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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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Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt, Little Buddhab, Sculpture

Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt

Little Buddhab, 2020
5.9 x 4.3 x 4.7 inch


Amey, La brique 1, Sculpture


La brique 1, 2020
20.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Henri  Iglésis, Petit Bonhomme Rouge, Sculpture

Henri Iglésis

Petit Bonhomme Rouge, 2020
27.6 x 21.3 x 4.3 inch

2,500 - $ 5,000

Our recommendations Olivier Aubry, C19001, Sculpture

Olivier Aubry

C19001, 2001
7.5 x 3.9 x 3.9 inch


Our recommendations Deville-Chabrolle, Romantique, Sculpture


Romantique, 2016
7.1 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch


Brigitte Polémis, Heart love me, Sculpture

Brigitte Polémis

Heart love me, 2017
4.7 x 5.5 x 2 inch


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

50,000 - $ 100,000

Mirogi, Monaco, Sculpture


Monaco, 2016
15.4 x 15 x 13 inch


Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
14.6 x 11.8 x 3.9 inch


Dezache, MailBox Picsou, Sculpture


MailBox Picsou, 2021
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.3 inch


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


Aiiroh, Spartan, Sculpture


Spartan, 2020
14.6 x 7.5 x 13 inch


Jorge Mayet, Broken Landscape, Sculpture

Jorge Mayet

Broken Landscape, 2016
75 x 51 x 49 inch


Our recommendations David Moreno, Protegidos, Sculpture

David Moreno

Protegidos, 2019
78.7 x 31.5 x 18.9 inch


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


Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
28 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Our recommendations Jef Aérosol, Looking down, Sculpture

Jef Aérosol

Looking down, 2018
59.1 x 25.2 x 1 inch


tizlu, R2D2 And C3PO Fell In Love, Sculpture


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


Trois Kong, Picsou Diamant, Sculpture

Trois Kong

Picsou Diamant, 2021
27.6 x 13.4 x 17.3 inch


Yves Pires, Panthère, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Panthère, 2019
15.7 x 47.2 x 11.8 inch


Giorgio de Chirico, Muse of the Music, Sculpture

Giorgio de Chirico

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


Emmanuel Bour, Le gardien des sources, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

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


Our recommendations Jenny Jacottet, Égarement, Sculpture

Jenny Jacottet

Égarement, 2018
18.5 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch


Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

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


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


Julie Espiau, Rose des Sables, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Rose des Sables, 2021
6.3 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Bernar Venet, Effondrement : 10 Arcs, Sculpture

Bernar Venet

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


Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture


Corps Noir, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 15.7 inch


Hellen Halftermeyer, Videacier, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Videacier, 2020
17.3 x 16.9 x 11 inch


Julien Marinetti, Teddy Popi, Sculpture

Julien Marinetti

Teddy Popi, 2015
15.7 x 10.6 x 13 inch


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


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


Vincent Sabatier, Roboclusion - Michael Jackson, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

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


Bruno Ouvier, #22, Sculpture

Bruno Ouvier

#22, 2020
12.6 x 7.9 x 5.9 inch


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


Fabien Verschaere, Little Batman revisité, Sculpture

Fabien Verschaere

Little Batman revisité, 2017
9.1 x 4.3 x 3.9 inch


Bernard Rives, Big Misty !, Sculpture

Bernard Rives

Big Misty !, 2017
22 x 14.6 x 11 inch


Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse, Amour, Sculpture

Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse

Amour, 2020
17.3 x 28.3 x 10.2 inch


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


Mr. Brainwash, Life is Beautiful, Sculpture

Mr. Brainwash

Life is Beautiful, 2015
5.5 x 9.1 x 1.6 inch


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

Guillaume Allemand

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


Our recommendations Sun Hyuk Kim, From petty things, Sculpture

Sun Hyuk Kim

From petty things, 2014
37.4 x 20.1 x 15 inch


Mireia Serra, Rebel, Sculpture

Mireia Serra

Rebel, 2020
2.8 x 6.7 x 3.9 inch


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


Alberonero, Scala, Sculpture


Scala, 2019
32.7 x 22.4 x 12.2 inch


Fratz & Gio, Absolut 150 / Frozen Mouse, Sculpture

Fratz & Gio

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

10,000 - $ 15,000

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture


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


Thierry Martenon, N°080716 (TM46), Sculpture

Thierry Martenon

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


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


Tess, Karl Who?, Sculpture


Karl Who?, 2020
23.6 x 11.8 x 5.5 inch


Alain Vaissière, Kilou rouge, Sculpture

Alain Vaissière

Kilou rouge, 2017
5.9 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch


Our recommendations Xu Zhen, New, Sculpture

Xu Zhen

New, 2016
18.1 x 5.5 x 4.1 inch


Gediminas Endriekus, Passers-by, Sculpture

Gediminas Endriekus

Passers-by, 2020
13.4 x 5.1 x 8.7 inch


Helder Batista, Inclusion Lego, Sculpture

Helder Batista

Inclusion Lego, 2018
15.7 x 9.8 x 2.8 inch


Jérôme Fraignac, Spiderman, Sculpture

Jérôme Fraignac

Spiderman, 2020
27.2 x 51.2 x 5.1 inch


David Kracov, New York in my heart, Sculpture

David Kracov

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


Takahiro Kudo, Untitled (Horshoe Coin Purse), Sculpture

Takahiro Kudo

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


Kevin Rouillard, Sans titre, Sculpture

Kevin Rouillard

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 9.8 inch


Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture


Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch


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


Bounoure & Genevaux, A1-15, Sculpture

Bounoure & Genevaux

A1-15, 2020
18.1 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch


Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture


Tupac shoes, 2020
14.4 x 20.5 x 4.3 inch


Stefano Bombardieri, Struzzo Rubik, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Struzzo Rubik, 2016
22.8 x 15.7 x 8.3 inch


Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture


Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch


Le Diamantaire, Diamant Bleu, Sculpture

Le Diamantaire

Diamant Bleu, 2019
17.7 x 17.7 x 0.2 inch


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