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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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Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt, Little Buddhab, Sculpture

Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt

Little Buddhab, 2020
5.9 x 4.3 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,380

Amey, La brique 1, Sculpture

Amey

La brique 1, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,004

Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme Rouge, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme Rouge, 2020
27.6 x 21.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

2,500 - $ 5,000

Our recommendations Olivier Aubry, C19001, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19001, 2001
7.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$565

Our recommendations Deville-Chabrolle, Romantique, Sculpture

Deville-Chabrolle

Romantique, 2016
7.1 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Brigitte Polémis, Heart love me, Sculpture

Brigitte Polémis

Heart love me, 2017
4.7 x 5.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$389

Romain Langlois, Attraction de l'espace I, Sculpture

Romain Langlois

Attraction de l'espace I, 2015
47.6 x 46.9 x 42.5 inch
Sculpture

50,000 - $ 100,000

Mirogi, Monaco, Sculpture

Mirogi

Monaco, 2016
15.4 x 15 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$12,546

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,133

Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture

Dezache

MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Philippe Druillet, Le Dieu Noir - Noir mat, Sculpture

Philippe Druillet

Le Dieu Noir - Noir mat, 2020
4.9 x 4.9 x 4.9 inch
Sculpture

$502

Aiiroh, Spartan, Sculpture

Aiiroh

Spartan, 2020
14.6 x 7.5 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Jorge Mayet, Broken Landscape, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Broken Landscape, 2016
75 x 51 x 49 inch
Sculpture

$38,000

Our recommendations David Moreno, Protegidos, Sculpture

David Moreno

Protegidos, 2019
78.7 x 31.5 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,782

Bruno Mallart, Au pied de la lettre, Sculpture

Bruno Mallart

Au pied de la lettre, 2018
16.9 x 10.6 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,391

Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
28 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,638

Our recommendations Jef Aérosol, Looking down, Sculpture

Jef Aérosol

Looking down, 2018
59.1 x 25.2 x 1 inch
Sculpture

$5,771

tizlu, R2D2 And C3PO Fell In Love, Sculpture

tizlu

R2D2 And C3PO Fell In Love, 2021
3.9 x 2.8 x 2.6 inch
Sculpture

$351

Trois Kong, Picsou Diamant, Sculpture

Trois Kong

Picsou Diamant, 2021
27.6 x 13.4 x 17.3 inch
Sculpture

$13,800

Yves Pires, Panthère, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Panthère, 2019
15.7 x 47.2 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$9,409

Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

Muse of the Music, 1980
9.4 x 2.3 x 0 inch
Sculpture

$6,900

Emmanuel Bour, Le gardien des sources, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Le gardien des sources, 2018
21.7 x 23.2 x 15.4 inch
Sculpture

$9,409

Our recommendations Jenny Jacottet, Égarement, Sculpture

Jenny Jacottet

Égarement, 2018
18.5 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,513

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
51.2 x 31.5 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,918

Luo Li Rong, Ligne de ton dos, Sculpture

Luo Li Rong

Ligne de ton dos, 2016
6.3 x 13.4 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$7,527

Julie Espiau, Rose des Sables, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Rose des Sables, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$565

Bernar Venet, Effondrement : 10 Arcs, Sculpture

Bernar Venet

Effondrement : 10 Arcs, 2016
4.7 x 19.7 x 19.9 inch
Sculpture

$37,637

Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture

Shaka

Corps Noir, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$16,309

Hellen Halftermeyer, Videacier, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Videacier, 2020
17.3 x 16.9 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$2,384

Julien Marinetti, Teddy Popi, Sculpture

Julien Marinetti

Teddy Popi, 2015
15.7 x 10.6 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$16,058

Our recommendations Aspencrow, Polar Kid, Ash/Pink, Sculpture

Aspencrow

Polar Kid, Ash/Pink, 2020
11.8 x 8.3 x 7.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,066

Vincent Sabatier, Roboclusion - Michael Jackson, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Roboclusion - Michael Jackson, 2020
9.8 x 6.3 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$1,882

Bruno Ouvier, #22, Sculpture

Bruno Ouvier

#22, 2020
12.6 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,070

Mauro Corda, Ballon bouche bée vert italien, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Ballon bouche bée vert italien, 2018
86.6 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Fabien Verschaere, Little Batman revisité, Sculpture

Fabien Verschaere

Little Batman revisité, 2017
9.1 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Bernard Rives, Big Misty !, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Big Misty !, 2017
22 x 14.6 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$4,077

Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse, Amour, Sculpture

Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse

Amour, 2020
17.3 x 28.3 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$15,055

Julio Le Parc, Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, 2017
31.5 x 12.6 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$12,546

Mr. Brainwash, Life is Beautiful, Sculpture

Mr. Brainwash

Life is Beautiful, 2015
5.5 x 9.1 x 1.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,371

Guillaume Allemand, 2017-03-P7 (GA18), Sculpture

Guillaume Allemand

2017-03-P7 (GA18), 2017
11 x 11 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$477

Our recommendations Sun Hyuk Kim, From petty things, Sculpture

Sun Hyuk Kim

From petty things, 2014
37.4 x 20.1 x 15 inch
Sculpture

$5,646

Mireia Serra, Rebel, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Rebel, 2020
2.8 x 6.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,229

Mister Luca T, Campbell’s Soup Mickey, Sculpture

Mister Luca T

Campbell’s Soup Mickey, 2019
6.3 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,255

Alberonero, Scala, Sculpture

Alberonero

Scala, 2019
32.7 x 22.4 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,262

Fratz & Gio, Absolut 150 / Frozen Mouse, Sculpture

Fratz & Gio

Absolut 150 / Frozen Mouse, 2016
59.1 x 18.9 x 20.5 inch
Sculpture

10,000 - $ 15,000

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

L'Oiseau dans la main, 2016
7.9 x 8.3 x 4.5 inch
Sculpture

$31,364

Thierry Martenon, N°080716 (TM46), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

N°080716 (TM46), 2017
19.3 x 61 x 2.2 inch
Sculpture

$33,873

Toni Chartier et Guillaume Sea (GT), Vanité Clown velours rose, Sculpture

Toni Chartier et Guillaume Sea (GT)

Vanité Clown velours rose, 2018
7.9 x 11.8 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$4,266

Tess, Karl Who?, Sculpture

Tess

Karl Who?, 2020
23.6 x 11.8 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,192

Alain Vaissière, Kilou rouge, Sculpture

Alain Vaissière

Kilou rouge, 2017
5.9 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$627

Our recommendations Xu Zhen, New, Sculpture

Xu Zhen

New, 2016
18.1 x 5.5 x 4.1 inch
Sculpture

$6,750

Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2020
13.4 x 5.1 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$10,664

Helder Batista, Inclusion Lego, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Inclusion Lego, 2018
15.7 x 9.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$8,155

Jérôme Fraignac, Spiderman, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Spiderman, 2020
27.2 x 51.2 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,513

David Kracov, New York in my heart, Sculpture

David Kracov

New York in my heart, 2015
22 x 24.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$9,284

Takahiro Kudo, Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), Sculpture

Takahiro Kudo

Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), 2016
3.7 x 3.3 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,269

Kevin Rouillard, Sans titre, Sculpture

Kevin Rouillard

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,018

Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture

Gelitin

Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,147

Merry Kerpitchian (Merry K), Le bal est fini, Sculpture

Merry Kerpitchian (Merry K)

Le bal est fini, 2017
20.5 x 9.4 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$7,276

Bounoure & Genevaux, A1-15, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

A1-15, 2020
18.1 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$916

Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$728

Stefano Bombardieri, Struzzo Rubik, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Struzzo Rubik, 2016
22.8 x 15.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$30,110

Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture

Moons

Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,446

Le Diamantaire, Diamant Bleu, Sculpture

Le Diamantaire

Diamant Bleu, 2019
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.2 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

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