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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.

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Gediminas Endriekus, Witch Horse, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Witch Horse, 2018
6.3 x 2.8 x 9.1 inch


JP Duray, Saging Lang Ang May Puso (Lechon 1), Sculpture

JP Duray

Saging Lang Ang May Puso (Lechon 1), 2020
20 x 9 x 5 inch


Our recommendations Salvador Dali, Profil du temps, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Profil du temps, 1984
20.1 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch


Stoz, Stozland© the wild dog, Sculpture


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


Wabé, Les trésors d'Agathe, Sculpture


Les trésors d'Agathe, 2019
9.4 x 11.4 x 5.1 inch


Sandro Chia, Angel with Heart, Sculpture

Sandro Chia

Angel with Heart, 1980
22.5 x 10 x 6.5 inch


Isabelle Jeandot, Le temple, Sculpture

Isabelle Jeandot

Le temple, 2020
18.1 x 18.1 x 5.5 inch


Crixo Aponte, Cicely, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Cicely, 2020
98.4 x 81.5 x 74.8 inch


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


Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Aurelija Simkute, Little Pebble, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Little Pebble, 2019
7.1 x 4.9 x 3.5 inch


Jean Mayodon, Vase cylindrique, Sculpture

Jean Mayodon

Vase cylindrique, 1940
7.5 x 5.7 x 5.7 inch


Eric Chambon, Le désespoir du minotaure, Sculpture

Eric Chambon

Le désespoir du minotaure, 2010
7.9 x 6.7 x 5.1 inch


Art Vladi, Love City Dog, Sculpture

Art Vladi

Love City Dog, 2021
13 x 8.3 x 5.9 inch


Leo Factory, RX35G, Sculpture

Leo Factory

RX35G, 2016
17.3 x 10.2 x 8.7 inch


Denis Oudet, Petit point d'interrogation, Sculpture

Denis Oudet

Petit point d'interrogation, 2012
10.6 x 4.9 x 3.3 inch


Yazz, Cynik, Sculpture


Cynik, 2017
18.5 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch


Jacek Cholewa, Thinking Man, Sculpture

Jacek Cholewa

Thinking Man, 2020
5.3 x 3.5 x 2.8 inch


Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

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


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


Eric Liot, L'aile, Sculpture

Eric Liot

L'aile, 2020
73.6 x 66.9 x 39.4 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Patopalomo, PeZ, Sculpture


PeZ, 2019
20.5 x 33.1 x 0.8 inch


Aramis Justiz, The inevitable lightness of not wanting to be, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

The inevitable lightness of not wanting to be, 2020
11.8 x 11 x 7.9 inch


Roxana y Jesus Hernandez, Nahual Zapoteco - Zapotec Nahual - Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Roxana y Jesus Hernandez

Nahual Zapoteco - Zapotec Nahual - Mexican Folk Art, 2020
16 x 18 x 9 inch


Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Tooth - white leg, Sculpture

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

Tooth - white leg, 2021
7.1 x 4.3 x 3.5 inch


Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Lady, Sculpture

Lina Shein

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


Perrotte, Tororeador blanc nacré, Sculpture


Tororeador blanc nacré, 2020
51.6 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch


NeMo, Lock Down Unit, Sculpture


Lock Down Unit, 2021
10.6 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch


César Orrico, Fauno I, Sculpture

César Orrico

Fauno I, 2017
11.8 x 7.1 x 3.9 inch


Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo, Catrina lista para la Fiesta / Mexican Folk Art Sculpture Featherwork and Ceramics, Sculpture

Jessica Yazmin Fuerte Alejo

Catrina lista para la Fiesta / Mexican Folk Art Sculpture Featherwork and Ceramics, 2017
19.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch


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


Laurent Lamarche, Nautilus, Sculpture

Laurent Lamarche

Nautilus, 2016
10.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch


Jinqing Chen, Apple Three, Sculpture

Jinqing Chen

Apple Three, 2018
31.1 x 20.9 x 15.7 inch


Omar Fabian Canseco, Dragon / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Omar Fabian Canseco

Dragon / Ceramics Black Clay Mexican Folk Art, 2017
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Marco y Moises Ruiz Sosa, Nahual / Vegetable Fibers Mexican Folk Art Corn Leaf Sculpture, Sculpture

Marco y Moises Ruiz Sosa

Nahual / Vegetable Fibers Mexican Folk Art Corn Leaf Sculpture, 2017
17.7 x 23.6 x 7.9 inch


Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

Les cinoques 8, 2020
20.1 x 10.2 x 9.4 inch


Pino Deodato, Isolato (isolated), Sculpture

Pino Deodato

Isolato (isolated), 2020
5.1 x 7.5 x 2 inch


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


Volkan Aslan, Fragile series, Sculpture

Volkan Aslan

Fragile series, 2016
7.9 x 3.1 x 2 inch


Meliton Zeferino Acevedo, La Rueda de la Fortuna / Woodcarving Lacquer Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Meliton Zeferino Acevedo

La Rueda de la Fortuna / Woodcarving Lacquer Mexican Folk Art, 2017
23.6 x 23.6 x 13.8 inch


Martin, Gerardo & Juan Carlos Salgado Castrejon, Colección de Mascaras / Michoacan, Sculpture

Martin, Gerardo & Juan Carlos Salgado Castrejon

Colección de Mascaras / Michoacan, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 2 inch


Francisco Martinez Espinoza, El Avion de Guerrero / Woodcarving Lacquer Mexican Folk Art, Sculpture

Francisco Martinez Espinoza

El Avion de Guerrero / Woodcarving Lacquer Mexican Folk Art, 2017
14.2 x 23.6 x 20.5 inch


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


Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch


Primal, Le fugitif, Sculpture


Le fugitif, 2020
47.2 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Véronique Vigneron, L'Universel, Sculpture

Véronique Vigneron

L'Universel, 2018
7.9 x 5.5 x 3.5 inch


Hamid Reza Fotouhi, From the collection : Around about n°1030, Sculpture

Hamid Reza Fotouhi

From the collection : Around about n°1030, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 18.9 inch


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


Myriam Sitbon, Arbre de vie, Sculpture

Myriam Sitbon

Arbre de vie, 2020
12.2 x 8.3 x 1.2 inch


Qiongfei Zhang, Mao guidant le peuple, Sculpture

Qiongfei Zhang

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


Jung-yong Park, La victoire, Sculpture

Jung-yong Park

La victoire, 2020
10.4 x 3.7 x 3.1 inch


Moreking, OOLL (Pink version), Sculpture


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


Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

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


Dominique Mathieu, Centaure, Sculpture

Dominique Mathieu

Centaure, 2020
27.6 x 5.9 x 9.8 inch


Jafet Blanch, Unicornio, Sculpture

Jafet Blanch

Unicornio, 2017
13 x 5.9 x 9.1 inch


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


Thierry Van Quickenborne, L'énigme, Sculpture

Thierry Van Quickenborne

L'énigme, 2017
23.4 x 31.7 x 0.4 inch


Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture


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


Spas Kirichev, Mythological composition, Sculpture

Spas Kirichev

Mythological composition, 2020
11.4 x 12.6 x 5.1 inch


François Piquet, You & Me, Sculpture

François Piquet

You & Me, 2019
47.2 x 106.3 x 59.1 inch


Stasys Zirgulis, Pegasus, Sculpture

Stasys Zirgulis

Pegasus, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Laddie John Dill, Untitled, Sculpture

Laddie John Dill

Untitled, 1976
24 x 32 x 2 inch


Yannis Lagresle, Le bateau, Sculpture

Yannis Lagresle

Le bateau, 2020
12.6 x 3.5 x 17.7 inch


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