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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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Valérie Hadida, Petite Margot, Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Petite Margot, 2019
15 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch


Thierry Blum, Gisants, Sculpture

Thierry Blum

Gisants, 2001
9.8 x 15.7 x 9.1 inch


Aerobot Concept, Coulures chromes, Sculpture

Aerobot Concept

Coulures chromes, 2021
13.8 x 9.8 x 3.1 inch


Marcelo Mendonça, My Broken Heart, Sculpture

Marcelo Mendonça

My Broken Heart, 2021
11.8 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch


Blaise Simon Balazs, 1985 Sculpture Cubintra, Sculpture

Blaise Simon Balazs

1985 Sculpture Cubintra, 1985
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch


Fernanda Gomes, Untitled, Sculpture

Fernanda Gomes

Untitled, 2012
13.8 x 2.4 x 2 inch


Chandler McLellan, Simulacra, Sculpture

Chandler McLellan

Simulacra, 2019
15 x 15 x 3 inch


Didier Ferré, Diane, Sculpture

Didier Ferré

Diane, 2019
14.2 x 7.1 x 3.5 inch


Radu Comsa, Passage introductif (Après le Disco), Sculpture

Radu Comsa

Passage introductif (Après le Disco), 2017
96.5 x 70.9 x 0.4 inch


Elena Bandurka, I see myself this way, Sculpture

Elena Bandurka

I see myself this way, 2020
65 x 21.7 x 21.7 inch


Balthazar Ausset, Série Impression rétinienne - Cartouche, Sculpture

Balthazar Ausset

Série Impression rétinienne - Cartouche, 2021
17.7 x 37.4 x 0.8 inch


Gor Avetisyan, Masked Observer in the Beginning, Sculpture

Gor Avetisyan

Masked Observer in the Beginning, 2021
18.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours Ferrari, Sculpture

Christophe Comerro

Pand'ours Ferrari, 2021
15.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch


C215, Kid, Sculpture


Kid, 2019
26.4 x 10.6 x 3.9 inch


Yvon Cochery, Aztek Trio 1/8, Sculpture

Yvon Cochery

Aztek Trio 1/8, 2000
13.4 x 6.3 x 3.5 inch


Vlad Olariu, Luxuria II, Sculpture

Vlad Olariu

Luxuria II, 2018
59.1 x 47.2 x 23.6 inch


Liesbeth Philippaers, Sweetheart, Sculpture

Liesbeth Philippaers

Sweetheart, 2020
15.7 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Laurent Deguitre, Tribute to some surrealists, Sculpture

Laurent Deguitre

Tribute to some surrealists, 2021
3.1 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch


Louis Sclafani, Amber Red Bottle, Sculpture

Louis Sclafani

Amber Red Bottle, 1990
29 x 10 x 5 inch


Dylan Martinez, Water Bag #A35, Sculpture

Dylan Martinez

Water Bag #A35, 2021
12.4 x 6.1 x 4.3 inch


Claire Fanjul, Crâne aux poissons étranges, Sculpture

Claire Fanjul

Crâne aux poissons étranges, 2021
4.7 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


Tatiana Blanco, Light Within, Sculpture

Tatiana Blanco

Light Within, 2017
26.8 x 21.3 x 13 inch


Ana Mazzei, Planta, Sculpture

Ana Mazzei

Planta, 2018
9.8 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch


Valerie Marty, Piaf Chanel Blanc et noir, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

Piaf Chanel Blanc et noir, 2020
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Philippe Pasqua, Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité, 2015
14.6 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch


Marc Sparza, La grande symphonie, Sculpture

Marc Sparza

La grande symphonie, 2021
33.1 x 17.3 x 3.5 inch


Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Her, 2015
18.5 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch


Mindaugas Juncys, Shatter, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Shatter, 2011
18.1 x 9.1 x 12.2 inch


Cécile de Kock, La mère et l'enfant, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

La mère et l'enfant, 2017
60.6 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


KiKo, Fashion Hermès oil, Sculpture


Fashion Hermès oil, 2021
23.6 x 15 x 15 inch


Alain Mimouni, Brooklyn, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Brooklyn, 2020
6.3 x 19.3 x 0.2 inch


Didier Saba, L'or j'adore, Sculpture

Didier Saba

L'or j'adore, 2021
11.8 x 9.4 x 1.6 inch


Jean Ribera, Femme tronc, Sculpture

Jean Ribera

Femme tronc, 2019
13 x 3.1 x 2.4 inch


Jihyung Nam, Dancing petals, Sculpture

Jihyung Nam

Dancing petals, 2021
31.5 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Peter Robinson, Over Under, Sculpture

Peter Robinson

Over Under, 2017
11.3 x 0.6 x 0.1 inch


Tina & Charly Campana & Ferrandes, IA, Sculpture

Tina & Charly Campana & Ferrandes

IA, 2020
19.1 x 23 x 1.2 inch


Lauren Kaplan, ZigZag Towers, Sculpture

Lauren Kaplan

ZigZag Towers, 2019
22.4 x 7 x 7 inch


Jean-Pascal Najean, Élégante bronze ajourée, Sculpture

Jean-Pascal Najean

Élégante bronze ajourée, 2021
30.7 x 4.7 x 7.9 inch


Belen Orta, La diosa Zeus, Sculpture

Belen Orta

La diosa Zeus, 2018
51.2 x 55.9 x 18.9 inch


Anastasiya Protsenko, The Sun, Sculpture

Anastasiya Protsenko

The Sun, 2019
14.4 x 24.8 x 2.8 inch


Coolé, Skate rose et bleu, Sculpture


Skate rose et bleu, 2020
36.6 x 23.2 x 5.9 inch


Yoann Merienne, Libeccio, Sculpture

Yoann Merienne

Libeccio, 2020
30.5 x 18.1 x 13 inch


Ghost Art, Money Bag Supreme, Sculpture

Ghost Art

Money Bag Supreme, 2020
21.7 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch


Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Versace, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Versace, 2019
35.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inch


William Barbosa, Untitled, Sculpture

William Barbosa

Untitled, 2008
16.5 x 9.4 x 12.6 inch


Inés Silva, Microcosme, Sculpture

Inés Silva

Microcosme, 2013
7.5 x 7.5 x 3.9 inch


Stratos, Les volutes, Sculpture


Les volutes, 2020
51.2 x 21.3 x 1.2 inch


Pavlina Rymerova, Man with bycicle, Sculpture

Pavlina Rymerova

Man with bycicle, 2020
11.4 x 4.3 x 2.4 inch


Martha Boto, Demi cercles, Sculpture

Martha Boto

Demi cercles, 1975
15.6 x 11.4 x 7.9 inch


Sylvie Guyomard, Desert Signe XIX (SG199), Sculpture

Sylvie Guyomard

Desert Signe XIX (SG199), 2021
20.5 x 16.7 x 1.2 inch


Jacqueline Schäfer, Strange Bird 4O, Sculpture

Jacqueline Schäfer

Strange Bird 4O, 2018
8.7 x 6.7 x 2 inch


Capocci, MICKEY FUCK BLACK MAT, Sculpture


6.3 x 2.8 x 4.3 inch


Sandra Chevrier, La cage où les gens pleurent, Sculpture

Sandra Chevrier

La cage où les gens pleurent, 2018
11.8 x 8.7 x 6.7 inch


Louis Magre, Le chat Avengers, Sculpture

Louis Magre

Le chat Avengers, 2020
17.7 x 10.6 x 7.1 inch


Our recommendations Jesus Campos, Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, Sculpture

Jesus Campos

Les espaces de Penseur de Rodin, 2004
11.8 x 5.5 x 5.9 inch


Robert Combas, Jason le cheval écologiste et les deux équilibristes de l’Ave Maria, Sculpture

Robert Combas

Jason le cheval écologiste et les deux équilibristes de l’Ave Maria, 2004
94.5 x 70.9 x 20.5 inch

100,000 - $ 250,000

Pablo Picasso, Picador et taureau, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Picador et taureau, 1959
16.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 inch


Vincent Duchêne, Jerrican'art Spyder, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

Jerrican'art Spyder, 2019
18.5 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch


Philippe Geluck, La réflexion du Chat, Sculpture

Philippe Geluck

La réflexion du Chat, 2016
17.3 x 16.5 x 17.3 inch


S2Bart, MailBox Love Gold, Sculpture


MailBox Love Gold, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


Jérôme Mesnager, Sans titre, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Sans titre, 2011
29.5 x 24.8 x 2 inch


Jo Di Bona, La Joconde, Sculpture

Jo Di Bona

La Joconde, 2019
8.3 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch


Hersk, Something to Suck 348, Sculpture


Something to Suck 348, 2021
24.4 x 9.8 x 2 inch


Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

L'européanisation du pop, 2017
15.7 x 8.1 x 7.9 inch


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