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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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Luca Izzo, Eternal Becoming, Sculpture

Luca Izzo

Eternal Becoming, 2020
11.8 x 9.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Benji Pop Art, Maca-Art XL (Goût Dior), Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-Art XL (Goût Dior), 2021
2.3 x 5.7 x 5.7 inch
Sculpture

$690

KnArtwork, Wall Cans Collab n1 : Kn X Oskunk, Sculpture

KnArtwork

Wall Cans Collab n1 : Kn X Oskunk, 2021
7.3 x 2.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$627

Bruno Roudil, Anthonin, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Anthonin, 2019
6.7 x 16.9 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$401

Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Az, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Az, 2016
14.2 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
6.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$941

Pauline Couble, Strates, Sculpture

Pauline Couble

Strates, 2019
25.6 x 13.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$3,889

Vitaliy Lishko, Sculpture Peacock Dove, Sculpture

Vitaliy Lishko

Sculpture Peacock Dove, 2019
8.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
4.7 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,450

Eduardo Arroyo, Fausto, Sculpture

Eduardo Arroyo

Fausto, 1979
29.5 x 21.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$10,626

Jean Amiel, Petite souris patinée noire, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Petite souris patinée noire, 2016
3.9 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$326

Laura Soprani, Attrazione fatale, Sculpture

Laura Soprani

Attrazione fatale, 2016
86 x 35 x 35.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,000

Timothy Archer, Le deuxième Cénobite, Sculpture

Timothy Archer

Le deuxième Cénobite, 2010
9.4 x 6.3 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,133

Pietro Campagnoli, Senza Titolo #20, Sculpture

Pietro Campagnoli

Senza Titolo #20, 2018
82.7 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$20,000

Aurélie Charles, Acqua Minerale, Sculpture

Aurélie Charles

Acqua Minerale, 2020
12.2 x 3.5 x 1.7 inch
Sculpture

$565

Yun Sook Cha, Flower Wall, Sculpture

Yun Sook Cha

Flower Wall, 2019
48 x 72 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$62,000

Yousha Bashir, Coeur percé noir de la série 'Anti Héro', Sculpture

Yousha Bashir

Coeur percé noir de la série 'Anti Héro', 2013
5.9 x 16.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$502

Marisol Escobar, Magritte II, Sculpture

Marisol Escobar

Magritte II, 1998
67.5 x 41.4 x 32.5 inch
Sculpture

$320,000

Lauren Ike, Efflorescence 3, Sculpture

Lauren Ike

Efflorescence 3, 2014
30 x 20 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$750

Jacques Halbert, Buste de Brigitte Bardot, Sculpture

Jacques Halbert

Buste de Brigitte Bardot, 1980
12.2 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,638

Bevan Ramsay, Make a Wish, Sculpture

Bevan Ramsay

Make a Wish, 2019
67.3 x 22 x 22 inch
Sculpture

$7,026

Angélique, Prosôpon #3, Sculpture

Angélique

Prosôpon #3, 2019
8.1 x 4.9 x 2.6 inch
Sculpture

$878

Johannes Weiss, Der Blick aus der Ferne, Sculpture

Johannes Weiss

Der Blick aus der Ferne, 2016
63 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,015

Diez, Souris - 4/15, Sculpture

Diez

Souris - 4/15, 2013
6.3 x 3.9 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$88

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
15.7 x 17.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Tang, Gabbiano d'Entelli, Sculpture

Tang

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

$314

Anne-Valérie Dupond, Princess Fabric Sculpture, Sculpture

Anne-Valérie Dupond

Princess Fabric Sculpture, 2012
22 x 9.8 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,945

Rafal Piesliak, Untitled, Sculpture

Rafal Piesliak

Untitled, 2018
14.6 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$753

Volkan Aslan, Dear Ugly Future, Sculpture

Volkan Aslan

Dear Ugly Future, 2019
21.7 x 10.6 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

$7,527

India Leire, Specimen, Sculpture

India Leire

Specimen, 2010
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$690

Equipo 57, Untitled, Sculpture

Equipo 57

Untitled, 1960
13.8 x 18.9 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$138,002

Chloé Arrouy, Unknown, Sculpture

Chloé Arrouy

Unknown, 2020
98.4 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Jennifer Small, Birds of a Feather, Sculpture

Jennifer Small

Birds of a Feather, 2017
22.8 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,764

Jean-Robert Drouillard, Mon mammifère préféré (coyote), Sculpture

Jean-Robert Drouillard

Mon mammifère préféré (coyote), 2017
55.1 x 16.9 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Aurore Thibout, Ophélie, Sculpture

Aurore Thibout

Ophélie, 2003
43.3 x 19.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Laetitia Allal, Marié, Sculpture

Laetitia Allal

Marié, 2019
22.4 x 7.9 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Lucas Bernardeschi, Le guerrier, Sculpture

Lucas Bernardeschi

Le guerrier, 2018
35.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,642

Noel Lemaire, Mon chat à moi, Sculpture

Noel Lemaire

Mon chat à moi, 2021
9.8 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$314

Sylvie Cliche, Les cinoques 8, Sculpture

Sylvie Cliche

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

$1,631

Élisa Fantozzi, Miss Angel, Sculpture

Élisa Fantozzi

Miss Angel, 2002
8.7 x 3.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Samuel Salcedo, Polar Bear, Sculpture

Samuel Salcedo

Polar Bear, 2017
24 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,786

Alegría y Piñero, Surco, Sculpture

Alegría y Piñero

Surco, 2017
23.6 x 19.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Aude Herlédan, Muse blanche, Sculpture

Aude Herlédan

Muse blanche, 2019
8.7 x 5.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,133

Gregos, Face, Sculpture

Gregos

Face, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$941

Gregos, Face, Sculpture

Gregos

Face, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$941

Gregos, Silver Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Silver Mask, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Bronze Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Bronze Mask, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Bronze Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Bronze Mask, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Campbell's soup, Sculpture

Gregos

Campbell's soup, 2017
5.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$690

Caroline Brisset, Octave (CB48), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Octave (CB48), 2018
13.4 x 5.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,255

Gregos, Silver Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Silver Mask, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Silver Mask, Sculpture

Gregos

Silver Mask, 2018
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Silver Campbell's soup, Sculpture

Gregos

Silver Campbell's soup, 2017
3.9 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$690

Gregos, Campbell's soup, Sculpture

Gregos

Campbell's soup, 2017
5.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$690

Bruno Roudil, Fred, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Fred, 2019
9.8 x 19.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$401

Bruno Roudil, Florent, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Florent, 2019
9.8 x 19.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$401

Bruno Roudil, Les têtes en l'Air, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Les têtes en l'Air, 2020
9.1 x 17.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,446

Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Laau, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Laau, 2008
16.5 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Sîrdag, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Sîrdag, 2018
11.8 x 15.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Saône De Stalh, Ligah, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Ligah, 2016
17.3 x 13.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Saône De Stalh, Nocch, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Nocch, 2016
15.4 x 12.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Spaco, Pierrot red mask, Sculpture

Spaco

Pierrot red mask, 2019
13 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$245

Saône De Stalh, Ysee, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Ysee, 2018
15.4 x 16.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Saône De Stalh, Usticane, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Usticane, 2016
12.6 x 13.8 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

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