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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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Olivier DeGroote, Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Chanel Artiste Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
9.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$253

Guillaume Roche, Star 2, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Star 2, 2021
30.7 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,932

Gil Bruvel, Dichotomy, Sculpture

Gil Bruvel

Dichotomy, 2015
28 x 27 x 14 inch
Sculpture

$28,000

William David, Abélia, Sculpture

William David

Abélia, 2020
28.3 x 15.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,518

Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme Rouge, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme Rouge, 2020
27.6 x 21.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Emilie Muzy, LE CHEVAL, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

LE CHEVAL, 2020
17.3 x 13.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,581

Antoine Dufilho, Mercedes W1 96 FA, Sculpture

Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W1 96 FA, 2020
5.9 x 29.9 x 12.6 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Albert Chanut, Vos yeux me font belle princesse, Sculpture

Albert Chanut

Vos yeux me font belle princesse, 2011
33.9 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,732 $3,035

Shen Yongji, Persévérance, Sculpture

Shen Yongji

Persévérance, 2016
19.7 x 16.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,324

William Roobrouck, Subtige, Sculpture

William Roobrouck

Subtige, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$6,260

Jean Denant, Notre Mer, Sculpture

Jean Denant

Notre Mer, 2019
9.3 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,529

Pascal Perrot, Le poulpe, Sculpture

Pascal Perrot

Le poulpe, 2017
31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Our recommendations Mpcem, L'espoir d'y être, Sculpture

Mpcem

L'espoir d'y être, 2018
15.7 x 11 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Robert Indiana, 2000, Sculpture

Robert Indiana

2000, 1999
8.2 x 8.2 x 3.75 inch
Sculpture

$20,000

David Mesguich, Untitled, Sculpture

David Mesguich

Untitled, 2019
21.3 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Jordi Díez Fernández, Ouvertüre, Sculpture

Jordi Díez Fernández

Ouvertüre, 2020
92.5 x 66.1 x 43.3 inch
Sculpture

$137,730

Jeon Kang Ok, Balloons & Tricycle, Sculpture

Jeon Kang Ok

Balloons & Tricycle, 2019
27.2 x 8.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,500

Laurent Maëro, Libre vent, Sculpture

Laurent Maëro

Libre vent, 2017
78.7 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$31,618

Katarina Kudelova, Ours Molotov, Sculpture

Katarina Kudelova

Ours Molotov, 2012
65.4 x 31.9 x 24.4 inch
Sculpture

$11,383

Bruno Guihéneuf, Flux 143, Sculpture

Bruno Guihéneuf

Flux 143, 2018
24 x 20.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,288

Evelyne Brader-Frank, Angel, Sculpture

Evelyne Brader-Frank

Angel, 2019
32.3 x 7.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$20,000

Oshi Rabin, Firmament, Sculpture

Oshi Rabin

Firmament, 2021
80 x 90 x 50 inch
Sculpture

$41,000

Thomas Turner, Origine 2, Sculpture

Thomas Turner

Origine 2, 2018
10.6 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$949

Kalliopi Lemos, Stainless Steel Seed, Sculpture

Kalliopi Lemos

Stainless Steel Seed, 2014
22.4 x 22.4 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,718

Maud Merouze, Grand huit, Sculpture

Maud Merouze

Grand huit, 2015
29.5 x 22.4 x 17.3 inch
Sculpture

$9,738

KX2, Rising Tides, Sculpture

KX2

Rising Tides, 2021
48 x 48 x 2 inch
Sculpture

15,000 - $ 25,000

Marcel Timmers, Seagulls Finch L, Sculpture

Marcel Timmers

Seagulls Finch L, 2020
826.8 x 511.8 x 433.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

Olivier Mathé, Miss Zaza, Sculpture

Olivier Mathé

Miss Zaza, 2017
42.5 x 16.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,403

Marc Sparza, Les fleurs du bal, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

Les fleurs du bal, 2021
14.2 x 18.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,138

Yong-Rae Kwon, The Eternal Flame - Blue to Green, Sculpture

Yong-Rae Kwon

The Eternal Flame - Blue to Green, 2020
38.2 x 38.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$26,000

Thibaud Dière, Le Golfeur, Sculpture

Thibaud Dière

Le Golfeur, 2016
11.8 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,277

Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,907

Patrick Castillon, Jessika, Sculpture

Patrick Castillon

Jessika, 2019
73.8 x 23.2 x 22.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,106

Franck Kuman, Buddha Meditation, Sculpture

Franck Kuman

Buddha Meditation, 2020
17.7 x 17.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$19,983

Yongrae Kwon, Ficus Benjamina Light, Sculpture

Yongrae Kwon

Ficus Benjamina Light, 2020
23.9 x 28.6 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,800

Marc Le Guen, Lunta, Sculpture

Marc Le Guen

Lunta, 2016
15.7 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,277

Juan Garaizabal, Broken Havana’s Façade I, Sculpture

Juan Garaizabal

Broken Havana’s Façade I, 2016
70.9 x 70.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$31,618

Jacques D'Auteuil, Brainiac, Sculpture

Jacques D'Auteuil

Brainiac, 2018
24.8 x 15 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,529

Han Chul Shin, Dreams Gathered 19, Sculpture

Han Chul Shin

Dreams Gathered 19, 2019
28.3 x 26.4 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$16,000

Seong-Gu Lee, ChIasme 5, Sculpture

Seong-Gu Lee

ChIasme 5, 2018
22.4 x 17.3 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,268

Irena Tone, XSmall Stainless bear, Sculpture

Irena Tone

XSmall Stainless bear, 2021
7.9 x 5.1 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$262 $291

Irena Tone, Small Stainless bear, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Small Stainless bear, 2021
9.3 x 7.3 x 7.3 inch
Sculpture

$367 $407

Irena Tone, Middle Stainless bear, small foot, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Middle Stainless bear, small foot, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$603 $670

Guillaume Roche, Star 1, Sculpture

Guillaume Roche

Star 1, 2021
17.7 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,403

Gil Bruvel, My Mirror Remains, Sculpture

Gil Bruvel

My Mirror Remains, 2015
28 x 24 x 16 inch
Sculpture

$27,000

Valerie Marty, Piaf All Black Picots, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf All Black Picots, 2020
6.7 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$506

Valerie Marty, Piaf Beige Picots, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Beige Picots, 2020
6.7 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$506

Maxime Plancque, N°349, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°349, 2021
45.3 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,403

Maxime Plancque, N°325, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°325, 2021
70.1 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Maxime Plancque, N°312, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°312, 2020
3.9 x 16.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,024

Maxime Plancque, N°313, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°313, 2020
4.7 x 13.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,518

Maxime Plancque, N°311, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°311, 2020
5.9 x 13.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,771

Maxime Plancque, N°310, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°310, 2020
11 x 8.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,277

Maxime Plancque, N°309, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°309, 2020
11 x 6.5 x 6.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

Maxime Plancque, N°308, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°308, 2020
5.3 x 11.4 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,391

Maxime Plancque, N°354, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°354, 2021
7.9 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$885

Maxime Plancque, N°348, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°348, 2021
42.1 x 9.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,656

Maxime Plancque, N°336, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°336, 2021
46.9 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,035

Stratos, Harmony en famile, Sculpture

Stratos

Harmony en famile, 2020
35 x 18.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,991

Stratos, Idylle, Sculpture

Stratos

Idylle, 2020
38.2 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,083

Stratos, Amour maternel, Sculpture

Stratos

Amour maternel, 2017
27.6 x 22.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$12,015

Stratos, Vivre le moment, Sculpture

Stratos

Vivre le moment, 2020
22.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,818

Stratos, Mes deux amours, Sculpture

Stratos

Mes deux amours, 2020
26 x 21.3 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$12,394

Li Lihong, Apple China - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple China - Argent, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$25,295

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