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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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Sylvie Mangaud, Chevreuil, Sculpture

Sylvie Mangaud

Chevreuil, 2020
11.4 x 7.5 x 2 inch


BayGui, Panbou, Sculpture


Panbou, 2020
21.3 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Carlos Mata, Chien, Sculpture

Carlos Mata

Chien, 2004
7.9 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch


Sandra Courlivant, Cavalier du Naadam, Sculpture

Sandra Courlivant

Cavalier du Naadam, 2020
11.4 x 16.5 x 5.5 inch


Sei Arimori, Paysage à angle droit, Sculpture

Sei Arimori

Paysage à angle droit, 2019
6.7 x 9.3 x 3.5 inch


Frances Goodman, Studded Kiss, Sculpture

Frances Goodman

Studded Kiss, 2016
15 x 30 x 2 inch


Vincent Magni, Humanobile Bleu, Sculpture

Vincent Magni

Humanobile Bleu, 2019
70.1 x 21.7 x 17.7 inch


Anne Rabion, Kona, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Kona, 2019
8.3 x 13.8 x 4.3 inch


Mr Live, Picsou Hulk, Sculpture

Mr Live

Picsou Hulk, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 3.1 inch


Christian Della Giustina, Bleu Azur, Sculpture

Christian Della Giustina

Bleu Azur, 2019
15.7 x 12.6 x 5.1 inch


Olivier de Sagazan, Fer et bois, Sculpture

Olivier de Sagazan

Fer et bois, 2008
38.2 x 7.9 x 6.3 inch


Lucette Brandy, Petite femme au bouquet de fleurs, Sculpture

Lucette Brandy

Petite femme au bouquet de fleurs, 2018
9.4 x 6.3 x 6.7 inch


Sébastien Ruiz, Femme volcan, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

Femme volcan, 2016
11.4 x 5.1 x 7.5 inch


Alexandre Mijatovic, Comment pleurent les hommes, Sculpture

Alexandre Mijatovic

Comment pleurent les hommes, 2017
19.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Alain Olivieri, Distanciation, Sculpture

Alain Olivieri

Distanciation, 2020
5.5 x 5.9 x 2.4 inch


Céline Mahiques, Canette Louis Vuitton, Sculpture

Céline Mahiques

Canette Louis Vuitton, 2020
4.7 x 4.7 x 3.9 inch


Nadya Bertaux, La ronde du vent 122, Sculpture

Nadya Bertaux

La ronde du vent 122, 2017
48 x 48 x 1.6 inch


BadFace, Lollipops Hermès, Sculpture


Lollipops Hermès, 2020
10.6 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Marie-Noëlle Ronayette, Garden Party, Sculpture

Marie-Noëlle Ronayette

Garden Party, 2020
45.7 x 15.7 x 12.2 inch


Raffi Yedalian, Development, Sculpture

Raffi Yedalian

Development, 2019
13 x 8.7 x 9.4 inch


Clemens Briels, Contentio 20/35, Sculpture

Clemens Briels

Contentio 20/35, 2011
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Koji Kasatani, Banana series 1, Sculpture

Koji Kasatani

Banana series 1, 2020
7.9 x 4.7 x 1.6 inch


Alexandra Gestin, Totem, Sculpture

Alexandra Gestin

Totem, 2020
27.6 x 3.9 x 0.4 inch


Annabelle Delaigue, Sahara, Sculpture

Annabelle Delaigue

Sahara, 2010
18.9 x 6.3 x 4.3 inch


Philippe Leleu, Alopitèque double socle métal gold & black, Sculpture

Philippe Leleu

Alopitèque double socle métal gold & black, 2019
18.3 x 18.5 x 3.9 inch


Liset Castillo, Spectrum: Order/Disorder, Sculpture

Liset Castillo

Spectrum: Order/Disorder, 2016
59.1 x 74.8 x 2 inch


Alquimiamc, Badboy Red, Sculpture


Badboy Red, 2018
25.6 x 20.5 x 15.7 inch


Christine Jamet, Taureau marron, Sculpture

Christine Jamet

Taureau marron, 2018
18.1 x 9.1 x 16.5 inch


Alberto Ascaso, La chica del norte 4/8, Sculpture

Alberto Ascaso

La chica del norte 4/8, 2012
35.4 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch


Lindsey De Ovies, S.O.S, Sculpture

Lindsey De Ovies

S.O.S, 2015
10.2 x 6.7 x 5.9 inch


Diego Canogar, Enroscada helicoide II, Sculpture

Diego Canogar

Enroscada helicoide II, 2011
15 x 7.5 x 6.3 inch


Nell et Domingo Politi, Ondas 1, Sculpture

Nell et Domingo Politi

Ondas 1, 2017
15.7 x 5.9 x 0.2 inch


Iván Navarro, Assembly line, Sculpture

Iván Navarro

Assembly line, 2007
9.1 x 24 x 10 inch


Georges Jeanclos, Le Dormeur, Sculpture

Georges Jeanclos

Le Dormeur, 1977
4.3 x 9.1 x 18.1 inch


Evert den Hartog, Ijsbeer No. 3, Sculpture

Evert den Hartog

Ijsbeer No. 3, 2015
15 x 22.4 x 7.1 inch


Raymond Poulet, Les Violons Engloutis, Sculpture

Raymond Poulet

Les Violons Engloutis, 2021
8.3 x 16.1 x 9.1 inch


Alexandre Ferrand, C.D Silk Skate, Sculpture

Alexandre Ferrand

C.D Silk Skate, 2021
31.5 x 7.9 x 2 inch


Madame, Pot aux roses, Sculpture


Pot aux roses, 2021
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.2 inch


Mlle Terite, Sans titre, Sculpture

Mlle Terite

Sans titre, 2018
26 x 6.5 x 0.4 inch


Brice Gelot, Let's adore and endure, Sculpture

Brice Gelot

Let's adore and endure, 2020
8.3 x 5.1 x 5.1 inch


Gérard Fournier, Galet, Sculpture

Gérard Fournier

Galet, 2020
1 x 4.3 x 2.8 inch


David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Ensemble (DV11), 2019
16.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch


Crixo Aponte, Taurus, Sculpture

Crixo Aponte

Taurus, 2020
51.2 x 41.3 x 70.9 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
20.9 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch


Jean Paul Kala, Kazumba, Sculpture

Jean Paul Kala

Kazumba, 2020
20.1 x 5.1 x 15.7 inch


Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.3 inch


Kokimoto, Safety First!, Sculpture


Safety First!, 2019
14.6 x 15.4 x 18.1 inch


William Roobrouck, Désire perceptible, Sculpture

William Roobrouck

Désire perceptible, 2017
86.6 x 59.1 x 23.6 inch


Suzanne Larrieu, La Femme Bleue, Sculpture

Suzanne Larrieu

La Femme Bleue, 2014
13.8 x 12.4 x 8.7 inch


Daniele Sigalot, 100 paper planes simultaneously hitting the wall, Sculpture

Daniele Sigalot

100 paper planes simultaneously hitting the wall, 2018
86.6 x 70.9 x 3.9 inch


Guti, Liloudebout - 1/1, Sculpture


Liloudebout - 1/1, 2014
15 x 7.9 x 2.4 inch


Gite, Mini Taureau (NOIR), Sculpture


Mini Taureau (NOIR), 2019
4.3 x 5.1 x 9.8 inch


Mireille Hottinger, Toliman, Sculpture

Mireille Hottinger

Toliman, 2021
32.3 x 5.9 x 3.9 inch


Béatrice Alice Lafitte-Irigaray, Joke Dog 2, Sculpture

Béatrice Alice Lafitte-Irigaray

Joke Dog 2, 2019
27.6 x 15.7 x 26 inch


Pedro Moreno Linares, Espaces ouverts, Sculpture

Pedro Moreno Linares

Espaces ouverts, 2010
16.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch


Our recommendations Wang Shu Hui, Drapeau français, Sculpture

Wang Shu Hui

Drapeau français, 2014
25.2 x 37 x 1.6 inch


Théo Drucker, Water, Sculpture

Théo Drucker

Water, 2020
31.5 x 55.1 x 1.6 inch


Éliane Monnin, Erro, Sculpture

Éliane Monnin

Erro, 2020
6.3 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Yuki Nara, Bone Flower 09'18, Sculpture

Yuki Nara

Bone Flower 09'18, 2018
15 x 11.4 x 10.6 inch


Hyacinthe Ouattara, Signes de L'âme, Sculpture

Hyacinthe Ouattara

Signes de L'âme, 2020
70.9 x 33.5 x 5.9 inch


Carlos Garcia Noriega Bueno, Alma Dura II, Sculpture

Carlos Garcia Noriega Bueno

Alma Dura II, 2017
47.2 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Patricia Guinois Messica, Olwass, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Olwass, 2018
10.2 x 13 x 6.3 inch


Antoine Vidal, April (AV04), Sculpture

Antoine Vidal

April (AV04), 2017
15 x 3.1 x 2.8 inch


Boom Art, Klimt Surfboard, Sculpture

Boom Art

Klimt Surfboard, 2020
72.8 x 18.9 x 2.2 inch


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