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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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Sabine Darrigan, Le tabernacle, Sculpture

Sabine Darrigan

Le tabernacle, 1995
32.3 x 16.5 x 11 inch


Nicolas Delage, Black monochrome, Sculpture

Nicolas Delage

Black monochrome, 2020
37.8 x 72.8 x 0.1 inch


Jean Mayodon, Vase cylindrique, Sculpture

Jean Mayodon

Vase cylindrique, 1940
7.5 x 5.7 x 5.7 inch


Hussein Madi, Untitled, Sculpture

Hussein Madi

Untitled, 2013
15.4 x 10.6 x 8.3 inch


Laurence Le Constant, Désirée, Sculpture

Laurence Le Constant

Désirée, 2019
12.6 x 5.5 x 8.7 inch


Antonio Signorini, Sun, Sculpture

Antonio Signorini

Sun, 2018
39.4 x 53.1 x 15.7 inch


Paul Rebeyrolle, Trois têtes, Sculpture

Paul Rebeyrolle

Trois têtes, 1994
19.7 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch


Julien Signolet, Les vents, Sculpture

Julien Signolet

Les vents, 2010
47.2 x 35.4 x 11.8 inch


Andoche Praudel, La porte du ciel, Sculpture

Andoche Praudel

La porte du ciel, 2017
9.3 x 9.3 x 5.1 inch


Roman Shustrov, Bandonéoniste, Sculpture

Roman Shustrov

Bandonéoniste, 2016
26 x 9.8 x 7.5 inch


Costa, Composition Bleue, Sculpture


Composition Bleue, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch


ASO-P, Petit pavé du mur du bonheur, Sculpture


Petit pavé du mur du bonheur, 2020
7.5 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Art'Mony, Pop Teckel, Sculpture


Pop Teckel, 2020
15 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch


Jean-Pierre Umbdenstock, Galet Gayatri Mantra-Ganesh 'Galet Hindi II', Sculpture

Jean-Pierre Umbdenstock

Galet Gayatri Mantra-Ganesh 'Galet Hindi II', 2003
6.1 x 1.4 x 3.7 inch


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


Antoine Pierini, On the Rock, Sculpture

Antoine Pierini

On the Rock, 2019
11.4 x 13 x 9.1 inch


EB Studios, Yellow Balloon Dog, Sculpture

EB Studios

Yellow Balloon Dog, 2020
8.5 x 5 x 3.5 inch


José Luis Martinat, País con futuro, Sculpture

José Luis Martinat

País con futuro, 2016
118.1 x 78.7 x 2 inch


Carlos Runcie Tanaka, Nube caras, Sculpture

Carlos Runcie Tanaka

Nube caras, 2013
27.2 x 22.4 x 27.2 inch


Elena Bulatova, The Sweet Life, small, Rainbow Lollipop, Sculpture

Elena Bulatova

The Sweet Life, small, Rainbow Lollipop, 2019
20 x 6 x 6 inch


Nani Champy-Schott, Diptyque, Sculpture

Nani Champy-Schott

Diptyque, 2018
6.7 x 7.5 x 8.3 inch


Philippe Huart, Effets secondaires – Passionate Love (Mini), Sculpture

Philippe Huart

Effets secondaires – Passionate Love (Mini), 2019
3.1 x 4.7 x 3.1 inch


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


Jephan de Villiers, L'ange et l'ours, Sculpture

Jephan de Villiers

L'ange et l'ours, 2018
18.9 x 16.9 x 9.8 inch


Daniel Suarez, El Vigilante, Sculpture

Daniel Suarez

El Vigilante, 2018
48 x 33.1 x 22 inch


Denny Haskew, White deer of autumn, Sculpture

Denny Haskew

White deer of autumn, 2013
17.9 x 9.1 x 3.9 inch


Sid Bruce Short Joe, Poisson archer, Sculpture

Sid Bruce Short Joe

Poisson archer, 2016
22.8 x 42.5 x 11.4 inch


Frédéric Périmon, Sculpture Jaune, Sculpture

Frédéric Périmon

Sculpture Jaune, 2015
24.8 x 15 x 16.9 inch


Stéphane Ducatteau, Tabouret Cornet, Sculpture

Stéphane Ducatteau

Tabouret Cornet, 2019
18.5 x 22.4 x 11.8 inch


Marina García Burgos, Mercado central, Sculpture

Marina García Burgos

Mercado central, 2018
9.8 x 11 x 8.3 inch


Christine Fabre, Nacre, Sculpture

Christine Fabre

Nacre, 2018
12.4 x 25.6 x 25.6 inch


Okuda, Pigeon from the moon, Sculpture


Pigeon from the moon, 2015
61 x 37.4 x 1.6 inch


Richard Saint-Amans, Le Doute, Sculpture

Richard Saint-Amans

Le Doute, 2019
114.2 x 86.6 x 98.4 inch


Zevs, Pneumatique, Sculpture


Pneumatique, 2007
19.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


Pegaz, Teddy, Sculpture


Teddy, 2020
12.6 x 10.2 x 9.1 inch


TMM, Snowboard Picture, Sculpture


Snowboard Picture, 2019
63 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


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

Luke Newton

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


François Rambaud, Panthère cristal, Sculpture

François Rambaud

Panthère cristal, 2016
21.7 x 59.1 x 13.8 inch


Muriel Deumie, Dépouillé, Sculpture

Muriel Deumie

Dépouillé, 2020
19.7 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch

$591 $695

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture


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


Sanuj Birla, Punk Dollar Monk, Sculpture

Sanuj Birla

Punk Dollar Monk, 2019
30 x 24 x 18 inch


Eskos, Box - tag wall, Sculpture


Box - tag wall, 2019
5.1 x 7.7 x 1.4 inch


Emmanuelle Vroelant, Maternité archaïque, Sculpture

Emmanuelle Vroelant

Maternité archaïque, 2013
21.7 x 7.1 x 5.9 inch


Arsen, Musiko, Sculpture


Musiko, 2017
39.4 x 14.2 x 3.9 inch


Marie Palazzo, Bronze "Les Curieuses", Sculpture

Marie Palazzo

Bronze "Les Curieuses", 2020
11.8 x 5.5 x 3.5 inch


Caroline Vis, Hands On, Sculpture

Caroline Vis

Hands On, 2018
4.7 x 6.3 x 8.7 inch

$2,730 $3,413

Ryan Kelley, Solemn, Sculpture

Ryan Kelley

Solemn, 2019
18 x 9 x 8 inch


Joyce Fournier, Female Torso - (No. 5 of 10), Sculpture

Joyce Fournier

Female Torso - (No. 5 of 10), 2019
4.5 x 3 x 2.5 inch

$488 $650

L'Atlas, Abstraction géométrique, Sculpture


Abstraction géométrique, 2014
23.2 x 8.3 x 3.5 inch


Sumit Mehndiratta, Nailed it Series No.81, Sculpture

Sumit Mehndiratta

Nailed it Series No.81, 2018
33.1 x 33.1 x 1.6 inch


Hervé Di Rosa, L'Aquarium, Sculpture

Hervé Di Rosa

L'Aquarium, 2015
23.6 x 31.5 x 5.9 inch


Eric Pottier, Les Chroniques d'Anna, Sculpture

Eric Pottier

Les Chroniques d'Anna, 2020
5.1 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch


Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG, Charlie Brown | Childhood collection, Sculpture

Arnaud Puig aka ARDPG

Charlie Brown | Childhood collection, 2019
19.7 x 15 x 0.7 inch


Jean Cocteau, La vie intérieure, Sculpture

Jean Cocteau

La vie intérieure, 1962
11.8 x 11.8 x 0.8 inch


Sophie Calle, Ainsi de suite, Sculpture

Sophie Calle

Ainsi de suite, 2016
9.4 x 7.1 x 2.8 inch


Leo Factory, RX20N, Sculpture

Leo Factory

RX20N, 2021
24.4 x 10.6 x 6.3 inch


Sufyr, Guilty Loving you, Sculpture


Guilty Loving you, 2021
8.7 x 4.3 x 3.1 inch


Toctoc, Skate Zig Zag Duduss, Sculpture


Skate Zig Zag Duduss, 2020
8.5 x 32.3 x 1.8 inch


Papaz, Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, Sculpture


Billet Dollars Fée Clochette, 2020
14.2 x 31.1 x 0.1 inch


Tim Marsh, Finish Him by Art'cade, Sculpture

Tim Marsh

Finish Him by Art'cade, 2020
70.1 x 24 x 27.6 inch


Le Closier, Love Venus, Sculpture

Le Closier

Love Venus, 2020
16.9 x 9.4 x 8.3 inch


Xavier Wttrwulghe, Mickey Street Art King Size L, Sculpture

Xavier Wttrwulghe

Mickey Street Art King Size L, 2020
14.2 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch


Rachel Bergeret, Louboutin mania, Sculpture

Rachel Bergeret

Louboutin mania, 2019
55.1 x 39.4 x 5.9 inch


René Galassi, Calicots rouges, Sculpture

René Galassi

Calicots rouges, 2018
39.4 x 31.5 x 3.1 inch


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