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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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Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante, Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, Sculpture

Carolina Sánchez de Bustamante

Wide Mouth Frog with a Green Tuque, 2014
13.4 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$680

Jorge Mayet, Broken Landscape, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Broken Landscape, 2016
75 x 51 x 49 inch
Sculpture

$38,000

Takahiro Kudo, Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), Sculpture

Takahiro Kudo

Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), 2016
3.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,213

Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Ryan Kelley, Solemn, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Solemn, 2019
18 x 9 x 8 inch
Sculpture

$850

Karen Marre, Lunapark, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Lunapark, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,447

Cinz, Playerz 3, Sculpture

Cinz

Playerz 3, 2019
41.3 x 13 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,179

Myriam Paoli, Hypnose, Sculpture

Myriam Paoli

Hypnose, 2017
47.2 x 22.8 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,468

Susy Hunziker, Figure 6, Sculpture

Susy Hunziker

Figure 6, 2010
18 x 6 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$825

Chema Lumbreras, Esta luna no es redonda, Sculpture

Chema Lumbreras

Esta luna no es redonda, 2015
41.7 x 17.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,592

Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Lady, Sculpture

Lina Shein

A Little Mouse Lady, 2021
7.5 x 3.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$733

Sara Modiano, "Standing Ballet", Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum intervened, Sculpture

Sara Modiano

"Standing Ballet", Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum intervened, 2006
27 x 24 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$2,700 $3,000

Andrei Sadko, Sadko, Sculpture

Andrei Sadko

Sadko, 2006
25.2 x 25.2 inch
Sculpture

$9,308

Dominique Mathieu, Centaure, Sculpture

Dominique Mathieu

Centaure, 2020
27.6 x 5.9 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,855

Andrew Ryder, Sharha, Sculpture

Andrew Ryder

Sharha, 2016
16.9 x 22.4 x 20.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,361

Bruno Lemée, Percussionniste, Sculpture

Bruno Lemée

Percussionniste, 2015
33.5 x 23.6 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,358

Marianne Turck, Rewriting the world, Sculpture

Marianne Turck

Rewriting the world, 2021
5.5 x 3.1 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,902

Jorge Mayet, El primer beso que te di, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

El primer beso que te di, 2016
15 x 42 x 18 inch
Sculpture

$22,000

Jorge Mayet, Cuando llegue ya no estabas, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Cuando llegue ya no estabas, 2016
21 x 59 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$24,000

Jorge Mayet, El rita esta dentro de mi, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

El rita esta dentro de mi, 2016
52 x 32 x 34 inch
Sculpture

$28,000

Jorge Mayet, Obatala, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Obatala, 2017
48 x 26 x 26 inch
Sculpture

$28,000

Laure Simoneau, Mysterieux, Sculpture

Laure Simoneau

Mysterieux, 2016
24.4 x 12.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,041

Laure Simoneau, Melancholia, Sculpture

Laure Simoneau

Melancholia, 2016
38.6 x 22.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,468

Laure Simoneau, Hera, Sculpture

Laure Simoneau

Hera, 2016
90.6 x 59.1 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$22,340

Ryan Kelley, Bent Not Broken, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Bent Not Broken, 2019
25 x 12 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$3,300

Our recommendations Ryan Kelley, Time Heals, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Time Heals, 2019
19 x 17 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$3,100

Ryan Kelley, Gemelli di Rame, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Gemelli di Rame, 2019
22 x 16 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$2,950

Myriam Paoli, Les Amoureux, Sculpture

Myriam Paoli

Les Amoureux, 2015
17.7 x 17.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Myriam Paoli, Etude de Visage Femme, Sculpture

Myriam Paoli

Etude de Visage Femme, 2016
13.8 x 16.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,489

Chema Lumbreras, En el río, Sculpture

Chema Lumbreras

En el río, 2014
78.7 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$10,549

Chema Lumbreras, El orificio, Sculpture

Chema Lumbreras

El orificio, 2015
7.9 x 21.7 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Larisa Safaryan, Lost in Thought - Mixed Media Sculpture Featuring Wire, Egg Shells and Acrylic Paint, Sculpture

Larisa Safaryan

Lost in Thought - Mixed Media Sculpture Featuring Wire, Egg Shells and Acrylic Paint, 2018
24 x 24 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$3,200

Lina Shein, A Little Mouse Gentleman, Sculpture

Lina Shein

A Little Mouse Gentleman, 2021
8.3 x 3.1 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$733

Stephanie Lanter, Screenmeat, Sculpture

Stephanie Lanter

Screenmeat, 2018
12 x 11 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$1,060

Stephanie Lanter, Why Won't You, Sculpture

Stephanie Lanter

Why Won't You, 2016
15 x 17 x 12 inch
Sculpture

$3,000

Michel Pourchet, Petit Véhicule, Sculpture

Michel Pourchet

Petit Véhicule, 2018
21.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,355

Michel Pourchet, Coureur, Sculpture

Michel Pourchet

Coureur, 2018
23.6 x 16.9 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,033

Olesia Dvorak-Galik, Wirework, Sculpture

Olesia Dvorak-Galik

Wirework, 2018
15.7 x 8.7 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$600

Andrius Erminas, Napkin, Sculpture

Andrius Erminas

Napkin, 2010
13.8 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$745

Robin Mullery, Topography of Temperament #9, Sculpture

Robin Mullery

Topography of Temperament #9, 2019
40 x 30 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,500

Anke Birnie, Geveltouriste, Sculpture

Anke Birnie

Geveltouriste, 2019
15.4 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,723

Yazid Oulab, Non, Sculpture

Yazid Oulab

Non, 2012
3 x 9.6 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,551

Jean-Paul Boyer, SM 662. Equerres noires I, Sculpture

Jean-Paul Boyer

SM 662. Equerres noires I, 2013
26.4 x 51.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,847

Jean-Paul Boyer, Sm 737.3 "Triple Volutes", Sculpture

Jean-Paul Boyer

Sm 737.3 "Triple Volutes", 2018
27.6 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Jonas Anicas, Untitled, Sculpture

Jonas Anicas

Untitled, 2013
7.9 x 39.4 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

Clo Bourgard, King, Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

King, 2020
27.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Clo Bourgard, Queen Serie oeuf (pandemic period), Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

Queen Serie oeuf (pandemic period), 2020
27.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Clo Bourgard, Anti social club Serie oeuf (pandemic period), Sculpture

Clo Bourgard

Anti social club Serie oeuf (pandemic period), 2020
47.2 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Vasya Dmytryk, Valkyrie, Sculpture

Vasya Dmytryk

Valkyrie, 2020
31.5 x 17.3 x 14.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,000

Vasya Dmytryk, Arch, Sculpture

Vasya Dmytryk

Arch, 2019
15 x 10.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$600

Bruno Lemée, Coq expressif, Sculpture

Bruno Lemée

Coq expressif, 2015
19.7 x 13.8 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,110

Our recommendations Arman, Tubes, Sculpture

Arman

Tubes, 1991
19.7 x 16.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Fly away with me, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Fly away with me, 2016
5.9 x 3.1 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Bernar Venet, Arcs in Disorder: 83.5° Arc x 14, Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Arcs in Disorder: 83.5° Arc x 14, 2006
7.3 x 35 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Copper Gale, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Copper Gale, 2019
22 x 18 x 8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Rooted, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Rooted, 2019
8 x 8 x 5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Rooted III, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Rooted III, 2021
7 x 9 x 5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Émerge, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Émerge, 2019
14 x 6 x 5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Just the Two of Us, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Just the Two of Us, 2019
11 x 8 x 5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Ryan Kelley, Vibrant, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Vibrant, 2019
9 x 6 x 5 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Our recommendations Karen Marre, Quel cirk 4, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Quel cirk 4, 2015
27.6 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Karen Marre, Juste dormir, Sculpture

Karen Marre

Juste dormir, 2015
12.6 x 49.2 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Olesia Dvorak-Galik, Choose the Light, Sculpture

Olesia Dvorak-Galik

Choose the Light, 2017
45.3 x 12.6 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Anke Birnie, Come Down, Sculpture

Anke Birnie

Come Down, 2019
19.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

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