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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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Chloé Sontrop, Victoire, Sculpture

Chloé Sontrop

Victoire, 2021
17.3 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Anany, Pierre de Rêve - Bleu céladon, Sculpture


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


Josepha, Petite parenthèse bleu, Sculpture


Petite parenthèse bleu, 2019
10.2 x 7.9 x 7.1 inch


Christian Nesler, Bleu D'Eau Douce, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

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


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


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


Valerian Sioridzé, Berani, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Berani, 2020
12.6 x 13.4 x 9.8 inch


Art Vladi, Puma pink, Sculpture

Art Vladi

Puma pink, 2021
14.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 inch

$2,011 $2,234

Maud Vantours, Violon Turquoise, Sculpture

Maud Vantours

Violon Turquoise, 2021
9.8 x 3.7 x 1.2 inch


Socrate, Fluo Playmobil Louis Vuitton, Sculpture


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


Alben, Dark Vador Couteaux, Sculpture


Dark Vador Couteaux, 2020
18.9 x 16.5 x 7.9 inch


Daru, MailBox Money Fight, Sculpture


MailBox Money Fight, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


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


Thierry Corpet, Totem II, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem II, 2021
25.6 x 7.7 x 3.9 inch


David Cumps, Alfons bleu, Sculpture

David Cumps

Alfons bleu, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 8.7 inch


Mireia Serra, Welcome to the jungle, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

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


La Pointe, Love, Sculpture

La Pointe

Love, 2021
3.9 x 4.7 x 0.4 inch


Yannick Bouillault, The purple spinnaker, Sculpture

Yannick Bouillault

The purple spinnaker, 2021
7.1 x 5.5 x 6.3 inch


Pinto, Jour de fête, Sculpture


Jour de fête, 2021
24.4 x 3.1 x 1.6 inch


Jayet, Or, Sculpture


Or, 2020
63 x 51.2 x 32.3 inch


Réjane LeChat, Envol, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Envol, 2021
24.8 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch


Mahelle, Heart Macaron, Sculpture


Heart Macaron, 2021
3.7 x 3.5 x 0.4 inch

$156 $174

Irina Shark, The scream II, Sculpture

Irina Shark

The scream II, 2020
11 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch


Hélène Siellez, Movement, Sculpture

Hélène Siellez

Movement, 2019
12.6 x 12.6 x 3.9 inch


Aperato, Aperabob Pink Martini, Sculpture


Aperabob Pink Martini, 2021
6.7 x 4.7 x 2 inch


Pimax, Big Tomato Splash, Sculpture


Big Tomato Splash, 2020
49.2 x 29.5 x 23.6 inch


Shelby, Picsou & Bart Mailbox, Sculpture


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


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


Atelier Piquifou, Femme année 50, Sculpture

Atelier Piquifou

Femme année 50, 2019
19.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Floyd Elzinga, Pine Cone 21-062, Sculpture

Floyd Elzinga

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


Jesus Curia, Dialogo 1/2, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

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


Marcus Egli, Pot, Sculpture

Marcus Egli

Pot, 2013
4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


Christine Joy, Little Star, Sculpture

Christine Joy

Little Star, 2019
10 x 8 x 6 inch


Bruno Marty, Gerard Depardieu, Sculpture

Bruno Marty

Gerard Depardieu, 2008
23.6 x 17.7 x 27.6 inch


Jim Budish, Chauncy, Sculpture

Jim Budish

Chauncy, 2021
66 x 2 x 2 inch


John Petrey, Danika, Sculpture

John Petrey

Danika, 2017
27 x 15 x 15 inch


Michal Bajsarowicz, Torso, Sculpture

Michal Bajsarowicz

Torso, 2021
26.8 x 16.9 x 12.2 inch


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


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


Chad Holliday, New Blue Passage, Sculpture

Chad Holliday

New Blue Passage, 2019
18 x 12 x 6 inch


Aude Herlédan, Muse blanche, Sculpture

Aude Herlédan

Muse blanche, 2019
8.7 x 5.5 x 4.7 inch


Anacleto Spazzapan, Pink Touch Woody Chair, Sculpture

Anacleto Spazzapan

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


Gaël Rouxeville, Intimité, Sculpture

Gaël Rouxeville

Intimité, 2021
4.3 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch


M.Chat, Paris Nuage, Sculpture


Paris Nuage, 2019
9.1 x 13.8 x 0.2 inch


Shota Voskanyan, Dedicated to Velázquez, Sculpture

Shota Voskanyan

Dedicated to Velázquez, 2018
7.9 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Béatrice Fortin, Don Quichotte, Sculpture

Béatrice Fortin

Don Quichotte, 2019
9.8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inch


Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
37.4 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Janet Sherman, Seven Sevens, Sculpture

Janet Sherman

Seven Sevens, 2016
92 x 23 x 2 inch


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


Bennie, Parole de terre 1, Sculpture


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


Yiyan Zhou, Femme Musclée, Sculpture

Yiyan Zhou

Femme Musclée, 2017
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.7 inch


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


Nnamdi Okonkwo, Contemplation, Sculpture

Nnamdi Okonkwo

Contemplation, 2012
9 x 12 x 9 inch


Kazumi Ohno, Candy glass ball, Sculpture

Kazumi Ohno

Candy glass ball, 2019
6 x 5 x 5 inch


Françoise Baron, Portrait de vierge, Sculpture

Françoise Baron

Portrait de vierge, 2019
10.6 x 5.9 x 16.5 inch


Viktor Horiaiev, Sea, Sculpture

Viktor Horiaiev

Sea, 2011
15.7 x 36.2 x 3.9 inch

$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


Ivan Totev, The Caravan, Sculpture

Ivan Totev

The Caravan, 2020
11 x 14.2 x 7.1 inch


Christine Guillemin, Grande grue du soleil levant, Sculpture

Christine Guillemin

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


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


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


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


Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

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


Georges Saulterre, N°1078, Sculpture

Georges Saulterre

N°1078, 2008
7.1 x 2.8 x 7.5 inch


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


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