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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Pinkhas, Pez Gold Minnie, Sculpture

Pinkhas

Pez Gold Minnie, 2018
39 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,139

Our recommendations Olivier Aubry, C19001, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19001, 2001
7.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$554

Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Tentative de reconstruction, Sculpture

Ignasi Aballí

Tentative de reconstruction, 2018
4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,154

Alain Boullet, Sans titre, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Sans titre, 1982
7.9 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,723

Fidia  Faleschetti, Apple Care (Green edition), Sculpture

Fidia Faleschetti

Apple Care (Green edition), 2017
4.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$985

Marcoville, Sirène, Sculpture

Marcoville

Sirène, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,385

Ceramic Matters, Dragon Den, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Dragon Den, 2019
26 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,216

Sylvie Groud, Ombres et lumières, Sculpture

Sylvie Groud

Ombres et lumières, 2007
3.9 x 13.4 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$492

Clémentine Bal, Petit Noîtanigami fushia 1/1, Sculpture

Clémentine Bal

Petit Noîtanigami fushia 1/1, 2014
13 x 5.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$394

Grégoire Devin, Reflection, Sculpture

Grégoire Devin

Reflection, 2020
16.9 x 13 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$4,000

Anna M. White, Dark Coral, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Dark Coral, 2019
4 x 4 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$550

Jean-François Lemaire, Du chaos à la lumière 2, Sculpture

Jean-François Lemaire

Du chaos à la lumière 2, 2019
24.8 x 6.7 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,800

Federico Osorio, Alegoria, Sculpture

Federico Osorio

Alegoria, 2010
20.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,154

Jeamin Seung, Fertile Land III, Sculpture

Jeamin Seung

Fertile Land III, 2019
16.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Emmanuele De Ruvo, Dear Kengiro, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Dear Kengiro, 2018
13.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,000

Sebastiaan Straatsma, Résistance, Sculpture

Sebastiaan Straatsma

Résistance, 2016
21.7 x 13 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$8,370

Miguel Guía, Ballon de Chien Rouge sur une Sphère de Nickel, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Ballon de Chien Rouge sur une Sphère de Nickel, 2019
9.1 x 4.7 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$763

Our recommendations Caroline Brisset, Lluvia H (CB88), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Lluvia H (CB88), 2016
22.6 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,092

Caroline Brisset, Lluvia C (CB84), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Lluvia C (CB84), 2016
24.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,339

Lis Sam, Jardin majorelle, Sculpture

Lis Sam

Jardin majorelle, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,662

Charlotte Champion, Macca, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Macca, 2017
6.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,339

Roland Masson, Jumelle I, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Jumelle I, 2018
25.2 x 9.1 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,831

Roland Masson, Ariane, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Ariane, 2019
25.6 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,939

Roland Masson, Samotrace, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Samotrace, 2016
29.1 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,831

Roland Masson, Fusion, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Fusion, 2018
15.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,708

Pablo Picasso, Woman's Head, Crowned with Flowers (Ramie 237), Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Woman's Head, Crowned with Flowers (Ramie 237), 1954
9 x 5.5 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$60,000

Pablo Picasso, Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Vase avec Decoration Pastel (Ramie 190), 1953
12.6 x 8.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$34,000

Olivier Aubry, C19002, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19002, 2001
7.1 x 3.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$554

Fanjol, Au creux de ton épaule, Sculpture

Fanjol

Au creux de ton épaule, 2018
13.8 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,416

Fanjol, L’Avenir, Sculpture

Fanjol

L’Avenir, 2017
15.7 x 5.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,662

Olivier Aubry, C19003, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19003, 2001
9.1 x 4.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$554

PyB, Frida pink sculpt, Sculpture

PyB

Frida pink sculpt, 2020
9.8 x 7.1 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$245

Astrid Dahl, Corycium, Sculpture

Astrid Dahl

Corycium, 2019
16.9 x 24.4 x 24.4 inch
Sculpture

$7,385

Adrienne Jalbert, Lacey Corset (AJ53), Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Lacey Corset (AJ53), 2015
15.4 x 14.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,847

Ceramic Matters, Bunny Park, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Bunny Park, 2019
19.7 x 13 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$2,216

Ceramic Matters, Of Mice and Men, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Of Mice and Men, 2019
23.6 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,216

Ceramic Matters, Poodle Pets, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Poodle Pets, 2019
18.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,216

Philip Hearsey, Line in the Sky, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

Line in the Sky, 2019
13.4 x 4.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,536

Philip Hearsey, A Long Way II, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

A Long Way II, 2017
11.8 x 6.9 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,811

cObo, Petrole Heart, Sculpture

cObo

Petrole Heart, 2020
10.2 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,231

cObo, Blue Heart, Sculpture

cObo

Blue Heart, 2020
10.2 x 5.9 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,231

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping BonBon Tricolors, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping BonBon Tricolors, 2017
16.5 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,616

Stan Wysocki, Dame, Sculpture

Stan Wysocki

Dame, 2011
11.8 x 3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$862

Our recommendations Laurence Jenkell, Bon Bon Black, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Bon Bon Black, 2017
16.5 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,385

Catherine Clare, Agape, Sculpture

Catherine Clare

Agape, 2018
10.2 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$739

Cleverson de Oliveira, As Marias 03, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

As Marias 03, 2019
25.6 x 11 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$431

Tal Nehoray, Contemporary Buddha head sculpture - painted in blue car paint, Sculpture

Tal Nehoray

Contemporary Buddha head sculpture - painted in blue car paint, 2019
10.2 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$923

Nouna, Sculpture "La Vie" - Rouge, Sculpture

Nouna

Sculpture "La Vie" - Rouge, 2020
39.4 x 28.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$12,062

Nouna, Sculpture "la vie" - rouge, Sculpture

Nouna

Sculpture "la vie" - rouge, 2018
19.7 x 14.2 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,908

Millan Garayalde, Donna face à la Tramontane, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

Donna face à la Tramontane, 2018
15.7 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,969

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 1996
6.1 x 15.4 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,908

Federico Osorio, Ojo en corazon, Sculpture

Federico Osorio

Ojo en corazon, 2010
38.2 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,000

Anna M. White, Ocean Tides, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Ocean Tides, 2013
13 x 9 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$4,800

Anna M. White, Lost & Found, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Lost & Found, 2019
10 x 9 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$4,500

Anna M. White, Deep Blue, Sculpture

Anna M. White

Deep Blue, 2014
14 x 8 x 8 inch
Sculpture

$4,800

Michel Narbonne, La reine Margot, Sculpture

Michel Narbonne

La reine Margot, 2011
33.5 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$462

Jin Eui Kim, OPject - Large Trapezoid Form, Sculpture

Jin Eui Kim

OPject - Large Trapezoid Form, 2018
14.8 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,594

Nouna, L'Envol, Sculpture

Nouna

L'Envol, 2010
8.7 x 9.8 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,446

Elisabeth Hervieux, Ail, Sculpture

Elisabeth Hervieux

Ail, 2010
6.3 x 8.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,446

Elisabeth Hervieux, Cambrure, Sculpture

Elisabeth Hervieux

Cambrure, 2009
6.7 x 6.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,954

India Leire, Birthing rituals , Sculpture

India Leire

Birthing rituals , 2014
47.2 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,446

Jeamin Seung, Tenaciousness of Life III, Sculpture

Jeamin Seung

Tenaciousness of Life III, 2019
24.4 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Jeamin Seung, Tenaciousness of LIfe II, Sculpture

Jeamin Seung

Tenaciousness of LIfe II, 2019
24.4 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Philippe Buil, Belisama Hopefully, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Belisama Hopefully, 2019
33.5 x 16.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,770

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