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Sculpture

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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Chloé Sontrop, Victoire, Sculpture

Chloé Sontrop

Victoire, 2021
17.3 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Anany, Pierre de Rêve - Bleu céladon, Sculpture

Anany

Pierre de Rêve - Bleu céladon, 2021
7.5 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$863

Josepha, Petite parenthèse bleu, Sculpture

Josepha

Petite parenthèse bleu, 2019
10.2 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$8,378

Christian Nesler, Bleu D'Eau Douce, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Bleu D'Eau Douce, 2021
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, 2021
21.7 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$614

Edu Danesi, Mini Capot Porsche - Silver Dean, Sculpture

Edu Danesi

Mini Capot Porsche - Silver Dean, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Valerian Sioridzé, Berani, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Berani, 2020
12.6 x 13.4 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,303

Art Vladi, Puma pink, Sculpture

Art Vladi

Puma pink, 2021
14.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,011 $2,234

Maud Vantours, Violon Turquoise, Sculpture

Maud Vantours

Violon Turquoise, 2021
9.8 x 3.7 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$993

Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Socrate

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

$1,613

Alben, Dark Vador Couteaux, Sculpture

Alben

Dark Vador Couteaux, 2020
18.9 x 16.5 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture

Daru

MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,592

Virginie Mariany (Ninu), Playmobil splash black color middle XXL, Sculpture

Virginie Mariany (Ninu)

Playmobil splash black color middle XXL, 2021
24.8 x 12.2 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$931

Thierry Corpet, Totem II, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem II, 2021
25.6 x 7.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$869

David Cumps, Alfons bleu, Sculpture

David Cumps

Alfons bleu, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,103

Mireia Serra, Welcome to the jungle, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Welcome to the jungle, 2019
3.5 x 20 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,860

La Pointe, Love, Sculpture

La Pointe

Love, 2021
3.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$248

Yannick Bouillault, The purple spinnaker, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

The purple spinnaker, 2021
7.1 x 5.5 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$745

Pinto, Jour de fête, Sculpture

Pinto

Jour de fête, 2021
24.4 x 3.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,738

Jayet, Or, Sculpture

Jayet

Or, 2020
63 x 51.2 x 32.3 inch
Sculpture

$49,645

Réjane LeChat, Envol, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Envol, 2021
24.8 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,096

Mahelle, Heart Macaron, Sculpture

Mahelle

Heart Macaron, 2021
3.7 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$156 $174

Irina Shark, The scream II, Sculpture

Irina Shark

The scream II, 2020
11 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Hélène Siellez, Movement, Sculpture

Hélène Siellez

Movement, 2019
12.6 x 12.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$316

Aperato, Aperabob Pink Martini, Sculpture

Aperato

Aperabob Pink Martini, 2021
6.7 x 4.7 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$807

Pimax, Big Tomato Splash, Sculpture

Pimax

Big Tomato Splash, 2020
49.2 x 29.5 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$12,287

Shelby, Picsou & Bart Mailbox, Sculpture

Shelby

Picsou & Bart Mailbox, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,220

Jean-Jacques Venturini, Rolling Stones–Tongue and Lips, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Venturini

Rolling Stones–Tongue and Lips, 2019
39.4 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Atelier Piquifou, Femme année 50, Sculpture

Atelier Piquifou

Femme année 50, 2019
19.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$478

Floyd Elzinga, Pine Cone 21-062, Sculpture

Floyd Elzinga

Pine Cone 21-062, 2021
20 x 12 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,400

Jesus Curia, Dialogo 1/2, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

Dialogo 1/2, 2016
37.8 x 24 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$8,067

Marcus Egli, Pot, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Pot, 2013
4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$993

Christine Joy, Little Star, Sculpture

Christine Joy

Little Star, 2019
10 x 8 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$2,000

Bruno Marty, Gerard Depardieu, Sculpture

Bruno Marty

Gerard Depardieu, 2008
23.6 x 17.7 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$4,840

Jim Budish, Chauncy, Sculpture

Jim Budish

Chauncy, 2021
66 x 2 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$26,185

John Petrey, Danika, Sculpture

John Petrey

Danika, 2017
27 x 15 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$6,900

Michal Bajsarowicz, Torso, Sculpture

Michal Bajsarowicz

Torso, 2021
26.8 x 16.9 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$6,826

Danilo Lopez Ochoa, Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre - Crafts - Mexican Folk Art Paper, Sculpture

Danilo Lopez Ochoa

Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre - Crafts - Mexican Folk Art Paper, 2020
27.6 x 21.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,100

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water I, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

So tells water I, 2020
12.6 x 9.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,718

Chad Holliday, New Blue Passage, Sculpture

Chad Holliday

New Blue Passage, 2019
18 x 12 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$9,000

Aude Herlédan, Muse blanche, Sculpture

Aude Herlédan

Muse blanche, 2019
8.7 x 5.5 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,110

Anacleto Spazzapan, Pink Touch Woody Chair, Sculpture

Anacleto Spazzapan

Pink Touch Woody Chair, 1990
48.2 x 21.1 x 20.5 inch
Sculpture

$621

Gaël Rouxeville, Intimité, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Intimité, 2021
4.3 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$819

M.Chat, Paris Nuage, Sculpture

M.Chat

Paris Nuage, 2019
9.1 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$745

Shota Voskanyan, Dedicated to Velázquez, Sculpture

Shota Voskanyan

Dedicated to Velázquez, 2018
7.9 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,855

Béatrice Fortin, Don Quichotte, Sculpture

Béatrice Fortin

Don Quichotte, 2019
9.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,241

Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
37.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,957

Janet Sherman, Seven Sevens, Sculpture

Janet Sherman

Seven Sevens, 2016
92 x 23 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$6,800

Derek Sullivan, Peg Rail #8 (Parrots, Photocopiers &), Sculpture

Derek Sullivan

Peg Rail #8 (Parrots, Photocopiers &), 2014
35.4 x 35.4 x 4.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,206

Bennie, Parole de terre 1, Sculpture

Bennie

Parole de terre 1, 2021
15 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,232

Yiyan Zhou, Femme Musclée, Sculpture

Yiyan Zhou

Femme Musclée, 2017
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,862

Our recommendations Sanne Terweij, Forest N°1 - Colour Capsule - "In the shade of the trees", Sculpture

Sanne Terweij

Forest N°1 - Colour Capsule - "In the shade of the trees", 2021
8.1 x 8.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$484

Nnamdi Okonkwo, Contemplation, Sculpture

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Contemplation, 2012
9 x 12 x 9 inch
Sculpture

$5,400

Kazumi Ohno, Candy glass ball, Sculpture

Kazumi Ohno

Candy glass ball, 2019
6 x 5 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$1,800

Françoise Baron, Portrait de vierge, Sculpture

Françoise Baron

Portrait de vierge, 2019
10.6 x 5.9 x 16.5 inch
Sculpture

$5,957

Viktor Horiaiev, Sea, Sculpture

Viktor Horiaiev

Sea, 2011
15.7 x 36.2 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,975 $3,500

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza), Chercheuses de lumière, Sculpture

Hervé Larrieu (Gabadiko Ahotza)

Chercheuses de lumière, 2021
36.2 x 8.7 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,482

Ivan Totev, The Caravan, Sculpture

Ivan Totev

The Caravan, 2020
11 x 14.2 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,972

Christine Guillemin, Grande grue du soleil levant, Sculpture

Christine Guillemin

Grande grue du soleil levant, 2019
63 x 39.4 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$29,787

KnArtwork, Wall Cans Collab n1 : Kn X Oskunk, Sculpture

KnArtwork

Wall Cans Collab n1 : Kn X Oskunk, 2021
7.3 x 2.6 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$621

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

Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

Sculpture No.4, 2018
15.7 x 15.7 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$5,500

Georges Saulterre, N°1078, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1078, 2008
7.1 x 2.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$3,723

Joe Suzuki, Gold French Bulldog (Gold and pink), Sculpture

Joe Suzuki

Gold French Bulldog (Gold and pink), 2020
3.9 x 9.8 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,234

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