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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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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

Yves Hayat, Je t'aime rouge séquestré, Sculpture

Yves Hayat

Je t'aime rouge séquestré, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Rietje Geurts, Grote Ruggensteun, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Grote Ruggensteun, 2014
33.5 x 11 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$13,942

Claudio Palmieri, Germination, Sculpture

Claudio Palmieri

Germination, 2005
13.8 x 13 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Johanna Invrea, Mask, Sculpture

Johanna Invrea

Mask, 2019
17.7 x 8.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,130

bAMbEL, U-Matic Black #2, Sculpture

bAMbEL

U-Matic Black #2, 2018
7.9 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$440

Jinny Yu, Stalker, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Stalker, 2014
70.9 x 52 x 35.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,800

Anne Millot, Clin d'œil 3, Sculpture

Anne Millot

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

$528

Our recommendations Victor Prodanchuk, Lucian Freud, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Lucian Freud, 2018
21.3 x 16.1 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$6,500

Christophe Biancheri, Can Before Crash, Sculpture

Christophe Biancheri

Can Before Crash, 2019
26 x 14.2 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$879

Our recommendations Andrej Jakab, Bird Nr. 041507, Sculpture

Andrej Jakab

Bird Nr. 041507, 2015
9.8 x 7.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,962

Philippe Leleu, Alopitèque double socle métal green army, Sculpture

Philippe Leleu

Alopitèque double socle métal green army, 2019
18.7 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,834

Yves Hayat, Je t'aime rouge blessé, Sculpture

Yves Hayat

Je t'aime rouge blessé, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

Daniele Sigalot, 31 attempts of greatness, Sculpture

Daniele Sigalot

31 attempts of greatness, 2018
72.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$13,816

Charles Malherbe, Knippelsbrau, Sculpture

Charles Malherbe

Knippelsbrau, 2017
38.6 x 6.3 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,527

Mark Leputa, Firn, Sculpture

Mark Leputa

Firn, 2017
15 x 13.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,730

Mark Leputa, Calving, Sculpture

Mark Leputa

Calving, 2017
16.5 x 7.1 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$8,730

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z, Canned Twitter, Sculpture

Parenteau-Denoel & Mofart'z

Canned Twitter, 2019
5.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$565

ASO-P, Conserve Bonne Barbie, Sculpture

ASO-P

Conserve Bonne Barbie, 2018
15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$251

Hellen Halftermeyer, Wireless, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Wireless, 2019
15.7 x 17.3 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,733

Tsuyu Bridwell, Water / Mother Trinity White, Sculpture

Tsuyu Bridwell

Water / Mother Trinity White, 2015
26 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,140

Jérôme Sorolla, Tête de David JS, Sculpture

Jérôme Sorolla

Tête de David JS, 2019
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$775

Alexander Sviyazov, Parcel for piglets, Sculpture

Alexander Sviyazov

Parcel for piglets, 2011
9.1 x 6.7 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$11,000

Jinny Yu, Studio Work No. 37, Sculpture

Jinny Yu

Studio Work No. 37, 2013
25 x 44.9 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,400

Kalliopi Lemos, In Balance Stainless Steel Sculptures 1, Sculpture

Kalliopi Lemos

In Balance Stainless Steel Sculptures 1, 2016
66.9 x 18.5 x 69.7 inch
Sculpture

$43,447

Spiktri, Sculpture Gangsea seahorse rainbow 94, Sculpture

Spiktri

Sculpture Gangsea seahorse rainbow 94, 2019
20.9 x 8.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,643

Anne Millot, Clin d'œil 5, Sculpture

Anne Millot

Clin d'œil 5, 2015
7.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$528

Peter Newsome, Admiration, Sculpture

Peter Newsome

Admiration, 2019
22.8 x 15.4 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,607

Yves Hayat, La petite robe noire, "The Shadow of your Smile", Sculpture

Yves Hayat

La petite robe noire, "The Shadow of your Smile", 2015
59.1 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$10,677

Yves Hayat, Rouge séquestré, "Je t'aime" séries, Sculpture

Yves Hayat

Rouge séquestré, "Je t'aime" séries, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,536

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
Sculpture

$1,759

Béatrice Cols, Regarde, Sculpture

Béatrice Cols

Regarde, 2019
20.9 x 17.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,044

Thierry Chassagnac, Installation lumineuse 1, Sculpture

Thierry Chassagnac

Installation lumineuse 1, 2013
66.9 x 55.1 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$16,329

Victor Prodanchuk, Inquisition, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Inquisition, 2017
16.5 x 11.4 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Salvador Dali, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Salvador Dali, 2018
22 x 18.1 x 14.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Victor Prodanchuk, Pablo Picasso, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Pablo Picasso, 2018
20.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$4,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Amedeo Modigliani, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Amedeo Modigliani, 2017
25.6 x 18.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Alberto Giacometti, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Alberto Giacometti, 2016
25.2 x 11.4 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Victor Prodanchuk, George Marriage, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

George Marriage, 2016
22 x 12.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Victor Prodanchuk, Jackson Pollock, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Jackson Pollock, 2016
24.4 x 11 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Francis Bacon, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Francis Bacon, 2018
22.8 x 12.2 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Gustav Klimt, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Gustav Klimt, 2018
20.9 x 15 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Victor Prodanchuk, Jean Michel Basquiat, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Jean Michel Basquiat, 2018
20.9 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Victor Prodanchuk, Francis Bacon, Sculpture

Victor Prodanchuk

Francis Bacon, 2018
22.4 x 9.1 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,000

Guillaume Lachapelle, Nuit étoilée, Sculpture

Guillaume Lachapelle

Nuit étoilée, 2012
19.7 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$16,000

Pascal Catry, Sur le grand fleuve, Sculpture

Pascal Catry

Sur le grand fleuve, 2016
49.2 x 29.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,638

Rorro Berjano, Dupli Color, Sculpture

Rorro Berjano

Dupli Color, 2016
9.8 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$440

Philippe Buil, Bombe spray vert II, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Bombe spray vert II, 2019
8.3 x 8.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Caroline Brisset, Amoureuse (CB93), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Amoureuse (CB93), 2014
74.4 x 21.7 x 17.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,049

Simon Raffy, Shiva Lingams n°4, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Shiva Lingams n°4, 2016
4.3 x 1.6 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Ceramic Matters, Nautilus, Sculpture

Ceramic Matters

Nautilus, 2019
25.6 x 16.9 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

SupaKitch, Surface and Depth, Sculpture

SupaKitch

Surface and Depth, 2019
47.2 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

ASO-P, Conserve Bonne Barbie, Sculpture

ASO-P

Conserve Bonne Barbie, 2020
15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$251

ASO-P, Conserve Bonne Barbie, Sculpture

ASO-P

Conserve Bonne Barbie, 2020
15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$251

ASO-P, Conserve Bonne Barbie, Sculpture

ASO-P

Conserve Bonne Barbie, 2020
15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

David Moreno, Conexión de catedral_La puerta de atrás, Sculpture

David Moreno

Conexión de catedral_La puerta de atrás, 2020
47.2 x 26 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold

NooN, Skull Chrome Blue, Sculpture

NooN

Skull Chrome Blue, 2018
5.1 x 7.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Oriol Texidor, Immersio 259, Sculpture

Oriol Texidor

Immersio 259, 2019
16.5 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,884

Rosanna Lahaye, Drappeggiato, Sculpture

Rosanna Lahaye

Drappeggiato, 2019
19.7 x 23.6 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$603

Etus x Tang, Sans titre, Sculpture

Etus x Tang

Sans titre, 2019
35.4 x 23.2 x 23.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold

ASO-P, Conserve Bonne Barbie, Sculpture

ASO-P

Conserve Bonne Barbie, 2018
15.7 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold

Seong-Gu Lee, Chiasme 20, Sculpture

Seong-Gu Lee

Chiasme 20, 2018
30.7 x 18.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

Sold

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