intan Kwak

Paroxysm, 2020
28.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,710

Spas Kirichev, Mythological composition, Sculpture

Spas Kirichev

Mythological composition, 2020
11.4 x 12.6 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,203

Tomas Dauksa, Unexpected encounter, Sculpture

Tomas Dauksa

Unexpected encounter, 2019
18.5 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Massimo Lunardon, Blu Standing Alien - H 80, Sculpture

Massimo Lunardon

Blu Standing Alien - H 80, 2020
31.5 x 9.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$10,049

Andriy Petrovskyy, Angels, Sculpture

Andriy Petrovskyy

Angels, 2019
19.7 x 5.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$754

SHIM SANG OK, Sirène / Siren, Sculpture

SHIM SANG OK

Sirène / Siren, 1982
15.4 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,474

Carlomagno Pedro Martinez, El Sueño de los Amantes / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Carlomagno Pedro Martinez

El Sueño de los Amantes / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, 2017
11.8 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Stoz, Stozland© the wild dog, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© the wild dog, 2021
9.1 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$452 $502

Eric Liot, Tempête et confinement, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Tempête et confinement, 2020
84.6 x 27.6 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$100,486

Yazz, Mon con finement occupé 1, Sculpture

Yazz

Mon con finement occupé 1, 2020
5.5 x 5.5 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$565

Yazz, A., Sculpture

Yazz

A., 2021
18.5 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

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