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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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Benjamin David, Georges, Painting

Benjamin David

Georges, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch


Valerian Sioridzé, Buste Lion, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Buste Lion, 2020
10.2 x 4.3 x 6.7 inch


Kerry Darlington, Ancient Pathway, Print

Kerry Darlington

Ancient Pathway, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Steven Rudin, Party in Patchogue, Photography

Steven Rudin

Party in Patchogue, 2018
52 x 56 x 3 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Skima, Kerchak, Fine Art Drawings


Kerchak, 2020
59.1 x 39.4 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Eduardo Gova, AjurocJUROC, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Gova

AjurocJUROC, 2019
5.6 x 6.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Raymond Waydelich, Feu, Print

Raymond Waydelich

Feu, 2005
19.7 x 26 x 0.2 inch


Jean Duranel, Envoi de fleurs, Painting

Jean Duranel

Envoi de fleurs, 2018
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Robert Combas, Le rhino, Print

Robert Combas

Le rhino, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch


R.Nuage, Black Owl, Painting


Black Owl, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Patrick Villas, Tête de lionne II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Tête de lionne II, 2015
24.8 x 17.7 x 19.7 inch


Samsofy, Chuck, Photography


Chuck, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch


Manat, Fedor Nabokov, Painting


Fedor Nabokov, 2020
51.2 x 37 x 0.8 inch


Monsieur Mollotov, Le roi de la jungle, Painting

Monsieur Mollotov

Le roi de la jungle, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 1 inch


Stew, Sans titre, Painting


Sans titre, 2019
27.6 x 35.4 x 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


Mosko, Baby jaguar, Painting


Baby jaguar, 2020
39.4 x 21.3 x 1.6 inch


Stefano Bombardieri, Struzzo Rubik, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Struzzo Rubik, 2016
22.8 x 15.7 x 8.3 inch


Gilles Capton, Charolaise, Painting

Gilles Capton

Charolaise, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch


Gilles Nicolas, Le Rhinocéros courant, Sculpture

Gilles Nicolas

Le Rhinocéros courant, 2017
6.3 x 16.9 x 9.1 inch


Noir Artist, Black Lion, Fine Art Drawings

Noir Artist

Black Lion, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Jean Paul Kala, Parda, Sculpture

Jean Paul Kala

Parda, 2020
27.6 x 63 x 13.8 inch


Noir Artist, Pink Claws, Painting

Noir Artist

Pink Claws, 2017
63.8 x 44.1 x 2 inch

5,000 - $ 10,000

Brigitte Demange, Jumper, Painting

Brigitte Demange

Jumper, 2020
51.2 x 35.4 inch


Anna, Cat's Family, Painting


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


Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch


Faith XLVII, The Natural Law, Painting


The Natural Law, 2018
70 x 30 inch


Sylvie Mangaud, Chevreuil, Sculpture

Sylvie Mangaud

Chevreuil, 2020
11.4 x 7.5 x 2 inch


Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch


Pierre Schwartz, Vautour fauve 04, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Vautour fauve 04, 2015
15.7 x 24 inch


Hélène Legrand, La chasse au buffle, Painting

Hélène Legrand

La chasse au buffle, 1990
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch


Agnès Thurnauer, Biotope, Print

Agnès Thurnauer

Biotope, 2017
60 x 47 inch


Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

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


Hélène Legrand, Pattes de girafe, Fine Art Drawings

Hélène Legrand

Pattes de girafe, 1980
51.2 x 32.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 inch


ErriC, Another Dimension, Print


Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch


Tomislav Petranovic Rvat, Ptica, Print

Tomislav Petranovic Rvat

Ptica, 1974
25.4 x 17.7 x 0 inch


Arturo Checchi, Il Barocciaio, Print

Arturo Checchi

Il Barocciaio, 1939
14.1 x 20 x 0.1 inch


Maria Ginzburg, The Tiger, Fine Art Drawings

Maria Ginzburg

The Tiger, 2018
18.9 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Ule Ewelt, Lionesse, Sculpture

Ule Ewelt

Lionesse, 2020
9.4 x 22 x 11.8 inch


François Rambaud, Panthère cristal, Sculpture

François Rambaud

Panthère cristal, 2016
21.7 x 59.1 x 13.8 inch


Our recommendations Mike Ellis, Convergence, Painting

Mike Ellis

Convergence, 2021
37.8 x 37.8 x 1.2 inch


Orticanoodles, Zookeeper, Painting


Zookeeper, 2013
39.4 x 27.6 inch


Beata Bieniak, Flying Circus, Photography

Beata Bieniak

Flying Circus, 2011
18 x 16 inch


Kyoko Dufaux, Rabbit and crocodiles, Painting

Kyoko Dufaux

Rabbit and crocodiles, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch


Arno Elias, Mtoto, Photography

Arno Elias

Mtoto, 2018
38 x 52 inch


Cyril Réguerre, Félin, Painting

Cyril Réguerre

Félin, 2019
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch


Socrate, Wild Style, Print


Wild Style, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch


David Popiashvili, Girl with a Cat, Painting

David Popiashvili

Girl with a Cat, 2020
16.9 x 12 x 1.6 inch


A-MO, Cheval, Painting


Cheval, 2017
78.7 x 137.8 x 0.4 inch


Tomadee, Wild, Painting


Wild, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
18 x 16 inch


Krayon, Black Sheep, Print


Black Sheep, 2018
11.7 x 15.7 inch


Michael Alan, Giraffe, Fine Art Drawings

Michael Alan

Giraffe, 2019
14 x 11 x 0.04 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Our recommendations Bernard Conforti, The penguin, Sculpture

Bernard Conforti

The penguin, 2017
16.9 x 16.5 x 6.3 inch


Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

Untitled (Diana), 2016
9.8 x 14.2 x 4.1 inch


Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Elia Pagliarino, Specimen N°18, Fine Art Drawings

Elia Pagliarino

Specimen N°18, 2017
16.1 x 9.8 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings


Britt Kleiberg, Gecko, Painting

Britt Kleiberg

Gecko, 2008
27.6 x 70.9 x 1.8 inch


Marie Thys, Hippo, Sculpture

Marie Thys

Hippo, 2018
7.5 x 13 x 4.7 inch


Nawar Haidar, Window, Painting

Nawar Haidar

Window, 2012
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch


Nadine Wilmet, Priska, Painting

Nadine Wilmet

Priska, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


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