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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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Pinkhas, Pez Gold Minnie, Sculpture


Pez Gold Minnie, 2018
39 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
50.2 x 20.5 x 20.5 inch


Astro, #2, Sculpture


#2, 2019
20.9 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch


Max Ernst, Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, Sculpture

Max Ernst

Jeu d'échecs en Or 23 carats et Argent sulfurisé 1er titre, 1965
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Andoche Praudel, La porte du ciel, Sculpture

Andoche Praudel

La porte du ciel, 2017
9.3 x 9.3 x 5.1 inch


Sylvie Groud, Ombres et lumières, Sculpture

Sylvie Groud

Ombres et lumières, 2007
3.9 x 13.4 x 9.8 inch


Cédrix Crespel, Gloss shoes, Sculpture

Cédrix Crespel

Gloss shoes, 2009
11.8 x 59.1 x 19.7 inch


Jean-Paul Carbonel, C225, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Carbonel

C225, 2009
8.9 x 8.9 x 8.9 inch


Nal-Vad, Bwa II, Sculpture


Bwa II, 2014
24.4 x 21.3 x 7.1 inch


Our recommendations Paradox Créations, Shadowy stabile estampillé PX446, Sculpture

Paradox Créations

Shadowy stabile estampillé PX446, 2014
19.7 x 27.6 x 31.5 inch


Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch


Thierry Dehais, Grand chien, Sculpture

Thierry Dehais

Grand chien, 2007
12.2 x 20.1 x 4.3 inch


Rosette Bir, Sans titre, Sculpture

Rosette Bir

Sans titre, 1980
21.3 x 10.2 x 11.4 inch


Claude Gilli, Potins, Sculpture

Claude Gilli

Potins, 2014
81.5 x 59.1 x 11.8 inch


Our recommendations Olivier Moravik, Radius, Sculpture

Olivier Moravik

Radius, 2017
16.5 x 39.4 x 15 inch


Johannes Weiss, Der Blick aus der Ferne, Sculpture

Johannes Weiss

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


Los Carpinteros, Piscina Olimpica, Sculpture

Los Carpinteros

Piscina Olimpica, 2017
35.4 x 31.5 x 65.4 inch


Laurent Lamarche, Replica Minus, Sculpture

Laurent Lamarche

Replica Minus, 2016
13.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Jessica Houston, Rock Has No Tongue, Sculpture

Jessica Houston

Rock Has No Tongue, 2017
39 x 15 x 11.5 inch


Stéphanie  Guglielmetti, Essaim n°8, Sculpture

Stéphanie Guglielmetti

Essaim n°8, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 2.4 inch


Mar Solís, Corona XVIII, Sculpture

Mar Solís

Corona XVIII, 2012
55.1 x 47.2 x 39.4 inch


Karine Payette, Unheimliche, Sculpture

Karine Payette

Unheimliche, 2016
15 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Christian Lignais, La démantibule, Sculpture

Christian Lignais

La démantibule, 2016
3.5 x 11.8 x 6.3 inch


Mark Brusse, Moving, Sculpture

Mark Brusse

Moving, 2014
16.9 x 15 x 6.7 inch


Ramón Cerezo, Vacios MPAP, Sculpture

Ramón Cerezo

Vacios MPAP, 2016
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Clémentine Chambon, Elliptic, recherche 01, Sculpture

Clémentine Chambon

Elliptic, recherche 01, 2014
15 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Manne, Console sculpturale, Sculpture


Console sculpturale, 2012
30.3 x 49.2 x 15.7 inch


Guy Lartigue, La vaginale, Sculpture

Guy Lartigue

La vaginale, 1980
55.1 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch


Gregorio Botta, Another Last Supper, Sculpture

Gregorio Botta

Another Last Supper, 2017
90.6 x 393.7 x 39.4 inch


Grigor Mitsev, Un jour parfait pour le poisson banane - A perfect day for banana fish, Sculpture

Grigor Mitsev

Un jour parfait pour le poisson banane - A perfect day for banana fish, 2016
19.3 x 7.1 x 8.7 inch


Alegría y Piñero, Surco, Sculpture

Alegría y Piñero

Surco, 2017
23.6 x 19.7 x 15.7 inch


Miguel Guía, L’évolution profonde, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

L’évolution profonde, 2019
7.7 x 12.8 x 2 inch


Arman, ”Open space” from the serie ”The day after", Sculpture


”Open space” from the serie ”The day after", 1984
71.7 x 35.4 x 18.1 inch


Stratos, Amour maternel, Sculpture


Amour maternel, 2017
27.6 x 22.8 x 7.9 inch


Stratos, Mes deux amours, Sculpture


Mes deux amours, 2020
26 x 21.3 x 8.7 inch


S2Bart, Chanel Capsule version Gold shiny, Sculpture


Chanel Capsule version Gold shiny, 2020
13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 inch


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (254), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (254), 2015
12.6 x 12.6 x 1.6 inch


Our recommendations Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans Titre Ref (247), Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans Titre Ref (247), 2015
32.7 x 15.7 x 7.5 inch


Caroline Brisset, Sur le fil III (CB52), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Sur le fil III (CB52), 2018
2.8 x 25.2 x 3.1 inch


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Let's play, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Let's play, 2016
6.3 x 3.5 x 2 inch


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Golf focusing, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Golf focusing, 2016
3.1 x 1.2 x 2 inch


Charlotte Champion, Cacatoès, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Cacatoès, 2017
69.3 x 9.8 x 11.8 inch


Artigas Planas, Small victory, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Small victory, 2020
13.4 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Artigas Planas, Small cuba mambo, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Small cuba mambo, 2019
12.6 x 9.4 x 4.3 inch


Artigas Planas, Small Odyssey, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Small Odyssey, 2019
11.4 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch


Artigas Planas, Mother, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Mother, 2017
55.5 x 11.8 x 14.6 inch


Artigas Planas, Sea front, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Sea front, 2016
44.9 x 8.3 x 16.5 inch


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Don't want to hear it, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Don't want to hear it, 2017
4.7 x 3.1 x 1.8 inch


Kazuhiko Tanaka, Get ready, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Get ready, 2017
3.1 x 1.2 x 2 inch


Artigas Planas, Small Etruscan princess, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Small Etruscan princess, 2018
7.1 x 15 x 2.8 inch


Bruno Mallart, De oca en oca, Sculpture

Bruno Mallart

De oca en oca, 2017
15 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #4.8, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #4.8, 2019
39.4 x 49.2 x 12.6 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #4.9, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #4.9, 2019
57.1 x 37.4 x 15.7 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #3.4, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #3.4, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 14.2 inch


Anita Molinero, Sans titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans titre, 2019
39.4 x 24 x 36.2 inch


Anita Molinero, Sans titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans titre, 2012
55.1 x 51.2 x 65 inch


Zed, Flexo Be Sporty 4 - GOLF Noir, Sculpture


Flexo Be Sporty 4 - GOLF Noir, 2019
16.1 x 5.9 x 4.3 inch


Rainier Lericolais, Vox Instrument, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Vox Instrument, 2017
34.3 x 18.1 x 2 inch


Landry Clément, Oracle PM (LC21), Sculpture

Landry Clément

Oracle PM (LC21), 2019
24.8 x 18.1 x 1.4 inch


Zed, Roxo aux aguets - Blanc opale, Sculpture


Roxo aux aguets - Blanc opale, 2019
7.9 x 7.1 x 8.3 inch


Landry Clément, Eye of JC II, Sculpture

Landry Clément

Eye of JC II, 2017
21.7 x 20.1 x 4.7 inch


Aldo Chaparro, Re thinking Carl Andre's Trabum, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Re thinking Carl Andre's Trabum, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch


Thierry Mesquita, Ceci n'est pas une chaise, Sculpture

Thierry Mesquita

Ceci n'est pas une chaise, 2018
33.5 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch


Grégoire Lavigne, Table 6, Sculpture

Grégoire Lavigne

Table 6, 2019
3.1 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch


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