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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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Christophe Charbonnel, Masque de poséidon monumental, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Masque de poséidon monumental, 2019
94.9 x 29.5 x 17.7 inch


Philippe Buil, Une larme 47-21, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Une larme 47-21, 2021
13 x 9.4 x 3.9 inch


Vincent Sabatier, Ambre III, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Ambre III, 2021
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch


Kaï Aspire, Balancing Act Toy, Sculpture

Kaï Aspire

Balancing Act Toy, 2020
17 x 12 x 8 inch


Paul Natter, Hippocampe, Sculpture

Paul Natter

Hippocampe, 2021
14.2 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch


Larisa Safaryan, Perfect Void, Sculpture

Larisa Safaryan

Perfect Void, 2019
6.5 x 1 x 1.5 inch


Yasmin Alt, Profile Fragment, Sculpture

Yasmin Alt

Profile Fragment, 2017
27.6 x 24 x 37.4 inch


Jeremy Vatutin, Parallèle 2, Sculpture

Jeremy Vatutin

Parallèle 2, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1 inch


Carlos Purroy, Cold Ice, Sculpture

Carlos Purroy

Cold Ice, 2012
30.3 x 22 x 13.4 inch

$10,333 $14,155

Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

Les cinoques 8, 2020
20.1 x 10.2 x 9.4 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch


Philippe  Hiquily, La Grande Galipette, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

La Grande Galipette, 1988
66.9 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Nasti, Impression 3D, Sculpture


Impression 3D, 2020
10.6 x 8.7 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Compression après la fête, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression après la fête, 1974
2.2 x 0.7 x 0.8 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


Julio Le Parc, Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, 2017
31.5 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch


Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2020
13.4 x 5.1 x 8.7 inch


Catherine de Kerhor, Papa ours, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Papa ours, 2019
9.8 x 7.9 x 9.4 inch


Alberto Ascaso, La chica del norte 4/8, Sculpture

Alberto Ascaso

La chica del norte 4/8, 2012
35.4 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch


Carlos Garcia Noriega Bueno, Alma Dura II, Sculpture

Carlos Garcia Noriega Bueno

Alma Dura II, 2017
47.2 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Grégoire Lavigne, Abri 4, Sculpture

Grégoire Lavigne

Abri 4, 2019
8.7 x 6.7 x 2.8 inch


Yann-Eric Eichenberger, Aneta, Sculpture

Yann-Eric Eichenberger

Aneta, 2017
82.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Alain Gilier, Bouquetin, Sculpture

Alain Gilier

Bouquetin, 2016
33.9 x 17.7 x 15.4 inch


Ivan Theimer, L'enfant, bronze surmonté de 60 bagues Senoufo, Sculpture

Ivan Theimer

L'enfant, bronze surmonté de 60 bagues Senoufo, 1995
12.2 x 11.8 x 12.2 inch


Palolo Valdes, Horse 1/4, Sculpture

Palolo Valdes

Horse 1/4, 2016
13.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 inch


Thierry Mesquita, Accacia 1, Sculpture

Thierry Mesquita

Accacia 1, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 2.4 inch


Hosup Hwang, Tête de Bouddha, Sculpture

Hosup Hwang

Tête de Bouddha, 2010
33.5 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch


Roger Capron, Vallauris, Sculpture

Roger Capron

Vallauris, 2020
11.4 x 7.9 x 11.4 inch


Reinhoud d'Haese, Éminense grise, Morville, Sculpture

Reinhoud d'Haese

Éminense grise, Morville, 1990
52.8 x 56.7 x 31.5 inch


Matei Negreanu, Sculpture, Sculpture

Matei Negreanu

Sculpture, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch


Dani Olivier, Eiffel Tower, Sculpture

Dani Olivier

Eiffel Tower, 2020
39.4 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch


Hussein Madi, Untitled, Sculpture

Hussein Madi

Untitled, 2013
15.4 x 10.6 x 8.3 inch


Antonio Signorini, Sun, Sculpture

Antonio Signorini

Sun, 2018
39.4 x 53.1 x 15.7 inch


Roman Shustrov, Bandonéoniste, Sculpture

Roman Shustrov

Bandonéoniste, 2016
26 x 9.8 x 7.5 inch


Françoise Carrasco, Dans les bois - n°3/8, Sculpture

Françoise Carrasco

Dans les bois - n°3/8, 2004
16.1 x 11.8 x 3.5 inch


Jephan de Villiers, L'ange et l'ours, Sculpture

Jephan de Villiers

L'ange et l'ours, 2018
18.9 x 16.9 x 9.8 inch


Marina García Burgos, Mercado central, Sculpture

Marina García Burgos

Mercado central, 2018
9.8 x 11 x 8.3 inch


Papaz, Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, Sculpture


Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, 2020
14.2 x 31.1 x 0.1 inch


Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch


Pierre Kroll, Le Roi Albert II, Sculpture

Pierre Kroll

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


Ryan Kelley, Solemn, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Solemn, 2019
18 x 9 x 8 inch


Robert Indiana, 2000, Sculpture

Robert Indiana

2000, 1999
8.2 x 8.2 x 3.75 inch


Di Lorenzo, Art Burger Mac Vuitton Or, Sculpture

Di Lorenzo

Art Burger Mac Vuitton Or, 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Ann Vrielinck, Arrange, Sculpture

Ann Vrielinck

Arrange, 2013
27.2 x 86.6 x 27.6 inch


Cade, Lion, Sculpture


Lion, 2019
4.7 x 3.3 x 1.4 inch


Yarps, Steve Jobs, Sculpture


Steve Jobs, 2017
4.7 x 7.1 x 1.2 inch


Chavé, Jules, Sculpture


Jules, 2017
7.9 x 5.5 x 2.8 inch


Véronique Ball, Akem, Sculpture

Véronique Ball

Akem, 2012
26.4 x 15 x 7.9 inch


Frédéric Avella, Legoldo, Sculpture

Frédéric Avella

Legoldo, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch


Quentin DMR, Casse tête, Sculpture

Quentin DMR

Casse tête, 2020
70.9 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Thierry Van Quickenborne, L'énigme, Sculpture

Thierry Van Quickenborne

L'énigme, 2017
23.4 x 31.7 x 0.4 inch


Laurence Pubert, Décalage - série Rugby, Sculpture

Laurence Pubert

Décalage - série Rugby, 2019
13.8 x 5.9 x 4.7 inch


Herrel, Graine 31, Sculpture


Graine 31, 2020
18.5 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Bill Starke, Polesitter: Balance Series, Sculpture

Bill Starke

Polesitter: Balance Series, 2011
28 x 4 x 2 inch

< $ 2,500

Tim Rawlins, Dentinel, Sculpture

Tim Rawlins

Dentinel, 2018
8.7 x 4.7 x 1.2 inch


Sophie Larroche, Tête blanche, Sculpture

Sophie Larroche

Tête blanche, 2019
12.6 x 20.5 x 5.5 inch


Alexander Sviyazov, Schoolchild, Sculpture

Alexander Sviyazov

Schoolchild, 2010
12 x 7.1 x 4.9 inch


Rob Burman, An Inkling to Dive, Sculpture

Rob Burman

An Inkling to Dive, 2020
9 x 9 x 2 inch

< $ 2,500

Frob, Skullman, Sculpture


Skullman, 2019
5.5 x 3.9 x 2.8 inch


Catherine Khosla, Corde à sauter, Sculpture

Catherine Khosla

Corde à sauter, 2019
10.2 x 7.1 x 7.9 inch


Josep Escarrant, Burrocrata, Sculpture

Josep Escarrant

Burrocrata, 2019
18.5 x 6.3 x 3.9 inch


Millan Garayalde, La Tour de Babel, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

La Tour de Babel, 2017
15 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch


Sandro Chia, Angel with Heart, Sculpture

Sandro Chia

Angel with Heart, 1980
22.5 x 10 x 6.5 inch


Adele Moreau, New York to Chicago - A Ride through Mexico, Sculpture

Adele Moreau

New York to Chicago - A Ride through Mexico, 2016
7.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 inch


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