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Sport

Although art and physical education were considered completely opposing subjects at school, they have actually proven to be a perfect match in the art world. Sport in art has been depicted many times throughout history, and is particularly prominent in contemporary art.

In antiquity, the Greeks worshipped the youthful and athletic body, paintingthe events of the first Olympic Games on pottery in 776 BC. 

Whatever the medium (photography, painting, sculpture, collage, etc.), their anatomy, their psychological state, where they train or even their competitions; athletes are a never-ending source of inspiration for artists. Developing technology and the ability to travel have made the study of sports more accessible to amateurs everywhere. Whether represented in a realistic or symbolic way, sport is a recurrent theme for young artists. Join us at Artsper as we enter sport mode and unveil our very own Olympic podium of artworks.

Photography is probably the first medium we think of when we think about the artistic representation of sport. This is for technical reasons, as speed is needed to capture athletes at the height of their game. Snapshots of athletes are taken on the spot to better capture an accurate portrayal of not only their movements, but also the rising tension between opposite team members. 

Leader of the new wave, Gerry Cranham made a career out of athletics before becoming a coach himself. A passionate photographer, he took photos of the young athletes he trained in order to rectify their techniques, and analyse their running approach. After becoming a professional sports photographer at the age of 28, he quickly established a reputation, spearheading sport photography not only in England but also internationally. His photographs of rugby, football, tennis, wrestling and swimming, were printed worldwide in prestigious magazines such as Sports Illustrated and The Observer. 

Sport also inspired painters throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, which can be seen in Gustave Courbet's 1853 painting, The Wrestlers. This large format oil painting depicts two men engaged in 'French wrestling', in the former hippodrome on the Champs-Élysées. To the right of the painting there is a grandstand filled with spectators who are cheering on the athletes. Even Claude Monet explored the theme of sport with his 1872 work Regattas at Argenteuil, where sailboats leave mesmerising reflections on the water's surface. Meanwhile modern artist Nicolas de Staël, depicts an abstract football match with his work Footballers, where players can only be made out from the use of flat tints of colour that determine their team. 

Like Gerry Cranham, you can also find your calling through contemporary sport painting, sculpture and photography. Discover the works by both established and emerging artists like Victor Spahn, Isabelle Picarel, Michel Birot, Makiko Furuichi and others...  

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Dany Soyer, Regroupement, Painting

Dany Soyer

Regroupement, 2021
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$359

Ana Patitú, Covid Journey 1, Painting

Ana Patitú

Covid Journey 1, 2021
25.6 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,226

Remi Bertoche, Single Surfer, Print

Remi Bertoche

Single Surfer, 2008
39.4 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

$2,349

Jean Pierre De Neef, Waar is da feestje ? Grand Place de Bruxelles, 15 juillet 2018 - Le retour des Diables Rouges, Photography

Jean Pierre De Neef

Waar is da feestje ? Grand Place de Bruxelles, 15 juillet 2018 - Le retour des Diables Rouges, 2018
31.5 x 59.1 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,189

Franco Salas Borquez, 9e Prix Denis-Lalanne, Print

Franco Salas Borquez

9e Prix Denis-Lalanne, 2021
17.7 x 12.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$606

Speedy Graphito, Karma Super, Sculpture

Speedy Graphito

Karma Super, 2007
15.7 x 11 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$11,005

Patrick Villas, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Patrick Villas

Untitled, 2013
19.3 x 25.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,484

Florent Touchot, James, Painting

Florent Touchot

James, 2018
63 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$3,462

Our recommendations Julie Peiffer, La Femme Rousse, Photography

Julie Peiffer

La Femme Rousse, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$2,597

Philippe  Hiquily, Marathonienne, Sculpture

Philippe Hiquily

Marathonienne, 2020
6.3 x 4.5 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$742

Vladimir Velickovic, 26ème Trophée Lancôme, Print

Vladimir Velickovic

26ème Trophée Lancôme, 1995
29.5 x 21.3 inch
Print

$556

Our recommendations Gerry Cranham, White Hart Lane, Photography

Gerry Cranham

White Hart Lane, 1964
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,855

Our recommendations Joost Wensveen, Blackrock, Photography

Joost Wensveen

Blackrock, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$2,906

Laurent Gudin, Lamb I, Photography

Laurent Gudin

Lamb I, 2009
18.9 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,411

tizlu, Freedom, Sculpture

tizlu

Freedom, 2021
35.4 x 34.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,781 $2,968

Laget81, My Nastase, Painting

Laget81

My Nastase, 2019
18.1 x 24 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,935

Polo 51.67, His aimess, Print

Polo 51.67

His aimess, 2018
16.1 x 22 inch
Print

$111

Jodi Bieber, Cardiff by night, Photography

Jodi Bieber

Cardiff by night, 2003
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,265

Our recommendations Cristina Aldehuela, Lelo 1, Photography

Cristina Aldehuela

Lelo 1, 2014
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,608

Sandro Chia, Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Sandro Chia

Untitled, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$1,731

Catherine de Kerhor, Papa ours, Sculpture

Catherine de Kerhor

Papa ours, 2019
9.8 x 7.9 x 9.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,997

Babette Degraeve, Kleine pup met bot (Small puppy with bone), Sculpture

Babette Degraeve

Kleine pup met bot (Small puppy with bone), 2019
3.5 x 3.9 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$804

Elisa Haberer, Plongeurs, Photography

Elisa Haberer

Plongeurs, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$4,204

Giovanni Omiccioli, Soccer Pitch, Print

Giovanni Omiccioli

Soccer Pitch, 1973
26 x 37.4 x 0.1 inch
Print

$1,175

Zhang Wei Guang, Baseball, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Zhang Wei Guang

Baseball, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$618

Corinne Dubreuil, Serena, Photography

Corinne Dubreuil

Serena, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,298

Uwe Ommer, Foot de rue, Photography

Uwe Ommer

Foot de rue, 1962
15.7 x 18.9 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,484

Our recommendations Patrick Gripe, Polytechnique, Photography

Patrick Gripe

Polytechnique, 2001
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,175

João Luiz Bulcão, Brasil 2, Photography

João Luiz Bulcão

Brasil 2, 2000
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$989

Carine Manjoo, Chien de chasse, Painting

Carine Manjoo

Chien de chasse, 2015
16.1 x 13 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$445

Jean-François Talivez, Power struggle, Photography

Jean-François Talivez

Power struggle, 1992
23.6 x 15.7 inch
Photography

$1,088

Robert Franz Curry, Chien et faon, Painting

Robert Franz Curry

Chien et faon, 1938
25.8 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$737

Omar Galliani, East, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Omar Galliani

East, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$1,546

Gérard Uféras, Bolchoi I, Photography

Gérard Uféras

Bolchoi I, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,669

Mark Leech, Diego, Photography

Mark Leech

Diego, 1980
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,311

Frédéric de Torcy, Golfeur droit devant !, Painting

Frédéric de Torcy

Golfeur droit devant !, 2021
41.3 x 55.1 inch
Painting

$2,597

Jeffrey Isaac, Diversions, Print

Jeffrey Isaac

Diversions, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$742

Zhou Zhiwei, Equestrian, Print

Zhou Zhiwei

Equestrian, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$519

Alfredo Sosabravo, Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, Print

Alfredo Sosabravo

Athleticism, Original Lithograph by Alfredo Sosabravo, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$989

Matteo Basilè, Game Lover, Olympic Games Beijing, Photography

Matteo Basilè

Game Lover, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$727 $1,039

Tommaso Cascella, Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Tommaso Cascella

Waterpolo, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$547

Christophe Paucelier, Michel Desjoyeaux, Photography

Christophe Paucelier

Michel Desjoyeaux, 2008
23.6 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,113

Our recommendations Michel Birot, Frères, Photography

Michel Birot

Frères, 2005
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$4,884

Nelson Leirner, Hot dog, Print

Nelson Leirner

Hot dog, 2013
11.8 x 27.6 inch
Print

$2,473

Jean Tourlonias, Spéciale Alain Prost, Painting

Jean Tourlonias

Spéciale Alain Prost, 1995
23.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,710

Boom Art, Highsnobiety Diptych / 2 Surfboards / 2 Surfboards Limited Edition, Sculpture

Boom Art

Highsnobiety Diptych / 2 Surfboards / 2 Surfboards Limited Edition, 2016
61.4 x 20.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$4,452

Elvira Carrasco, Raspberry 2/7, Photography

Elvira Carrasco

Raspberry 2/7, 2017
53.1 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$2,968

Isabelle Picarel, Ecosse, Photography

Isabelle Picarel

Ecosse, 2013
20.9 x 31.5 inch
Photography

$1,298

Philippe De Poulpiquet, Le Plongeon, Photography

Philippe De Poulpiquet

Le Plongeon, 1998
23.6 x 35.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,484

Piero Pizzi Cannella, Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Piero Pizzi Cannella

Little world map Rome Peking, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

< $ 2,500

Guillaume Herbaut, Tchernobyl, Photography

Guillaume Herbaut

Tchernobyl, 2009
23.6 x 29.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,648

Our recommendations Julien Poupart, Ensemble, Photography

Julien Poupart

Ensemble, 2011
15.7 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$1,175

Filiberto Vitaliano Rossi, Pekingese Family of Dogs, Painting

Filiberto Vitaliano Rossi

Pekingese Family of Dogs, 1939
27.6 x 39.8 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$8,656

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, Print

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Olympic Balloons – Sarajevo 1984, 1984
33.5 x 24.4 x 0 inch
Print

$14,839

Bertrand Desprez, Le jour de gloire, Photography

Bertrand Desprez

Le jour de gloire, 1998
15.7 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$3,215

Bruno Charoy, Tracks II, Photography

Bruno Charoy

Tracks II, 2014
15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$989

Satish Gupta, Arjuna the Ace Archer, Print

Satish Gupta

Arjuna the Ace Archer, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$866

Giuseppe Gallo, Boxers, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Giuseppe Gallo

Boxers, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$563

Alberto Di Fabio, Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Alberto Di Fabio

Canoe, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$603

Trevor Gould, Swimming, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Trevor Gould

Swimming, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$804

Fabio Mauri, Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Fabio Mauri

Tennis, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$965

Alexander de Cadenet, Epicentre, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Alexander de Cadenet

Epicentre, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
27.6 x 37.2 x 0 inch
Print

$742

Pier Augusto Breccia, Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, Print

Pier Augusto Breccia

Olympic Connections, Olympic Games Beijing, 2008
37.2 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Print

$684

Thomas Hoeffgen, Soweto, Photography

Thomas Hoeffgen

Soweto, 2009
15.7 x 21.3 x 0 inch
Photography

$2,968

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