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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


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

$452 $502

Spaco, Panthere, Sculpture


Panthere, 2021
3.9 x 11.8 x 3.1 inch


Laurence Jenkell, Wrapping BonBon Rouge, Sculpture

Laurence Jenkell

Wrapping BonBon Rouge, 2016
6.3 x 1.2 x 1.2 inch


Frany La Chipie, Coco Chanel Class, Sculpture

Frany La Chipie

Coco Chanel Class, 2021
24.4 x 12.6 x 8.7 inch

$1,357 $1,507

Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture


Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch


Bertrand Grégoire, Mickey Finger dolls, Sculpture

Bertrand Grégoire

Mickey Finger dolls, 2019
11 x 6.3 x 4.7 inch


Jayet, Mini Bear Orange Fluo Mat Soft, Sculpture


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


Tess, Karl Who?, Sculpture


Karl Who?, 2020
23.6 x 11.8 x 5.5 inch


Anita Molinero, Sans Titre, Sculpture

Anita Molinero

Sans Titre, 2014
16.5 x 12.6 x 15 inch


Erika Calesini, Peace, Sculpture

Erika Calesini

Peace, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch

$3,278 $3,643

Rémy Aillaud, Dynamite chanel, Sculpture

Rémy Aillaud

Dynamite chanel, 2020
11.8 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 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


Mark Jenkins, Level Up, Sculpture

Mark Jenkins

Level Up, 2019
42 x 54 x 26 inch


Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
5.1 x 7.1 x 12.2 inch


Oliver Ney, Supreme, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Supreme, 2021
36.6 x 36.6 x 1.2 inch


Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
8.9 x 3.4 x 0.1 inch


TMM, Snowboard Picture, Sculpture


Snowboard Picture, 2019
63 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


TieRi Trademark, Cadre vitrine Colors 1, Sculpture

TieRi Trademark

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


Damien Hirst, Magnificent Seven, Sculpture

Damien Hirst

Magnificent Seven, 2000
2.75 x 17.75 x 2.75 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


Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture


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


Jessica Pliez, Qui de nous deux?, Sculpture

Jessica Pliez

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


Nouna, L'Envol - Jaune, Sculpture


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


Jumeaux Ouattara, Masque Bavard, Sculpture

Jumeaux Ouattara

Masque Bavard, 2019
33.5 x 9.4 x 7.9 inch


Francesca Pasquali, Pink straws, Sculpture

Francesca Pasquali

Pink straws, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 x 9.8 inch


Cleverson de Oliveira, As Marias 02, Sculpture

Cleverson de Oliveira

As Marias 02, 2019
32.3 x 22.4 x 15.7 inch


Teko van Kuyk, Blue Cassette, Sculpture

Teko van Kuyk

Blue Cassette, 2016
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch


Larry Rivers, Pop Singer, Sculpture

Larry Rivers

Pop Singer, 1979
17 x 14 x 1 inch


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


Rice, Plein Flag, Sculpture


Plein Flag, 2018
20.5 x 29.5 x 1.4 inch


Cyrille Saint-Ange, Fantasy, Sculpture

Cyrille Saint-Ange

Fantasy, 2019
78.7 x 39.4 x 31.5 inch


Ferruccio Gard, Kinetic Transparencies-4, Sculpture

Ferruccio Gard

Kinetic Transparencies-4, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 x 2.4 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


Bevan Ramsay, Make a Wish, Sculpture

Bevan Ramsay

Make a Wish, 2019
67.3 x 22 x 22 inch


Daniel Jung, Paper folies, Sculpture

Daniel Jung

Paper folies, 2018
17.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 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


Remi Delaplace, Ma préférence, Sculpture

Remi Delaplace

Ma préférence, 2020
13.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Julio Alonso Yañez, Sans titre, Sculpture

Julio Alonso Yañez

Sans titre, 2018
13 x 7.1 x 5.5 inch


Tchago Martins, Body Search Health and Beauty, Sculpture

Tchago Martins

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


Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

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


Valérie Carmet, Girl'z Play Pez, Sculpture

Valérie Carmet

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


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


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

Bernadette Despujols

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


Wataru Tominaga, Study for Pleating 1, Sculpture

Wataru Tominaga

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


Zane Mellupe, Magic Machine, Sculpture

Zane Mellupe

Magic Machine, 2012
9.8 x 35.4 x 4.7 inch


Zaven Paré, Femme Girafe, Sculpture

Zaven Paré

Femme Girafe, 2012
12.6 x 2 x 2 inch


Nathalie Rey, Atlantic Ocean, Sculpture

Nathalie Rey

Atlantic Ocean, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 1.2 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


Alexander Höller, Highway, Sculpture

Alexander Höller

Highway, 2020
48 x 48 x 9.4 inch


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

Jean-Michel Faudemer

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


Yvon Cochery, Aztek 8/10, Sculpture

Yvon Cochery

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


Andie Grande, Purple Deep, Sculpture

Andie Grande

Purple Deep, 2020
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.6 inch


Jan Lo, Scott, Sculpture

Jan Lo

Scott, 2018
14.6 x 24.4 x 11.8 inch


Omar Ronda, Star Frozen, Sculpture

Omar Ronda

Star Frozen, 1994
31.5 x 23.6 x 2.8 inch


Noara Quintana, Glasses, Sculpture

Noara Quintana

Glasses, 2017
3.9 x 23.6 x 5.9 inch


Tomas Dauksa, Unexpected encounter, Sculpture

Tomas Dauksa

Unexpected encounter, 2019
18.5 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


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


Stoz, Stozland© the wild dog, Sculpture


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

$452 $502

Stoz, Imperial Minnie V II, Sculpture


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


Stoz, Stozland© the dog, Sculpture


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

$452 $502

Stoz, Stozland© heart man, Sculpture


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

$452 $502

Spaco, Rolex daytona, Sculpture


Rolex daytona, 2021
10.6 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch


Spaco, Mickey Stormtrooper, Sculpture


Mickey Stormtrooper, 2021
7.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inch


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