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Wild animals

Wild animals, because of their impertinent beauty,  have fascinated humans since the beginning of times. This is not surprising given how closely our evolution is linked to that of other species. If domestic animals have been represented many times in art, wild animals also inhabit artworks. Symbols of power and brutality, or fantasized images of distant lands, the subjects of the animal realm are an endless source of inspiration for artists.

In rock art already, humans painted the fauna that surrounded them. However, it was in Antiquity, from Egypt to Greece, that wild animals began to be represented for a specific purpose. Indeed, the animal figure, sacralised and feared, systematically referred to religions and myths. The Egyptian pantheon and its representations were populated by men with animal heads, and many Greek vases were decorated with the effigy of the Hydra or the Minotaur.

With the advent of Christianity, followed by humanism, animals began to be portrayed as submissive and dominated by man. This symbolism was essential for religious messages. The Middle Ages were particularly fascinated by the figure of the unicorn, a poetic and mythical animal. Gradually, however, the representation became more naturalistic, as Renaissance artists attempted to represent nature as realistically as possible, particularly in drawings and engravings. Wild animals were also omnipresent in hunting and war scenes. Some even played with the limit between realism and imagination,for instance Bosh in his 'Garden of Delights'.

One of the most recurring figure of wildlife in art is undoubtedly the lion. In Baroque art in particular, obsessed with exotic animals, the theme of the savannah came up regularly. European colonial enterprises, and the stories of those who returned from the four corners of the world made artists' imaginations bubble. A master in this field, Rubens painted exotic and grandiose hunting scenes, featuring tigers, hippos or crocodiles...

This Orientalist trend made a comeback in the 19th century, with Delacroix distinguished himself in the representation of wild animals, especially tigers. Later on, symbolists such as Gauguin found in the painting of wild animals a way to express their own vision of reality by creating colourful and fantasized worlds. This paved the way for naive art, the most illustrious representative of which was Henri Rousseau, who used an illustrated book on wild animals found at the Galeries Lafayette to populate his paintings with exotic animals that invited escape.

Contemporary art also draws inspiration from the bestiary very regularly. One can think of National Geographic's famous photographs, now on display in museums all around the world. From a more experimental perspective, there is the example of Chinese artist Chang Lei, who had fun representing a wide variety of wildlife in her piece 'Animal Farm'. Jeff Koons, most famous for his Balloon Dogs,  also made the monkey his trademark. However, at a time when the issue of animal ethics is increasingly present, our relationship with animals is at the heart of moral concerns. Contemporary art is often criticised for its use of dead animals or for suspected abuse. Damien Hirst, in particular, created controversy by exhibiting sculptures presenting dead animals floating in blue formol.

But none of that on Artsper, where wildlife is celebrated, as you will be able to see in our selection!

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Richard Orlinski, Wild Kong, bleu mick, Sculpture

Richard Orlinski

Wild Kong, bleu mick, 2021
12.2 x 9.1 x 4.7 inch


Nathanael Koffi, Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, Sculpture

Nathanael Koffi

Symbole de Côte d’Ivoire, 2020
4.3 x 3 x 2.4 inch


Benjamin David, Harimau, Painting

Benjamin David

Harimau, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Ryohei Matsumoto, The Isle of Eternal Youth, Painting

Ryohei Matsumoto

The Isle of Eternal Youth, 2021
28.6 x 35.8 x 1.6 inch


Giovanna Jauregui, Andean condor, Painting

Giovanna Jauregui

Andean condor, 2020
39.4 x 29.5 inch


Filogonio Naxín, The voice of the mountain (tjara nindu), Print

Filogonio Naxín

The voice of the mountain (tjara nindu), 2021
17.7 x 24.4 inch


Carine Ricard, Le regard du tigre, Painting

Carine Ricard

Le regard du tigre, 2020
19.7 x 24 x 0.8 inch


Isabelle Carabantes, Lièvre, Sculpture

Isabelle Carabantes

Lièvre, 2020
17.9 x 8.5 x 7.9 inch


Pascal Chesneau, Éléphant, Sculpture

Pascal Chesneau

Éléphant, 2021
8.1 x 14.2 x 5.1 inch


Rocwood, Clip Horse, Sculpture


Clip Horse, 2021
39 x 77.6 x 96.5 inch


Mosko, Jaguar Profil Rose, Painting


Jaguar Profil Rose, 2021
13.8 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


André Robillard, L'océan pacifique indien, Fine Art Drawings

André Robillard

L'océan pacifique indien, 2015
7.9 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Ron English, African Elephant, Print

Ron English

African Elephant, 2015
34.3 x 23.8 inch


Cyril Réguerre, Sans titre (DED363315), Fine Art Drawings

Cyril Réguerre

Sans titre (DED363315), 2019
13.8 x 10.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Manat, M.Hamada, Painting


M.Hamada, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch


Hazel Soan, Dust cloud gathering, Painting

Hazel Soan

Dust cloud gathering, 2020
7.9 x 15 x 0.8 inch


Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture


Gianni diFranco, 2021
13.8 x 13 x 5.5 inch


Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
11.4 x 8.3 x 22.4 inch

$5,882 $6,684

Noir Artist, Black Lion, Fine Art Drawings

Noir Artist

Black Lion, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Anna, Cat's Family, Painting


Cat's Family, 2017
19.7 x 27.6 x 1.5 inch


Ama Menec, Persecuted, Sculpture

Ama Menec

Persecuted, 2019
4.3 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch


Stew, Sans titre, Painting


Sans titre, 2019
27.6 x 35.4 x 2 inch


Jacek Frackiewicz, Wanderer, Painting

Jacek Frackiewicz

Wanderer, 2018
11.8 x 9.4 inch


Maria Korusiewicz, Beware of dogs II, Print

Maria Korusiewicz

Beware of dogs II, 1999
13.8 x 19.7 inch


Brigitte Demange, Lion, Painting

Brigitte Demange

Lion, 2021
45.3 x 31.9 inch


Wabé, Les trésors d'Agathe, Sculpture


Les trésors d'Agathe, 2019
9.4 x 11.4 x 5.1 inch


Fran Bull, Zebras, Print

Fran Bull

Zebras, 1980
22.25 x 29.75 inch


Agnès Thurnauer, Biotope, Print

Agnès Thurnauer

Biotope, 2017
60 x 47 inch


Gabrielle Pool, Trnklestiltskins, Painting

Gabrielle Pool

Trnklestiltskins, 2020
11.8 x 16.5 inch


La Robotte, Menacée n°1 - Reproduction digigraphie, Print

La Robotte

Menacée n°1 - Reproduction digigraphie, 2020
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch


Lise Vurpillot, Paulus, Painting

Lise Vurpillot

Paulus, 2021
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch


florence Cadène, Premier né, Painting

florence Cadène

Premier né, 2021
21.3 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Pierre Ilhat, Petit chat, Sculpture

Pierre Ilhat

Petit chat, 2019
3.9 x 5.5 x 3.9 inch


Barbara Daeffler, Scarabée Goliath, Sculpture

Barbara Daeffler

Scarabée Goliath, 2021
6.7 x 17.7 x 21.7 inch


Jean Paul Kala, Parda, Sculpture

Jean Paul Kala

Parda, 2020
27.6 x 63 x 13.8 inch


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

Illusion Study no. 1, 2019
14.2 x 15.7 x 0.2 inch


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Bernadette Leclercq, Câlins, Painting

Bernadette Leclercq

Câlins, 2017
15.7 x 19.7 inch


Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Dani Garcia Sarabia, Contemplum #017, Photography

Dani Garcia Sarabia

Contemplum #017, 2019
13 x 19.7 x 0 inch


Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Eric Isselée, Herd of Elephants, Photography

Eric Isselée

Herd of Elephants, 2015
32.3 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Socrate, Wild Style, Print


Wild Style, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


Bruno Mallart, Le roi de la jungle, Fine Art Drawings

Bruno Mallart

Le roi de la jungle, 2020
8.7 x 8.7 x 1.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Orticanoodles, Zookeeper, Painting


Zookeeper, 2013
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Valerian Sioridzé, Buste lionne, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Buste lionne, 2020
9.8 x 4.3 x 6.7 inch


Art Vladi, Roe Deer, Painting

Art Vladi

Roe Deer, 2018
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Damien Hirst, Rainbow Heart, Print

Damien Hirst

Rainbow Heart, 2020
13.8 x 14.3 x 0.2 inch


Carley Cornelissen, Making an entrance, Painting

Carley Cornelissen

Making an entrance, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Tristan Eaton, Human Terror, Print

Tristan Eaton

Human Terror, 2019
22 x 24 inch


Kusbudiyanto, Bonding with Nature, Painting


Bonding with Nature, 2021
39.4 x 29.5 x 2 inch


Our recommendations Romain Duris, Untitled, Print

Romain Duris

Untitled, 2019
17.3 x 13.4 inch


Marie Christine Palombit, Earth Mind, Photography

Marie Christine Palombit

Earth Mind, 2018
25.2 x 41.3 x 0.8 inch


Peny Manavi, Animal Kingdom 3, Painting

Peny Manavi

Animal Kingdom 3, 2015
43.3 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch


Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
18 x 16 inch


Alex Llovet, Faraway So Close 37, Photography

Alex Llovet

Faraway So Close 37, 2015
11.8 x 17.3 inch


Rodrigo Arteaga, Entomology Cabinet, Fine Art Drawings

Rodrigo Arteaga

Entomology Cabinet, 2016
20.9 x 13 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Beata Bieniak, Flying Circus, Photography

Beata Bieniak

Flying Circus, 2011
18 x 16 inch


Ramiro Baptista, Bull, Painting

Ramiro Baptista

Bull, 2021
31.5 x 39.4 inch


Rodrigo Arteaga, Domestic Animals: Columba Livia 2, Sculpture

Rodrigo Arteaga

Domestic Animals: Columba Livia 2, 2018
15.6 x 13.8 x 1.8 inch


Stefano Bombardieri, Struzzo Rubik, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Struzzo Rubik, 2016
22.8 x 15.7 x 8.3 inch


Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni, Corrida, Print

Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni

Corrida, 1960
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


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