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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.

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Sculptures

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Paco Raphael, Balloon Bambi (Red), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Balloon Bambi (Red), 2020
9.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Maguy Banq, D'Or et de Bronze, Sculpture

Maguy Banq

D'Or et de Bronze, 2017
2.4 x 2.8 x 2 inch


Mario Dilitz, 185, Sculpture

Mario Dilitz

185, 2020
35.4 x 13.8 x 7.9 inch


Our recommendations Moons, Goldo Cash S, Sculpture


Goldo Cash S, 2019
21.7 x 29.5 x 3.5 inch


Emilie Muzy, LE CHEVAL, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

17.3 x 13.8 x 4.7 inch


Claude Justamon, Cocon, Sculpture

Claude Justamon

Cocon, 2017
9.8 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Totem Bleu Majorele, Sculpture

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Totem Bleu Majorele, 2018
23.6 x 2 x 1.6 inch


Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
50.2 x 20.5 x 20.5 inch


Daniel Tostivint, Sans titre, Sculpture

Daniel Tostivint

Sans titre, 2019
15.7 x 7.9 x 3.9 inch


MNFF, Mickey Pixel Frida, Sculpture


Mickey Pixel Frida, 2020
16.1 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch


Astro, #2, Sculpture


#2, 2019
20.9 x 17.7 x 5.9 inch


Kami, Petite renarde, Sculpture


Petite renarde, 2019
7.9 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Wilds, Tectonic plates I, Sculpture


Tectonic plates I, 2015
43.3 x 47.2 x 5.9 inch


Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt, Little Buddhab, Sculpture

Elisabeth Dupin-Sjöstedt

Little Buddhab, 2020
5.9 x 4.3 x 4.7 inch


Sneak, Bucket, Sculpture


Bucket, 2020
10.2 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch


Marie Ackers, Chat bleu, Sculpture

Marie Ackers

Chat bleu, 2020
5.9 x 8.7 x 9.8 inch


Pierre-Jean Chabert, Tête de gorille, Sculpture

Pierre-Jean Chabert

Tête de gorille, 2019
13.4 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch


Nouna, L'Envol - Jaune, Sculpture


L'Envol - Jaune, 2019
5.1 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Claude Como, Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, Sculpture

Claude Como

Abyssal Kaolin II Porcelaine, 2018
8.7 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch


Anne Guerrin, Les sages 7.1.5, Sculpture

Anne Guerrin

Les sages 7.1.5, 2019
40.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch


Catherine de Kerhor, Papa ours, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Papa ours, 2019
9.8 x 7.9 x 9.4 inch


Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Az, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Az, 2016
14.2 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch


Jacky Coville, L'ange, Sculpture

Jacky Coville

L'ange, 2014
24.8 x 9.4 x 11.6 inch


Gilles Nicolas, Le Chimpanzé hurlant 2/8, Sculpture

Gilles Nicolas

Le Chimpanzé hurlant 2/8, 2017
15.4 x 9.8 x 8.7 inch


Emmanuel Pons, iDoll, Sculpture

Emmanuel Pons

iDoll, 2017
17.7 x 5.9 x 5.5 inch


Val Carr-Ortolan, Le Minotaure, Sculpture

Val Carr-Ortolan

Le Minotaure, 2021
23.6 x 11.8 x 10.6 inch


Hei Yue, Poing I, Sculpture

Hei Yue

Poing I, 2016
16.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inch


Ciane Xavier, When Everything Stops, Sculpture

Ciane Xavier

When Everything Stops, 2020
20 x 50 x 15 inch


Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture


Plante carnivore, 2020
24.8 x 11.8 x 15.7 inch


Pierre Demonchaux, Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), Sculpture

Pierre Demonchaux

Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), 2015
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Maria Qamar, Shit Happens, Yaar!, Sculpture

Maria Qamar

Shit Happens, Yaar!, 2019
118.1 x 59.1 x 39.4 inch


Giorgio Laveri, Cerise noire et or, Sculpture

Giorgio Laveri

Cerise noire et or, 2019
27.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch


Véronique Clanet, Les Causeuses  --- Bronze - numéroté 1/8., Sculpture

Véronique Clanet

Les Causeuses --- Bronze - numéroté 1/8., 2009
10.6 x 15.7 x 10.2 inch


Haude Bernabé, Bubbles, Sculpture

Haude Bernabé

Bubbles, 2018
11.4 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch


J. Klyn, Burning Franklyn serie Dollar Yellow, Sculpture

J. Klyn

Burning Franklyn serie Dollar Yellow, 2017
11.8 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch


Alain Derda, Cochon Blanc, Sculpture

Alain Derda

Cochon Blanc, 2020
9.8 x 23.6 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Andrej Jakab, Male Nr. 121701, Sculpture

Andrej Jakab

Male Nr. 121701, 2016
19.1 x 10.8 x 3.5 inch


Aurelija Simkute, Untitled, Sculpture

Aurelija Simkute

Untitled, 2020
11 x 11.8 x 6.7 inch


Pauline Couble, Strates, Sculpture

Pauline Couble

Strates, 2019
25.6 x 13.8 x 10.6 inch


Françoise Abraham, Baby swing Batman, Sculpture

Françoise Abraham

Baby swing Batman, 2019
11.8 x 8.3 x 5.9 inch


Isabelle Jeandot, Le guerrier pacifique, Sculpture

Isabelle Jeandot

Le guerrier pacifique, 2010
15.4 x 13.8 x 10.2 inch


Kiko & Jayet, Ours Jayet Hermès, Sculpture

Kiko & Jayet

Ours Jayet Hermès, 2020
23.6 x 18.9 x 13 inch


Simon Raffy, Optical 3, Sculpture

Simon Raffy

Optical 3, 2014
3 x 3 x 3 inch


Evelyne Galinski, Naé, Sculpture

Evelyne Galinski

Naé, 2019
20.5 x 13 x 7.9 inch


Sino, Train Girl, Sculpture


Train Girl, 2018
7.1 x 20.5 x 2.8 inch


Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
6.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Rolf Julius, Echtgrün - hell, Sculpture

Rolf Julius

Echtgrün - hell, 1994
7.1 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


Marie-Madeleine Gautier, Et après?, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Gautier

Et après?, 2021
21.3 x 12.2 x 6.3 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

Babette Degraeve, King of the sofa, Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

King of the sofa, 2020
15.7 x 15.7 x 11 inch


Antoine Dufilho, Mercedes W1 96 FA, Sculpture

Antoine Dufilho

Mercedes W1 96 FA, 2020
5.9 x 29.9 x 12.6 inch

15,000 - $ 25,000

2Jobart, Licence to Suck (green), Sculpture


Licence to Suck (green), 2020
10.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 inch


Wang Kai Chen, Open all night, Sculpture

Wang Kai Chen

Open all night, 2015
74.8 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch


Jacques Bosser, Anaak, Sculpture

Jacques Bosser

Anaak, 2019
22.8 x 10.2 x 10.2 inch


Brian Edenel, Le Fou, Sculpture

Brian Edenel

Le Fou, 2020
9.8 x 9.4 x 4.7 inch


Jean-Marc Mariani, Bayaka, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Bayaka, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Our recommendations Martina Merlini, Untitled, Sculpture

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2019
25.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 inch


Erró, Cube, Sculpture


Cube, 2014
9.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Albert Chanut, Impérial, Sculpture

Albert Chanut

Impérial, 2016
12.2 x 5.1 x 3.9 inch


Hyo-Seok Jin, Composition 0218, Sculpture

Hyo-Seok Jin

Composition 0218, 2018
29.1 x 24.4 x 2.6 inch


Sylvie Derely, Farandole, Sculpture

Sylvie Derely

Farandole, 2017
13.4 x 24.8 x 3.9 inch


Thomas Danel, TD02, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD02, 2017
40.6 x 40.6 x 3.9 inch


Isabell Beyel, Untitled, Sculpture

Isabell Beyel

Untitled, 2017
55.1 x 39.4 x 5.9 inch


Pascal Borghi, Ange blessé 3, Sculpture

Pascal Borghi

Ange blessé 3, 2020
18.5 x 12.2 x 7.9 inch


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