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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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Dirk De Keyzer, Hariette, Sculpture

Dirk De Keyzer

Hariette, 2016
33.1 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Poonam Choudhary, Bold is beautiful collection 03, Sculpture

Poonam Choudhary

Bold is beautiful collection 03, 2021
7 x 13 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$700

TMM, Joe Bar Bike, Sculpture

TMM

Joe Bar Bike, 2021
36.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,512

Koo Seunghwui, People #Blue Haze III, Sculpture

Koo Seunghwui

People #Blue Haze III, 2021
18.1 x 18.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$12,000

Donna Rosenthal, My Fair Ladies Series - Child at Heart, Sculpture

Donna Rosenthal

My Fair Ladies Series - Child at Heart, 2016
63 x 15 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$8,500

Andora, Fusée, Sculpture

Andora

Fusée, 1995
35.8 x 4.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$3,517

Edu Danesi, Capot Porsche 911 - Gulf numéro 5, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Capot Porsche 911 - Gulf numéro 5, 2020
51.2 x 47.2 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,527

Our recommendations Luke Newton, Crayons Not Colts (light blue), Sculpture

Luke Newton

Crayons Not Colts (light blue), 2016
10 x 14 inch
Sculpture

$4,280

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Unicorn, 2019
21.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, Sculpture

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$9,421

Aiiroh, Spartan, Sculpture

Aiiroh

Spartan, 2020
14.6 x 7.5 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$5,652

Christian Nesler, Nuageux en fin de journée, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Nuageux en fin de journée, 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,768

Christophe Jehan, Un petit coin de ciel bleu, Sculpture

Christophe Jehan

Un petit coin de ciel bleu, 2016
13.4 x 7.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,633

Astro, #2, Sculpture

Astro

#2, 2019
20.9 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,093

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture

Onemizer

Bart I Love Skate 2, 2020
32.1 x 8.1 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,997

Erika Calesini, Peace, Sculpture

Erika Calesini

Peace, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,278 $3,643

Evert den Hartog, Ijsbeer No. 3, Sculpture

Evert den Hartog

Ijsbeer No. 3, 2015
15 x 22.4 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$9,986

Our recommendations Andrej Jakab, Male Nr. 121701, Sculpture

Andrej Jakab

Male Nr. 121701, 2016
19.1 x 10.8 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$18,778

Christian Della Giustina, Bleu Azur, Sculpture

Christian Della Giustina

Bleu Azur, 2019
15.7 x 12.6 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,899

Anastasia Kurakina, Teardrops, Sculpture

Anastasia Kurakina

Teardrops, 2019
9.6 x 9.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$440

Marie Ackers, Chat bleu, Sculpture

Marie Ackers

Chat bleu, 2020
5.9 x 8.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,889

Babette Degraeve, Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), 2019
15.7 x 8.7 x 17.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,333

Adrienne Jalbert, Gisèle s’envole (AJ27), Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Gisèle s’envole (AJ27), 2014
47.2 x 59.1 x 59.1 inch
Sculpture

$106,767

Boris Jean, New wave, Sculpture

Boris Jean

New wave, 2018
5.5 x 11.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,010

Benjamin Affagard aka Come, Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', Sculpture

Benjamin Affagard aka Come

Street Vitrine 'Maison de la Presse', 2019
15 x 14.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

Stéphanie Pothier, Sentinelle lune (SP02), Sculpture

Stéphanie Pothier

Sentinelle lune (SP02), 2018
54.7 x 6.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,522

Frédéric Beaufils, Spirale bleue, Sculpture

Frédéric Beaufils

Spirale bleue, 2008
36.6 x 15.4 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$19,344

Dan Lam, Drips London, Sculpture

Dan Lam

Drips London, 2019
17.7 x 28 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Olivier Messas, Mistral... (Les filles du vent), Sculpture

Olivier Messas

Mistral... (Les filles du vent), 2017
14.6 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,768

Séverine Bugna, Folie Douce, Sculpture

Séverine Bugna

Folie Douce, 2020
6.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$377

Juan Ripolles, Saxophonist, Sculpture

Juan Ripolles

Saxophonist, 2017
11.8 x 7.9 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,814

Alejandro Moretti, Venetian Love, Sculpture

Alejandro Moretti

Venetian Love, 2020
11.4 x 14.6 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$10,049

Christopher Henry, S of Sin, Sculpture

Christopher Henry

S of Sin, 2020
12.6 x 11 x 1.8 inch
Sculpture

$904 $1,005

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love you more, 2018
16 x 32 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Socrate

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

$1,633

Jeff Koons, Puppy, Sculpture

Jeff Koons

Puppy, 1990
11 x 15 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

Bebar, Plaat light blue, Sculpture

Bebar

Plaat light blue, 2019
20.5 x 13.4 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,261

Franck Célaire, Dog'Art, Sculpture

Franck Célaire

Dog'Art, 2019
16.5 x 15.7 x 37 inch
Sculpture

$5,652

Vittoretti, L'Essence-Ciel, Sculpture

Vittoretti

L'Essence-Ciel, 2017
26 x 22 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

Camille Jacobs, Mère et enfant aux ballons, Sculpture

Camille Jacobs

Mère et enfant aux ballons, 2020
21.7 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$772

Maja Bajevic, Arts, Crafts and Facts (Financial Profits, Corporate Profits, S&P, Employment), Sculpture

Maja Bajevic

Arts, Crafts and Facts (Financial Profits, Corporate Profits, S&P, Employment), 2017
35.4 x 47.2 inch
Sculpture

$25,122

Natalie Laudon, Cœur Super Héros, Sculpture

Natalie Laudon

Cœur Super Héros, 2018
29.5 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,647

Alexandre Bavard, Rasta, Sculpture

Alexandre Bavard

Rasta, 2020
22.4 x 11.8 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,396

Teko van Kuyk, Blue Cassette, Sculpture

Teko van Kuyk

Blue Cassette, 2016
5.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$226

Mohammad Ardakani, Aleph N°904, Sculpture

Mohammad Ardakani

Aleph N°904, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Lyès-Olivier Sidhoum, Holly Montain, Sculpture

Lyès-Olivier Sidhoum

Holly Montain, 2020
39.9 x 39.9 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$14,000

Luis W. Guajardo, Fractals - Blue, Sculpture

Luis W. Guajardo

Fractals - Blue, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$12,500

Our recommendations Song Wei, Hamburger, Sculpture

Song Wei

Hamburger, 2017
9.1 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Michelangelo Bastiani, Rapsodi a Color, Sculpture

Michelangelo Bastiani

Rapsodi a Color, 2019
78.7 x 78.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$22,609

Dananjaya Edirisinghe, The Sacred Heart, Sculpture

Dananjaya Edirisinghe

The Sacred Heart, 2019
28.3 x 19.3 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$485

Anne Millot, Clin d'œil 3, Sculpture

Anne Millot

Clin d'œil 3, 2015
7.1 x 5.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$528

Nathalie Dumontier, Petite Poésie, Sculpture

Nathalie Dumontier

Petite Poésie, 2020
9.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,068

Michael Levchenko, Looking on the sky, Sculpture

Michael Levchenko

Looking on the sky, 2020
18.5 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,500

KX2, Rising Tides, Sculpture

KX2

Rising Tides, 2021
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Inthewoup, Cubix 2, Sculpture

Inthewoup

Cubix 2, 2020
7.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$314

Renee Tay, Mouse Naughty Teapot, Sculpture

Renee Tay

Mouse Naughty Teapot, 2020
10 x 9 x 8.5 inch
Sculpture

$550

Joshua Smith, Black Shadow Trading Company, Sculpture

Joshua Smith

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

$10,677

Mata7ik, Artdekko Blew Drang Board, Sculpture

Mata7ik

Artdekko Blew Drang Board, 2016
37 x 9.4 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$754

Our recommendations Serge Benoit, Sans titre, Sculpture

Serge Benoit

Sans titre, 1986
17.7 x 15.7 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,019

Gyp Mills, Metamorphosis, Sculpture

Gyp Mills

Metamorphosis, 1987
22 x 12 x 7 inch
Sculpture

$8,165

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

KnArtwork, Dinospray couple blue, Sculpture

KnArtwork

Dinospray couple blue, 2020
3.9 x 6.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$126

Delfina Reis Renck, Sirène dada, Sculpture

Delfina Reis Renck

Sirène dada, 2010
11.8 x 5.5 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$188

Does, Brique n°2 - insight, Sculpture

Does

Brique n°2 - insight, 2018
11.4 x 8.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$6,280

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