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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
Painting

$1,315

Valerian Sioridzé, Buste Lion, Sculpture

Valerian Sioridzé

Buste Lion, 2020
10.2 x 4.3 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$607

Kerry Darlington, Ancient Pathway, Print

Kerry Darlington

Ancient Pathway, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Print

$1,170

Steven Rudin, Party in Patchogue, Photography

Steven Rudin

Party in Patchogue, 2018
52 x 56 x 3 inch
Photography

5,000 - $ 10,000

Skima, Kerchak, Fine Art Drawings

Skima

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

$11,383

Eduardo Gova, AjurocJUROC, Fine Art Drawings

Eduardo Gova

AjurocJUROC, 2019
5.6 x 6.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$212

Raymond Waydelich, Feu, Print

Raymond Waydelich

Feu, 2005
19.7 x 26 x 0.2 inch
Print

$885

Jean Duranel, Envoi de fleurs, Painting

Jean Duranel

Envoi de fleurs, 2018
36.2 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,059

Robert Combas, Le rhino, Print

Robert Combas

Le rhino, 2021
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$2,390

R.Nuage, Black Owl, Painting

R.Nuage

Black Owl, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$379

Patrick Villas, Tête de lionne II, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

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

$22,765

Samsofy, Chuck, Photography

Samsofy

Chuck, 2017
23.6 x 15.7 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$202

Manat, Fedor Nabokov, Painting

Manat

Fedor Nabokov, 2020
51.2 x 37 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,363

Monsieur Mollotov, Le roi de la jungle, Painting

Monsieur Mollotov

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

$4,047

Stew, Sans titre, Painting

Stew

Sans titre, 2019
27.6 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,277

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

$1,644

Mosko, Baby jaguar, Painting

Mosko

Baby jaguar, 2020
39.4 x 21.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,806

Stefano Bombardieri, Struzzo Rubik, Sculpture

Stefano Bombardieri

Struzzo Rubik, 2016
22.8 x 15.7 x 8.3 inch
Sculpture

$30,354

Gilles Capton, Charolaise, Painting

Gilles Capton

Charolaise, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,162

Jessica Das, Felix Maximus 1, Print

Jessica Das

Felix Maximus 1, 2014
25.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$126

Gilles Nicolas, Le Rhinocéros courant, Sculpture

Gilles Nicolas

Le Rhinocéros courant, 2017
6.3 x 16.9 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$12,647

Noir Artist, Black Lion, Fine Art Drawings

Noir Artist

Black Lion, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$822

Jean Paul Kala, Parda, Sculpture

Jean Paul Kala

Parda, 2020
27.6 x 63 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$40,472

Noir Artist, Pink Claws, Painting

Noir Artist

Pink Claws, 2017
63.8 x 44.1 x 2 inch
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Brigitte Demange, Jumper, Painting

Brigitte Demange

Jumper, 2020
51.2 x 35.4 inch
Painting

$6,577

Anna, Cat's Family, Painting

Anna

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

$734

Guillaume Piot, Âne, Print

Guillaume Piot

Âne, 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$114

Faith XLVII, The Natural Law, Painting

Faith XLVII

The Natural Law, 2018
70 x 30 inch
Painting

$12,000

Sylvie Mangaud, Chevreuil, Sculpture

Sylvie Mangaud

Chevreuil, 2020
11.4 x 7.5 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$4,680

Ghislaine Ferreira, Loup 7, Print

Ghislaine Ferreira

Loup 7, 2019
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$632

Pierre Schwartz, Vautour fauve 04, Photography

Pierre Schwartz

Vautour fauve 04, 2015
15.7 x 24 inch
Photography

$949

Hélène Legrand, La chasse au buffle, Painting

Hélène Legrand

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

$4,427

Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Print

Agathe Wagner

Reciprocity 8, 2016
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$126

Agnès Thurnauer, Biotope, Print

Agnès Thurnauer

Biotope, 2017
60 x 47 inch
Print

$2,529

Valentina Murabito, Illusion Study no. 1, Photography

Valentina Murabito

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

$6,324

Hélène Legrand, Pattes de girafe, Fine Art Drawings

Hélène Legrand

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

$4,806

Eric Isselée, Lion cubs playing, Photography

Eric Isselée

Lion cubs playing, 2015
29.5 x 29.5 x 2 inch
Photography

$3,162

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Print

$240

Tomislav Petranovic Rvat, Ptica, Print

Tomislav Petranovic Rvat

Ptica, 1974
25.4 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Print

$506

Arturo Checchi, Il Barocciaio, Print

Arturo Checchi

Il Barocciaio, 1939
14.1 x 20 x 0.1 inch
Print

$949

Maria Ginzburg, The Tiger, Fine Art Drawings

Maria Ginzburg

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

$443

Ule Ewelt, Lionesse, Sculpture

Ule Ewelt

Lionesse, 2020
9.4 x 22 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,782

François Rambaud, Panthère cristal, Sculpture

François Rambaud

Panthère cristal, 2016
21.7 x 59.1 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$13,280

Our recommendations Mike Ellis, Convergence, Painting

Mike Ellis

Convergence, 2021
37.8 x 37.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,238

Orticanoodles, Zookeeper, Painting

Orticanoodles

Zookeeper, 2013
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Painting

$771

Beata Bieniak, Flying Circus, Photography

Beata Bieniak

Flying Circus, 2011
18 x 16 inch
Photography

$759

Kyoko Dufaux, Rabbit and crocodiles, Painting

Kyoko Dufaux

Rabbit and crocodiles, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch
Painting

$569

Arno Elias, Mtoto, Photography

Arno Elias

Mtoto, 2018
38 x 52 inch
Photography

$18,000

Cyril Réguerre, Félin, Painting

Cyril Réguerre

Félin, 2019
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,012

Socrate, Wild Style, Print

Socrate

Wild Style, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

$253

David Popiashvili, Girl with a Cat, Painting

David Popiashvili

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

$1,600

A-MO, Cheval, Painting

A-MO

Cheval, 2017
78.7 x 137.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$6,956

Tomadee, Wild, Painting

Tomadee

Wild, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,312

Dariusz Klimczak, Hippohome, Photography

Dariusz Klimczak

Hippohome, 2012
18 x 16 inch
Photography

$759

Krayon, Black Sheep, Print

Krayon

Black Sheep, 2018
11.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$76

Michael Alan, Giraffe, Fine Art Drawings

Michael Alan

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

$4,600

Our recommendations Bernard Conforti, The penguin, Sculpture

Bernard Conforti

The penguin, 2017
16.9 x 16.5 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$5,438

Miguel Branco, Untitled (Diana), Sculpture

Miguel Branco

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

$6,324

Clément Reisky, Eléphant, Photography

Clément Reisky

Eléphant, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,142

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

$1,201

Britt Kleiberg, Gecko, Painting

Britt Kleiberg

Gecko, 2008
27.6 x 70.9 x 1.8 inch
Painting

$2,750

Marie Thys, Hippo, Sculpture

Marie Thys

Hippo, 2018
7.5 x 13 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,541

Nawar Haidar, Window, Painting

Nawar Haidar

Window, 2012
39.4 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,600

Nadine Wilmet, Priska, Painting

Nadine Wilmet

Priska, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$316

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