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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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Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
5.1 x 7.1 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Hosup Hwang, Tête de Bouddha, Sculpture

Hosup Hwang

Tête de Bouddha, 2010
33.5 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Marina García Burgos, Mercado central, Sculpture

Marina García Burgos

Mercado central, 2018
9.8 x 11 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

Ary Kp, Popeye, Sculpture

Ary Kp

Popeye, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,029

Vincent Gachaga, Love me, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Love me, 2020
11.8 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$276

Dominique Zoladz, Estuaire, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Estuaire, 2019
27.6 x 33.5 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,759

Hunter & Gatti, Pharrell Hope Skateboard w, Sculpture

Hunter & Gatti

Pharrell Hope Skateboard w, 2017
31.5 x 8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$750

Johanna Invrea, Mask, Sculpture

Johanna Invrea

Mask, 2019
17.7 x 8.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Tchago Martins, Body Search Health and Beauty, Sculpture

Tchago Martins

Body Search Health and Beauty, 2020
22.4 x 15 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$628

Riks, Tiez & Romano, La rencontre de Ludo & Song, Sculpture

Riks, Tiez & Romano

La rencontre de Ludo & Song, 2019
24.8 x 60.2 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$5,539

Sara Modiano, "Standing Ballet", Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum intervened, Sculpture

Sara Modiano

"Standing Ballet", Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum intervened, 2006
27 x 24 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$3,000

Salvy de Saunhac, Cocci-révolution bleue, Sculpture

Salvy de Saunhac

Cocci-révolution bleue, 2017
4.7 x 14.6 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Cartouche, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Cartouche, 2021
17.7 x 37.4 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$754

Julia Spiridonova, Untitled, Sculpture

Julia Spiridonova

Untitled, 2015
13.8 x 9.8 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Simon Raffy, Shiva Lingams n°3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Shiva Lingams n°3, 2016
4.3 x 1.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$628

Adrienne Jalbert, TuTu Cerise (AJ44), Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

TuTu Cerise (AJ44), 2014
16.5 x 25.2 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

$23,866

Cyril Le Van, T-Shirt Dali, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

T-Shirt Dali, 2014
22.8 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Mark Leputa, Abraham Lake, Sculpture

Mark Leputa

Abraham Lake, 2016
7.1 x 16.9 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,730

Yaacov Agam, River Pebbel, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

River Pebbel, 1970
6.7 x 4.9 x 5.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,387

Ary Kp, Super fastoche d'être un super-héros, Sculpture

Ary Kp

Super fastoche d'être un super-héros, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,029

Ary Kp, Nous sommes félins pour l'autre, Sculpture

Ary Kp

Nous sommes félins pour l'autre, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,029

Vincent Gachaga, Klose in motel, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Klose in motel, 2020
23.6 x 31.5 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$816

Dominique Zoladz, Horizon, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Horizon, 2019
28.3 x 35.4 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,759

Vincent Gachaga, Exit, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Exit, 2020
15.7 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$276

Dominique Zoladz, L'empereur, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

L'empereur, 2019
34.3 x 28.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,759

Nal-Vad, L'ourdeur de l'acrobate, Sculpture

Nal-Vad

L'ourdeur de l'acrobate, 2015
16.9 x 6.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,261

Johanna Invrea, Abstract one, Sculpture

Johanna Invrea

Abstract one, 2017
8.3 x 8.3 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$565

Nerijus Erminas, Wall, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Wall, 2011
31.5 x 47.2 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,015

Francis Coffinet, Un pays qui implose, Sculpture

Francis Coffinet

Un pays qui implose, 2017
41.3 x 21.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,793

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Écailles, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Écailles, 2021
35.4 x 33.5 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$879

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Bois, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Bois, 2021
16.5 x 38.6 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$754

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Papier cadeau, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Papier cadeau, 2021
65 x 36.6 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,193

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Banane, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Banane, 2021
55.9 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,005

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Clémentine, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Clémentine, 2021
26.4 x 43.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$879

Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Jean, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Jean, 2021
40.9 x 30.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$879

Juliette Leperlier, Naïades VI, Sculpture

Juliette Leperlier

Naïades VI, 2019
8.7 x 8.7 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Marina García Burgos, Cine Colón, Sculpture

Marina García Burgos

Cine Colón, 2018
9.8 x 11 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Dominique Zoladz, Mannequin, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Mannequin, 2019
39.4 x 28 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

NooN, Skull Chrome Red, Sculpture

NooN

Skull Chrome Red, 2018
5.1 x 7.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, New York city, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

New York city, 2020
23.6 x 47.2 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Basquiat, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Basquiat, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Andy, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Andy, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Life, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Life, 2020
13.8 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Ice baby, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Ice baby, 2020
13.8 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Don't be raid, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Don't be raid, 2020
13.8 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Keep dry, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Keep dry, 2020
13.8 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Miss understood, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Miss understood, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Lane closed, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Lane closed, 2020
13.8 x 13.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Post no bills, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Post no bills, 2019
43.3 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Vincent Gachaga, Défense d’afficher, Sculpture

Vincent Gachaga

Défense d’afficher, 2019
43.3 x 43.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Dominique Zoladz, Les arbres, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

Les arbres, 2019
29.9 x 36.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Dominique Zoladz, L'arbre, Sculpture

Dominique Zoladz

L'arbre, 2019
36.6 x 28.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Riks, Tiez & Romano, Les parapluies - l'effet du temps - Ludovic et Song, Sculpture

Riks, Tiez & Romano

Les parapluies - l'effet du temps - Ludovic et Song, 2016
31.5 x 47.2 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Yumi Watanabe, Fallen serie- fallen tree, Sculpture

Yumi Watanabe

Fallen serie- fallen tree, 2020
17.7 x 22 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Koji Kasatani, Fragile, Sculpture

Koji Kasatani

Fragile, 2019
17.7 x 18.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

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