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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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Anna Sidi Yacoub, Out of Reach, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Out of Reach, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch


Ghost Art, Money Wall Euro, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Money Wall Euro, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 2.4 inch


Stoz, Stozland© the wild dog, Sculpture


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


Our recommendations Yaacov Agam, Revolving Kiddush Cup, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Revolving Kiddush Cup, 1993
5.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite chanel, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite chanel, 2020
11.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 inch


Mistergoo, Bisous Chanel balloon, Sculpture


Bisous Chanel balloon, 2020
20.5 x 14.4 x 4.3 inch


Jayet, Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, Sculpture


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


Anita Molinero, Sans titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans titre, 2019
6.1 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Dark Not So Dark, 2021
48.8 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Larry Rivers, Pop Singer, Sculpture

Larry Rivers

Pop Singer, 1979
17 x 14 x 1 inch


Bertrand Grégoire, Mickey Finger dolls, Sculpture

Bertrand Grégoire

Mickey Finger dolls, 2019
11 x 6.3 x 4.7 inch


Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch


Cleverson de Oliveira, Favela bear, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

Favela bear, 2021
15.7 x 15 x 4.7 inch


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
11.4 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
5.1 x 7.1 x 12.2 inch


Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


Noah Borger, Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, Sculpture

Noah Borger

Je veux pleurer sur ton coeur, 2021
7.9 x 6.7 x 5.1 inch


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


Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Sculpture

Bernard Pras

185 - We can do it, 2017
19.3 x 25.2 x 22 inch


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

Bernadette Despujols

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


Olivier Lannaud, Artemis, Sculpture

Olivier Lannaud

Artemis, 2021
46.1 x 33.3 x 2.4 inch


TMM, Snowboard Picture, Sculpture


Snowboard Picture, 2019
63 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Jessica Pliez, Qui de nous deux?, Sculpture

Jessica Pliez

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


Tal Nehoray, Nine No. 3, Sculpture

Tal Nehoray

Nine No. 3, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


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


Hayvon, Poisson - fishe, Sculpture


Poisson - fishe, 2021
11 x 10.6 x 2.4 inch


Mister Sicily, Cause I don't do it anymore, Sculpture

Mister Sicily

Cause I don't do it anymore, 2021
9.4 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch

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Tchago Martins, Body Search Health and Beauty, Sculpture

Tchago Martins

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


Teko van Kuyk, Blue Cassette, Sculpture

Teko van Kuyk

Blue Cassette, 2016
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch


Daniel Jung, Paper folies, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies, 2018
17.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


Chema Lumbreras, El orificio, Sculpture

Chema Lumbreras

El orificio, 2015
7.9 x 21.7 x 11.8 inch


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


Nouna, L'Envol - Jaune, Sculpture


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


Michel Narbonne, Les jumelles (1), Sculpture

Michel Narbonne

Les jumelles (1), 2011
33.5 x 7.1 x 4.7 inch


Nathalie Rey, Antartic ocean, Sculpture

Nathalie Rey

Antartic ocean, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Julio Alonso Yañez, Sans titre, Sculpture

Julio Alonso Yañez

Sans titre, 2018
13 x 7.1 x 5.5 inch


NeMo, Lock Down Unit, Sculpture


Lock Down Unit, 2021
10.6 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch


Frany La Chipie, Playmobil Coco Chanel Star, Sculpture

Frany La Chipie

Playmobil Coco Chanel Star, 2021
24.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch


Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
12.6 x 2 x 2 inch


Clo Bourgard, Stuck in me serie dosage, Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

Stuck in me serie dosage, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Pamela See, In the water No 1, Sculpture

Pamela See

In the water No 1, 2018
13.8 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch


Mario Pasqualotto, Glamour, Sculpture

Mario Pasqualotto

Glamour, 2006
31.5 x 31.5 x 3.9 inch


Anne Millot, Petit Prince (inspiré d'Alexis Dadier, parfumeur IFF), Sculpture

Anne Millot

Petit Prince (inspiré d'Alexis Dadier, parfumeur IFF), 2014
11.6 x 9.4 x 3.9 inch


Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
8.9 x 3.4 x 0.1 inch


Mark Jenkins, Level Up, Sculpture

Mark Jenkins

Level Up, 2019
42 x 54 x 26 inch


Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

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


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


Zane Mellupe, Magic Machine, Sculpture

Zane Mellupe

Magic Machine, 2012
9.8 x 35.4 x 4.7 inch


Oboro, Masque Renard Blanc et rouge, Sculpture


Masque Renard Blanc et rouge, 2021
7.5 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Jean-Michel Faudemer, Serie magie du chaos, Sculpture

Jean-Michel Faudemer

Serie magie du chaos, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch


Carlo Rizzetti, The rainbow whale Orange Small, Sculpture

Carlo Rizzetti

The rainbow whale Orange Small, 2017
12.2 x 22.8 x 10.6 inch


Greg Demont Grapheart, Grendizer Ultra Damaged, Sculpture

Greg Demont Grapheart

Grendizer Ultra Damaged, 2021
24 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Francesca Pasquali, Setola oro, Sculpture

Francesca Pasquali

Setola oro, 2013
15.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inch


Wataru Tominaga, Study for Pleating 1, Sculpture

Wataru Tominaga

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


Ferruccio Gard, Kinetic Transparencies-4, Sculpture

Ferruccio Gard

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


Cal Lane, Pantie Can, Sculpture

Cal Lane

Pantie Can, 2016
10 x 6.5 x 3.9 inch


Nasreddine Bennacer, Démocratie, Sculpture

Nasreddine Bennacer

Démocratie, 2014
4.7 x 10.6 x 2.8 inch


Edgar Negret, La casa de la serpiente, Sculpture

Edgar Negret

La casa de la serpiente, 1996
11.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


John McQueen, Real, Sculpture

John McQueen

Real, 2018
55.5 x 36.75 x 3.5 inch


Alexander Höller, Highway, Sculpture

Alexander Höller

Highway, 2020
48 x 48 x 9.4 inch


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


Yvon Cochery, Aztek 8/10, Sculpture

Yvon Cochery

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


Omar Ronda, Star Frozen, Sculpture

Omar Ronda

Star Frozen, 1994
31.5 x 23.6 x 2.8 inch


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