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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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Shug, Shug monster, Sculpture


Shug monster, 2020
19.3 x 15.7 x 3.1 inch


Fernando Suarez Reguera, Ring, Sculpture

Fernando Suarez Reguera

Ring, 2020
17.7 x 31.5 x 31.5 inch


Yanne Kintgen, Echange embrouillamineux, Sculpture

Yanne Kintgen

Echange embrouillamineux, 2019
12.2 x 23.6 x 6.3 inch


Bernard Quentin, Terre - Gold, Sculpture

Bernard Quentin

Terre - Gold, 2019
3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch


Esterio Segura, Goodbye My Love 3, Sculpture

Esterio Segura

Goodbye My Love 3, 2013
14.6 x 59.1 x 7.1 inch


Li Hongbo, Little Girl, Sculpture

Li Hongbo

Little Girl, 2016
6.7 x 7.9 x 6.7 inch


Cyril Le Van, Baskets Adidas, Sculpture

Cyril Le Van

Baskets Adidas, 2013
5.1 x 7.1 x 12.2 inch


Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
23.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 inch


Marco Maggi, Frozen Ream, Sculpture

Marco Maggi

Frozen Ream, 2011
8.5 x 11 x 2 inch


Ivan Theimer, L'enfant, bronze surmonté de 60 bagues Senoufo, Sculpture

Ivan Theimer

L'enfant, bronze surmonté de 60 bagues Senoufo, 1995
12.2 x 11.8 x 12.2 inch


Astrid Dahl, Naticidae, Sculpture

Astrid Dahl

Naticidae, 2019
18.1 x 24.8 x 24.8 inch


Valeriano Trubbiani, Perché non voli?, Sculpture

Valeriano Trubbiani

Perché non voli?, 1973
13.8 x 32.7 x 9.4 inch


Karl Lagasse, Dollar Bill Green, Sculpture

Karl Lagasse

Dollar Bill Green, 2016
8.3 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


William Roobrouck, Subtige, Sculpture

William Roobrouck

Subtige, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 x 27.6 inch


Seyni Awa Camara, Femme aux kalaos, Sculpture

Seyni Awa Camara

Femme aux kalaos, 2011
40.2 x 15.4 x 10.6 inch


Palolo Valdes, Horse 1/4, Sculpture

Palolo Valdes

Horse 1/4, 2016
13.8 x 13.8 x 2.8 inch


Pierre Mouzat, Cheval, Sculpture

Pierre Mouzat

Cheval, 2018
10.6 x 14.2 x 3.5 inch


Lolek, Rumba, Sculpture


Rumba, 2016
22.4 x 21.7 x 8.7 inch


Gaia du Rivau, American Dream, Sculpture

Gaia du Rivau

American Dream, 2015
39.4 x 29.9 x 5.9 inch


Julie Jaler, Bonbon Hermès, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Bonbon Hermès, 2021
7.9 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch

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Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

Oreille 1a, 2019
29.1 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch


Semion Rabinkov, Two, Sculpture

Semion Rabinkov

Two, 2014
32.7 x 10.6 x 5.1 inch


Matei Negreanu, Sculpture, Sculpture

Matei Negreanu

Sculpture, 2015
7.9 x 7.9 x 1.6 inch


Claude Champy, Petit Panneau, Sculpture

Claude Champy

Petit Panneau, 2019
20.5 x 15 x 2.8 inch


Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

Stefan Yordanov

Bambi Twins, 2019
45.3 x 13.8 x 33.5 inch


Perrotte, Tororeador blanc nacré, Sculpture


Tororeador blanc nacré, 2020
51.6 x 17.7 x 17.7 inch

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Tjok Dessauvage, Univers parallèle, Sculpture

Tjok Dessauvage

Univers parallèle, 2014
5.9 x 10.4 x 10.4 inch


Stefan Ivanov, Situation III from the Project Placebo, Sculpture

Stefan Ivanov

Situation III from the Project Placebo, 2016
41.3 x 15 x 13.4 inch


Dave Baranes, Boîte Chanel, Sculpture

Dave Baranes

Boîte Chanel, 2020
9.4 x 12.2 x 4.7 inch


Annie Laurence Malleron, Shun, Sculpture

Annie Laurence Malleron

Shun, 2020
20.9 x 6.3 x 5.5 inch


Agnès Soustiel, Le Poisson porc-épic, Sculpture

Agnès Soustiel

Le Poisson porc-épic, 2020
13 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch


Claudio Palmieri, Germination, Sculpture

Claudio Palmieri

Germination, 2005
13.8 x 13 x 15 inch


Amedeo Bocchi, Head of Man, Sculpture

Amedeo Bocchi

Head of Man, 1920
11.8 x 7.5 x 4.3 inch


Alain Le Boucher, Galaxie des songes, Sculpture

Alain Le Boucher

Galaxie des songes, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 4.3 inch


Dominique Piveteaud, Überschreitung 3, Sculpture

Dominique Piveteaud

Überschreitung 3, 2012
23.6 x 25.6 x 1.6 inch


Hosup Hwang, Tête de Bouddha, Sculpture

Hosup Hwang

Tête de Bouddha, 2010
33.5 x 25.6 x 15.7 inch


Mun-Gi Yang, Chic rocks, Sculpture

Mun-Gi Yang

Chic rocks, 2015
7.9 x 19.3 x 5.9 inch


Marie-Noëlle Deverre, Boia boia, Sculpture

Marie-Noëlle Deverre

Boia boia, 2015
86.6 x 39.4 x 7.9 inch


Michal Trpak, Slight Uncertainty, Sculpture

Michal Trpak

Slight Uncertainty, 2018
70.1 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch


Tarek, Big Data #2, Sculpture


Big Data #2, 2017
9.4 x 9.4 x 0.8 inch


Marcoville, Sirène, Sculpture


Sirène, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 x 7.9 inch


Eléonore de Moffarts, Freedom (Avec 3 galets), Sculpture

Eléonore de Moffarts

Freedom (Avec 3 galets), 2017
24 x 18.9 x 13.8 inch


Jean Denant, Notre Mer, Sculpture

Jean Denant

Notre Mer, 2019
9.3 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Manuèle Bernardi, Valentime, Sculpture

Manuèle Bernardi

Valentime, 2021
13.8 x 15.7 x 4.7 inch


Quinto, Irreverent Keith vs Salvador Dali, Sculpture


Irreverent Keith vs Salvador Dali, 2020
13.4 x 4.7 x 4.7 inch


Delphine Grandvaux, Lierre, Sculpture

Delphine Grandvaux

Lierre, 2019
33.5 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch


Martine Goeyens, Ciao Amedeo, Sculpture

Martine Goeyens

Ciao Amedeo, 2010
7.9 x 3.1 x 2.4 inch

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Benjamin Grivot, Crate ES 1955, Sculpture

Benjamin Grivot

Crate ES 1955, 2019
40.9 x 15.7 x 4.3 inch


Diana Garcia, Be What You Dream, Sculpture

Diana Garcia

Be What You Dream, 2020
5.9 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Giacomo Balla, Pair of Placeholders, Sculpture

Giacomo Balla

Pair of Placeholders, 1930
8.9 x 3.4 x 0.1 inch


Vladimir Michev, Autumn, Sculpture

Vladimir Michev

Autumn, 2019
78.7 x 47.2 x 39.4 inch


Vitaliy Lishko, Sculpture Peacock Dove, Sculpture

Vitaliy Lishko

Sculpture Peacock Dove, 2019
8.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Piero Gilardi, Sedilsasso, Sculpture

Piero Gilardi

Sedilsasso, 1969
27.6 x 23.6 x 19.7 inch


Julien Garçia, Ours polaire, Sculpture

Julien Garçia

Ours polaire, 2015
33.5 x 19.7 x 55.1 inch


Thierry Mesquita, Accacia 1, Sculpture

Thierry Mesquita

Accacia 1, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 2.4 inch


Our recommendations Camille Leherpeur, Priest Mask, Sculpture

Camille Leherpeur

Priest Mask, 2014
12.2 x 5.5 x 9.8 inch


Dario Perez-Flores, Columna, Sculpture

Dario Perez-Flores

Columna, 1996
74.8 x 9.8 inch


Marin Marcos, Bardot, Sculpture

Marin Marcos

Bardot, 2014
22 x 6.7 x 11.8 inch


Yuri Zupancic, Mermod, Sculpture

Yuri Zupancic

Mermod, 2020
7.5 x 3.1 x 1 inch


Jean-Jacques Mancardi, 33 Floor - Dream graff, Sculpture

Jean-Jacques Mancardi

33 Floor - Dream graff, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 5.1 inch


Yann Perrier, Sphère n°1053, Sculpture

Yann Perrier

Sphère n°1053, 2020
6.1 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


Sylvia Katuszewski, Mur émaillé, tête et oiseaux, Sculpture

Sylvia Katuszewski

Mur émaillé, tête et oiseaux, 2014
24.4 x 13 x 4.7 inch


Boris Jean, New wave, Sculpture

Boris Jean

New wave, 2018
5.5 x 11.4 x 5.9 inch


Juliette Leperlier, Vice Versa II, Sculpture

Juliette Leperlier

Vice Versa II, 2018
5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


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