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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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Louis Magre, Le chat Avengers, Sculpture

Louis Magre

Le chat Avengers, 2020
17.7 x 10.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

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
Sculpture

$866

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
Sculpture

$1,593

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
Sculpture

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
Sculpture

$18,818

Vincent Duchêne, Jerrican'art Spyder, Sculpture

Vincent Duchêne

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

$3,136

Philippe Geluck, La réflexion du Chat, Sculpture

Philippe Geluck

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

$20,700

S2Bart, MailBox Love Gold, Sculpture

S2Bart

MailBox Love Gold, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,274 $3,638

Jérôme Mesnager, Sans titre, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Sans titre, 2011
29.5 x 24.8 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,760

Hersk, Something to Suck 348, Sculpture

Hersk

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

$815

Virginia Benedicto, Ariane, Sculpture

Virginia Benedicto

Ariane, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,576

Kaws, Along The Way Brown, Sculpture

Kaws

Along The Way Brown, 2019
10.5 x 9 x 4 inch
Sculpture

$1,822

Jo Di Bona, La Joconde, Sculpture

Jo Di Bona

La Joconde, 2019
8.3 x 7.9 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Jacques Villeglé, L'européanisation du pop, Sculpture

Jacques Villeglé

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

$4,516

Our recommendations Levalet, Vase, Sculpture

Levalet

Vase, 2017
16.5 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,756

Aldo Chaparro, Totem, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Totem, 2020
78.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$36,382

Gregos, Smile, Sculpture

Gregos

Smile, 2014
8.3 x 8.3 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$439

Maxime Plancque, N°280, Sculpture

Maxime Plancque

N°280, 2019
70.5 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,262

Martín Duque, Degas Danseur de Ballet, Sculpture

Martín Duque

Degas Danseur de Ballet, 2004
17.3 x 6.3 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$803

Li Lihong, Mickey China - Argent, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey China - Argent, 2013
9.4 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,129

Diederik Van Apple, Enjoy your life, Sculpture

Diederik Van Apple

Enjoy your life, 2018
9.4 x 5.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$232

Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$11,166

Arno Sebban, Famille, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Famille, 2019
77.6 x 18.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,893

Our recommendations Jan Kaláb, Honour to Brancusi, Sculpture

Jan Kaláb

Honour to Brancusi, 2019
118.1 x 47.2 x 47.2 inch
Sculpture

$14,929

Sébastien Créteur, Monyalos Fuschia (rose reflex) N°1/8, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Monyalos Fuschia (rose reflex) N°1/8, 2015
3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$477

Philip Hearsey, First impression, Sculpture

Philip Hearsey

First impression, 2014
7.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Vhils, Crack Series #05, Sculpture

Vhils

Crack Series #05, 2020
39.4 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$27,224

François Schuiten, L'Atlantic 12, Sculpture

François Schuiten

L'Atlantic 12, 2016
9.1 x 3.9 x 16.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,007

Linde Ergo, Les amoureux, Sculpture

Linde Ergo

Les amoureux, 2017
18.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,701

Jorn Van Hoorn, Hooked by love white, Sculpture

Jorn Van Hoorn

Hooked by love white, 2020
15.7 x 11.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Our recommendations Invader, Space Waffle, Sculpture

Invader

Space Waffle, 2011
5.9 x 8.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$18,818

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
Sculpture

$314

Daniel Arsham, Eroded 911 turbo, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Eroded 911 turbo, 2020
3.1 x 5.1 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,527

Zenoy, Pavé parisien rose, Sculpture

Zenoy

Pavé parisien rose, 2019
3.7 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$565

Raphaël Laventure, Joy, Sculpture

Raphaël Laventure

Joy, 2019
51.2 x 30.3 x 16.1 inch
Sculpture

$27,099

Philippe  Hiquily, La Grande Galipette, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

La Grande Galipette, 1988
66.9 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$112,911

Yaacov Agam, Bible, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Bible, 1992
11 x 8.7 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,631

Dr. Love, Banksy street pop (a tribute to Banksy sculpture), Sculpture

Dr. Love

Banksy street pop (a tribute to Banksy sculpture), 2020
8.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$501

Nicolas Krauss, Teddy Love Chrome, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

Teddy Love Chrome, 2020
9.1 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,638

Piotre, One dollar old school, Sculpture

Piotre

One dollar old school, 2020
5.9 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$615

Caroline Brisset, Sax (CB49), Sculpture

Caroline Brisset

Sax (CB49), 2018
16.5 x 2.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,255

Marc Boffin, Chanel Board, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Chanel Board, 2020
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$690

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Diner with an acrobat, 2017
13 x 5.1 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,882

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

Luke Newton

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

$4,280

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Unicorn, 2019
21.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,527

Bruno Roudil, Anthonin, Sculpture

Bruno Roudil

Anthonin, 2019
6.7 x 16.9 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$401

Stathis Alexopoulos, French Bulldog, Sculpture

Stathis Alexopoulos

French Bulldog, 2019
8.7 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$690

Rakel Wajnberg, Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, Sculpture

Rakel Wajnberg

Malab'art gout steve McQueen vintage, 2018
23.6 x 15.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$9,409

Our recommendations César Baldaccini, Compression après la fête, Sculpture

César Baldaccini

Compression après la fête, 1974
2.2 x 0.7 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,531

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2020
57.1 x 14.2 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,387

William David, Abélia, Sculpture

William David

Abélia, 2020
28.3 x 15.7 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Alexandre Nicolas, Vanité, Sculpture

Alexandre Nicolas

Vanité, 2003
6.7 x 6.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$4,767

Betsy Enzensberger, Red & Magenta Glitter Popsicle, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Red & Magenta Glitter Popsicle, 2019
25 x 10 x 10 inch
Sculpture

$3,513

Charlotte Champion, Big Culbuton, Sculpture

Charlotte Champion

Big Culbuton, 2014
9.8 x 5.9 x 22.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,273

Shelby, Picsou & Bart Mailbox, Sculpture

Shelby

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

$4,266

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
17.7 x 112.2 x 29.1 inch
Sculpture

$112,911

VanBinh, Bird I, Sculpture

VanBinh

Bird I, 2021
9.4 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$853

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

Chants d’oiseaux, 1992
21.3 x 26.8 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,664

Our recommendations David Gerstein, Biking B, Sculpture

David Gerstein

Biking B, 1998
22 x 55.1 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$14,427

Antonio Segui, Bacan, Tito & Boby, Tilingo and Julian, Sculpture

Antonio Segui

Bacan, Tito & Boby, Tilingo and Julian, 2002
19.7 x 39.4 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$7,527

Hiro Ando, Panda San Blue, Sculpture

Hiro Ando

Panda San Blue, 2011
19.7 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$18,818

Pinkhas, Pez Gold Minnie, Sculpture

Pinkhas

Pez Gold Minnie, 2018
39 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$7,276

William Sweetlove, Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, Sculpture

William Sweetlove

Cloned Bulldog with pet bottle, 2011
18.5 x 19.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,155

Nasti, Impression 3D, Sculpture

Nasti

Impression 3D, 2020
10.6 x 8.7 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,229

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