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Paper mache Sculpture

Regularly used in sculpture, papier-mâché refers to three different techniques. The first one involves appling strips of paper to a structure with a glue to strengthen and solidify the paper. The second technique, pulp paper, was particularly popular in the 20th century. It consists of soaking, boiling and draining paper before mixing the pulp with glue, linseed oil and plaster to obtain a modelling material. Lastly, paper can simply be also be pressed between two moulds.

Originally from China, papier-mâché spread to North Africa in the 7th century, then to Spain in the 11th century, and finally to the rest of Europe and the United States. As paper was very expensive at the time, papier-mâché was therefore a costly material used to create precious objects such as masks, chests, trays, etc.

It was only in the 19th century that the technique became widespread and reached the height of its popularity. Paper was more widely available and therefore cheaper. It was easy to manipulate and anatomists and surgeons started using it to create artificial limbs. Other uses included furniture and toy making as well as set designs.

In the 20th century, it was replaced by more modern materials such as plastic and metal (steel or bronze). Pulp paper remains a popular technique and many sculptors and workshops still use it in France (in Temple and Belleville for example) and worldwide.

Papier-mâché is still used by many artists: in his Matériologies series, Jean Dubuffet created amazing textures using this technique; Mélanie Bourlon's workshop, like a 'cabinet of curiosities', is also brimming with animal figures in papier-mâché.

Artsper features Wabé's colourful papier-mâché sculptures, the strange pastel-coloured masks of Joanna Glazer, female figures created by Agnès Baillon and Romain Shustrov's puppet-like sculptures.

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Wabé, Personnage n°1060, Sculpture

Wabé

Personnage n°1060, 2014
4.3 x 2 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$442

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

$931

Michel Flamme, Phalaropus Ruber, Sculpture

Michel Flamme

Phalaropus Ruber, 2019
16.5 x 20.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,227

Joanna Glazer, Ballade à Saint James's Park, Sculpture

Joanna Glazer

Ballade à Saint James's Park, 2015
9.8 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$366

Roman Shustrov, Bandonéoniste, Sculpture

Roman Shustrov

Bandonéoniste, 2016
26 x 9.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,716

Chu-Jen Teng, La bénédiction, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

La bénédiction, 2019
14.6 x 11 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$1,613

Bahador Saeedi, Lip small size, Sculpture

Bahador Saeedi

Lip small size, 2014
12.6 x 17.7 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Pino Pinelli, Pittura G, Sculpture

Pino Pinelli

Pittura G, 1986
15.7 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$29,787

Claire Camous, Boras tidning 10/09/ 2018 au 16/09/2018, Sculpture

Claire Camous

Boras tidning 10/09/ 2018 au 16/09/2018, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,551

Spaco, Sculpture tour black street, Sculpture

Spaco

Sculpture tour black street, 2019
13.4 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$199

Wabé, Space time, Sculpture

Wabé

Space time, 2020
13.4 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,358

Wabé, Libre et Forte, Sculpture

Wabé

Libre et Forte, 2021
18.9 x 10.6 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,979

Wabé, Grande Ivresse Verte et Jaune, Sculpture

Wabé

Grande Ivresse Verte et Jaune, 2019
21.3 x 13.4 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Our recommendations Egor Plotnikov, La pluie commence, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La pluie commence, 2018
4.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$807

Egor Plotnikov, Midi, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

Midi, 2019
5.1 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$931

Our recommendations Egor Plotnikov, Paysage derrière soi, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

Paysage derrière soi, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,034

Wabé, Les deux soleils, Sculpture

Wabé

Les deux soleils, 2014
14.2 x 11.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,738

Wabé, Toi et moi, Sculpture

Wabé

Toi et moi, 2013
17.3 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Wabé, Petite fille verte, Sculpture

Wabé

Petite fille verte, 2012
9.4 x 9.4 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Wabé, L'oiseau vert, Sculpture

Wabé

L'oiseau vert, 2014
11.4 x 9.8 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,358

Wabé, Alice dans la maison du L. Blanc, Sculpture

Wabé

Alice dans la maison du L. Blanc, 2015
51.2 x 21.3 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$5,957

Wabé, La Horde, Sculpture

Wabé

La Horde, 2007
59.1 x 25.6 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,957

Wabé, La grotte aux ours, Sculpture

Wabé

La grotte aux ours, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Wabé, Spatial solitude, Sculpture

Wabé

Spatial solitude, 2020
17.3 x 16.5 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,358

Wabé, Sirène, Sculpture

Wabé

Sirène, 2021
18.9 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,979

Wabé, Remember Atlanta, Sculpture

Wabé

Remember Atlanta, 2020
9.4 x 7.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,110

Wabé, Vivante forêt, Sculpture

Wabé

Vivante forêt, 2021
20.1 x 17.3 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Wabé, Les trésors d'Agathe, Sculpture

Wabé

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

$2,358

Wabé, Sous la Jupe, Sculpture

Wabé

Sous la Jupe, 2015
25.2 x 23.2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,599

Wabé, Surpris Par la Nuit, Sculpture

Wabé

Surpris Par la Nuit, 2019
17.3 x 9.1 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Wabé, Le Souffle, Sculpture

Wabé

Le Souffle, 2018
9.4 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Wabé, Ivresse Eden, Sculpture

Wabé

Ivresse Eden, 2019
13.4 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,110

Michael Grine, Spritz II, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Spritz II, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$40

Michael Grine, Spritz I, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Spritz I, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$40

Michel Flamme, Azzuroventrus Dubitans, Sculpture

Michel Flamme

Azzuroventrus Dubitans, 2019
22 x 9.1 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$3,351

Michel Flamme, Milarius Dogonarus, Sculpture

Michel Flamme

Milarius Dogonarus, 2019
18.9 x 10.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,855

Michael Grine, Sticky, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Sticky, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

Michael Grine, Swirly, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Swirly, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

Michael Grine, Spin Fail, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Spin Fail, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

Michael Grine, Journey, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Journey, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

Michael Grine, Hand, Sculpture

Michael Grine

Hand, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

Michael Grine, 1349, Sculpture

Michael Grine

1349, 2014
8.5 x 6.25 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$100

JP Malot, L'Art de Crâner, Sculpture

JP Malot

L'Art de Crâner, 2016
6.7 x 9.4 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Laura Soprani, Mens sana in corpore sano, Sculpture

Laura Soprani

Mens sana in corpore sano, 2017
27.6 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$12,000

Jorge Mayet, De Yemaya, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

De Yemaya, 2018
51.2 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$18,617

Wabé, Sans titre, Sculpture

Wabé

Sans titre, 2011
10.6 x 7.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$869

Chu-Jen Teng, Vole !... Le petit oiseau blanc, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Vole !... Le petit oiseau blanc, 2019
14.2 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$807

Andrius Erminas, Napkin, Sculpture

Andrius Erminas

Napkin, 2010
13.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$745

Chu-Jen Teng, Lâcher prise en bénissant, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Lâcher prise en bénissant, 2019
15.7 x 14.4 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,613

Chu-Jen Teng, Force et élégance, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Force et élégance, 2019
18.3 x 6.5 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$993

Chu-Jen Teng, Bénédiction, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Bénédiction, 2019
15.7 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Chu-Jen Teng, Nid d'amour, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Nid d'amour, 2019
12.6 x 11 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Chu-Jen Teng, Images de Paris, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Images de Paris, 2019
20.1 x 15.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,738

Chu-Jen Teng, Bavardage nocturne, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Bavardage nocturne, 2019
30.3 x 28.7 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Chu-Jen Teng, Attendez, Sculpture

Chu-Jen Teng

Attendez, 2019
15 x 14.6 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$1,241

Bahador Saeedi, Lip Large size, Sculpture

Bahador Saeedi

Lip Large size, 2015
15.7 x 45.3 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,972

Lisbeth Delisle, Promenons-nous, Sculpture

Lisbeth Delisle

Promenons-nous, 2012
46.1 x 31.5 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,695

Pino Pinelli, Pittura GR, Sculpture

Pino Pinelli

Pittura GR, 2010
19.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$24,822

Pino Pinelli, Pittura B, Sculpture

Pino Pinelli

Pittura B, 2002
9.4 x 24.4 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$17,376

Claire Camous, Göteborg - Posten, semaine du 10/09/ 2018 au 16/09/2018, Sculpture

Claire Camous

Göteborg - Posten, semaine du 10/09/ 2018 au 16/09/2018, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,551

Claire Camous, Journal Japonais Kyotoïte, semaine du 03/12/2018 au 09/12/2018, Sculpture

Claire Camous

Journal Japonais Kyotoïte, semaine du 03/12/2018 au 09/12/2018, 2019
47.2 x 31.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,551

Spaco, Black dog, Sculpture

Spaco

Black dog, 2019
6.3 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Egor Plotnikov, Fragment de paysage #1, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

Fragment de paysage #1, 2016
7.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Egor Plotnikov, L'apesanteur, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

L'apesanteur, 2016
9.4 x 5.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

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