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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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Stoz, Stozland© Dancing Man, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© Dancing Man, 2021
10.6 x 6.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$452 $502

Spaco, Panthere, Sculpture

Spaco

Panthere, 2021
3.9 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$352

Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping BonBon Rouge, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping BonBon Rouge, 2016
6.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,952

Frany La Chipie, Coco Chanel Class, Sculpture

Frany La Chipie

Coco Chanel Class, 2021
24.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,357 $1,507

Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$729

Bertrand Grégoire, Mickey Finger dolls, Sculpture

Bertrand Grégoire

Mickey Finger dolls, 2019
11 x 6.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,261

Jayet, Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, Sculpture

Jayet

Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, 2019
11 x 9.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,733

Tess, Karl Who?, Sculpture

Tess

Karl Who?, 2020
23.6 x 11.8 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,193

Anita Molinero, Sans Titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans Titre, 2014
16.5 x 12.6 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Erika Calesini, Peace, Sculpture

Erika Calesini

Peace, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,278 $3,643

Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite chanel, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite chanel, 2020
11.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,280

Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
27.6 x 26.8 x 26.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,411

Mark Jenkins, Level Up, Sculpture

Mark Jenkins

Level Up, 2019
42 x 54 x 26 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
5.1 x 7.1 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Oliver Ney, Supreme, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Supreme, 2021
36.6 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,643

Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
8.9 x 3.4 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,280

TMM, Snowboard Picture, Sculpture

TMM

Snowboard Picture, 2019
63 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,193

TieRi Trademark, Cadre vitrine Colors 1, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

Cadre vitrine Colors 1, 2018
9.8 x 9.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$149

Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 inch
Sculpture

$7,500

Pure Evil, Zhang Ziyi Black and White Sprayed Perspex, Sculpture

Pure Evil

Zhang Ziyi Black and White Sprayed Perspex, 2017
31.1 x 27 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,345

Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Socrate

Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, 2021
24.4 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,633

Jessica Pliez, Qui de nous deux?, Sculpture

Jessica Pliez

Qui de nous deux?, 2020
7.9 x 3.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$502

Nouna, L'Envol - Jaune, Sculpture

Nouna

L'Envol - Jaune, 2019
5.1 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$691

Jumeaux Ouattara, Masque Bavard, Sculpture

Jumeaux Ouattara

Masque Bavard, 2019
33.5 x 9.4 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,068

Francesca Pasquali, Pink straws, Sculpture

Francesca Pasquali

Pink straws, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$20,725

Cleverson de Oliveira, As Marias 02, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

As Marias 02, 2019
32.3 x 22.4 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,193

Teko van Kuyk, Blue Cassette, Sculpture

Teko van Kuyk

Blue Cassette, 2016
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$226

Larry Rivers, Pop Singer, Sculpture

Larry Rivers

Pop Singer, 1979
17 x 14 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$5,000

Artiste Chezbelette, Contrôle Fiscal - Demandez votre contrôle fiscal 2018, Sculpture

Artiste Chezbelette

Contrôle Fiscal - Demandez votre contrôle fiscal 2018, 2017
69.3 x 28.3 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$9,659

Rice, Plein Flag, Sculpture

Rice

Plein Flag, 2018
20.5 x 29.5 x 1.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Cyrille Saint-Ange, Fantasy, Sculpture

Cyrille Saint-Ange

Fantasy, 2019
78.7 x 39.4 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$11,933

Ferruccio Gard, Kinetic Transparencies-4, Sculpture

Ferruccio Gard

Kinetic Transparencies-4, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Miss Bugs, Do No Harm (emoji bleu), Sculpture

Miss Bugs

Do No Harm (emoji bleu), 2020
13.8 x 3.1 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Bevan Ramsay, Make a Wish, Sculpture

Bevan Ramsay

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

$7,034

Daniel Jung, Paper folies, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies, 2018
17.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$754

Lionel Couvrandt, Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, Sculpture

Lionel Couvrandt

Product 140/90 Notre DAme de Fàtima, 2015
5.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Remi Delaplace, Ma préférence, Sculpture

Remi Delaplace

Ma préférence, 2020
13.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$628

Julio Alonso Yañez, Sans titre, Sculpture

Julio Alonso Yañez

Sans titre, 2018
13 x 7.1 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$471

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

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

Black Shadow Trading Company, 2015
14 x 12 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$10,677

Valérie Carmet, Girl'z Play Pez, Sculpture

Valérie Carmet

Girl'z Play Pez, 2016
35 x 13.4 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,024

Clo Bourgard, Céu noturno serie oeuf ( pandemic period ), Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

Céu noturno serie oeuf ( pandemic period ), 2020
19.7 x 23.6 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Bernadette Despujols, Inflatable Love Doll #9, Concrete Sculpture, Sculpture

Bernadette Despujols

Inflatable Love Doll #9, Concrete Sculpture, 2016
22 x 13 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$4,500

Wataru Tominaga, Study for Pleating 1, Sculpture

Wataru Tominaga

Study for Pleating 1, 2015
14.2 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$628

Zane Mellupe, Magic Machine, Sculpture

Zane Mellupe

Magic Machine, 2012
9.8 x 35.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,507

Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
12.6 x 2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,658

Nathalie Rey, Atlantic Ocean, Sculpture

Nathalie Rey

Atlantic Ocean, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,800

Egle Babilaite, De l’eau dansante II-2, Sculpture

Egle Babilaite

De l’eau dansante II-2, 2019
7 x 6.3 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,155

Alexander Höller, Highway, Sculpture

Alexander Höller

Highway, 2020
48 x 48 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$30,146

Jean-Michel Faudemer, Série "Magie du Chaos", Sculpture

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Série "Magie du Chaos", 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$314

Yvon Cochery, Aztek 8/10, Sculpture

Yvon Cochery

Aztek 8/10, 2000
21.7 x 12.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Andie Grande, Purple Deep, Sculpture

Andie Grande

Purple Deep, 2020
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

Jan Lo, Scott, Sculpture

Jan Lo

Scott, 2018
14.6 x 24.4 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,024

Omar Ronda, Star Frozen, Sculpture

Omar Ronda

Star Frozen, 1994
31.5 x 23.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,044

Noara Quintana, Glasses, Sculpture

Noara Quintana

Glasses, 2017
3.9 x 23.6 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Tomas Dauksa, Unexpected encounter, Sculpture

Tomas Dauksa

Unexpected encounter, 2019
18.5 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Valerie Marty, Piaf L I Love You beige, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf L I Love You beige, 2021
12.6 x 7.1 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,570

Stoz, Stozland© the wild dog, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© the wild dog, 2021
9.1 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$452 $502

Stoz, Imperial Minnie V II, Sculpture

Stoz

Imperial Minnie V II, 2021
9.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$490

Stoz, Stozland© the dog, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© the dog, 2021
6.3 x 7.1 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$452 $502

Stoz, Stozland© heart man, Sculpture

Stoz

Stozland© heart man, 2021
8.3 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$452 $502

Spaco, Rolex daytona, Sculpture

Spaco

Rolex daytona, 2021
10.6 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$301

Spaco, Mickey Stormtrooper, Sculpture

Spaco

Mickey Stormtrooper, 2021
7.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$276

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