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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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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


Pedro Moreno Linares, Espaces ouverts, Sculpture

Pedro Moreno Linares

Espaces ouverts, 2010
16.9 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
20.9 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch


Francesco Marino Di Teana, Hommage à Lao Tseu H.16 cm chromée, Sculpture

Francesco Marino Di Teana

Hommage à Lao Tseu H.16 cm chromée, 2019
6.3 x 3.3 x 1.6 inch


Marie Ackers, Chat bleu, Sculpture

Marie Ackers

Chat bleu, 2020
5.9 x 8.7 x 9.8 inch


Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
22.4 x 11.8 x 8.3 inch


Patricia Guinois Messica, Olwass, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Olwass, 2018
10.2 x 13 x 6.3 inch


Alain Boullet, Couple, Sculpture

Alain Boullet

Couple, 2005
12.6 x 4.3 x 4.3 inch


Babette Degraeve, Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Mollige pup (Chubby puppy), 2019
15.7 x 8.7 x 17.3 inch


Kokimoto, Safety First!, Sculpture


Safety First!, 2019
14.6 x 15.4 x 18.1 inch


Anastasia Kurakina, Teardrops, Sculpture

Anastasia Kurakina

Teardrops, 2019
9.6 x 9.6 x 1.2 inch


Yazid Oulab, Monolithe, Sculpture

Yazid Oulab

Monolithe, 2012
80.7 x 31.5 x 19.7 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


Christine Jamet, Taureau marron, Sculpture

Christine Jamet

Taureau marron, 2018
18.1 x 9.1 x 16.5 inch


Sébastien Ruiz, Femme volcan, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

Femme volcan, 2016
11.4 x 5.1 x 7.5 inch


Yves Hayat, Je t'aime rouge séquestré, Sculpture

Yves Hayat

Je t'aime rouge séquestré, 2018
39.4 x 9.8 x 4.7 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


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


Charles Khoury, Untitled, Sculpture

Charles Khoury

Untitled, 2019
20.9 x 6.3 x 6.7 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


Amimono, Printemps Quai de Seine, Sculpture


Printemps Quai de Seine, 2019
27.6 x 39.4 x 2.8 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


Grégoire Lavigne, Abri 4, Sculpture

Grégoire Lavigne

Abri 4, 2019
8.7 x 6.7 x 2.8 inch


Marianne Cresson, Branche n°6, Sculpture

Marianne Cresson

Branche n°6, 2018
66.5 x 26 x 22 inch


Guillaume Couffignal, Architecture, Sculpture

Guillaume Couffignal

Architecture, 2019
20.5 x 8.7 x 4.3 inch


Our recommendations Aloyzas Smilingis, Beach II (Plage II, Sculpture Bronze), Sculpture

Aloyzas Smilingis

Beach II (Plage II, Sculpture Bronze), 1982
16.5 x 6.7 x 7.5 inch


Gilbert Frizon, Ex-tension XXVII, Sculpture

Gilbert Frizon

Ex-tension XXVII, 2016
8.7 x 15.7 x 7.1 inch


Alain Gilier, Bouquetin, Sculpture

Alain Gilier

Bouquetin, 2016
33.9 x 17.7 x 15.4 inch


Jean-Luc Parant, Sans titre, Sculpture

Jean-Luc Parant

Sans titre, 2020
15.4 x 37 x 2 inch


Songlin Ji, Une ligne, Sculpture

Songlin Ji

Une ligne, 2019
94.5 x 63 x 11.8 inch


Gregorio Siem, Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Sphere Orange and Blue - Variable Code, 2019
27.6 x 26.8 x 26.8 inch


Claude Gilli, Nice 1990 (Ed. 2019), Sculpture

Claude Gilli

Nice 1990 (Ed. 2019), 2019
6.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inch


Théo Mercier, La bête à deux dos, Sculpture

Théo Mercier

La bête à deux dos, 2011
100 x 66 x 55 inch


Nino Franchina, Composition with Nails, Sculpture

Nino Franchina

Composition with Nails, 1970
18.5 x 3.1 x 2 inch


Afro Basaldella, Boy with Turkey, Sculpture

Afro Basaldella

Boy with Turkey, 1955
51.4 x 38.6 x 0.6 inch


Patrick Berthaud, Mina, Sculpture

Patrick Berthaud

Mina, 2019
16.5 x 13.8 x 7.5 inch


Thierry  Lagalla, Dans la série la vie au trop - Trop tard, Sculpture

Thierry Lagalla

Dans la série la vie au trop - Trop tard, 2013
5.5 x 2.4 x 0.4 inch


Mark Jenkins, Level Up, Sculpture

Mark Jenkins

Level Up, 2019
42 x 54 x 26 inch


Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Tentative de reconstruction, Sculpture

Ignasi Aballí

Tentative de reconstruction, 2018
4.3 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Our recommendations Thomas Médicus, Head instructor (TME01), Sculpture

Thomas Médicus

Head instructor (TME01), 2018
29.1 x 24 x 24 inch


Adrienne Jalbert, Gisèle s’envole (AJ27), Sculpture

Adrienne Jalbert

Gisèle s’envole (AJ27), 2014
47.2 x 59.1 x 59.1 inch


Laure Simoneau, La Jeune Fille A La Perle, Sculpture

Laure Simoneau

La Jeune Fille A La Perle, 2017
17.7 x 7.9 x 9.8 inch


Our recommendations Olivier Moravik, Radius, Sculpture

Olivier Moravik

Radius, 2017
16.5 x 39.4 x 15 inch


James Coignard, Arlequin bleu, Sculpture

James Coignard

Arlequin bleu, 2005
19.7 x 6.3 x 2.4 inch


Fidia  Faleschetti, Apple Care (Green edition), Sculpture

Fidia Faleschetti

Apple Care (Green edition), 2017
4.7 x 3.9 x 3.1 inch


Shen Yongji, Persévérance, Sculpture

Shen Yongji

Persévérance, 2016
19.7 x 16.9 x 9.1 inch


Marie Baslé, Eunecte, Sculpture

Marie Baslé

Eunecte, 2010
28.3 x 15.7 x 2 inch


Présence Panchounette, L'ancienne comédie, Sculpture

Présence Panchounette

L'ancienne comédie, 1988
42.1 x 28 x 26.8 inch

50,000 - $ 100,000

In the Woup, Mario X Saitama, Sculpture

In the Woup

Mario X Saitama, 2021
25.2 x 18.7 x 1 inch


Rietje Geurts, Grote Ruggensteun, Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Grote Ruggensteun, 2014
33.5 x 11 x 6.7 inch


Li  Shigong, Golden Cabbage n°2, Sculpture

Li Shigong

Golden Cabbage n°2, 2014
8.7 x 5.1 x 5.9 inch


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