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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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Miguel Guía, Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Cubiste Cheval Guernica Rouge, 2021
28 x 12 x 9 cm


M.Chat, Baby Cat Original, Sculpture


Baby Cat Original, 2021
50 x 36 x 33 cm


Philippe Buil, Sortir du bois, Sculpture

Philippe Buil

Sortir du bois, 2021
38 x 17 x 15 cm


Christophe Charbonnel, Dryade II, Sculpture

Christophe Charbonnel

Dryade II, 2021
51 x 48 x 48 cm


Li Lihong, Mini Michelin China Silver, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mini Michelin China Silver, 2020
10 x 9 x 8 cm


Alain Mimouni, Billionaire Club Bear, Sculpture

Alain Mimouni

Billionaire Club Bear, 2021
30 x 15 x 6 cm


Hersk, Goldo V1, Sculpture


Goldo V1, 2021
30 x 50 x 25 cm

< $ 2,500

Patrick Villas, Petit Léopard sur le rocher, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Petit Léopard sur le rocher, 2017
29 x 23 x 16 cm


Aspencrow, Censored, Sculpture


Censored, 2020
21 x 11 x 7 cm


S2Bart, Batman, Sculpture


Batman, 2021
25 x 21 x 20 cm


Clet Abraham, Uscita di Sicurezza, Sculpture

Clet Abraham

Uscita di Sicurezza, 2019
40 x 70 x 10 cm


Artigas Planas, Summer II, Sculpture

Artigas Planas

Summer II, 2021
38 x 28 x 13 cm


Marc Petit, Le crucifié, Sculpture

Marc Petit

Le crucifié, 2004
107 x 60 x 24 cm


Nicolas Krauss, Fast Food Mc Donald, Sculpture

Nicolas Krauss

Fast Food Mc Donald, 2021
27 x 20 x 23 cm


Vincent Sabatier, Astérix, Sculpture

Vincent Sabatier

Astérix, 2021
25 x 16 x 5 cm


Sébastien Créteur, Fission, Sculpture

Sébastien Créteur

Fission, 2018
43.2 x 21.6 x 21 cm


Eric Liot, Athéna, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Athéna, 2020
99 x 48 x 30 cm


Money Talk, Mr. Cash, Sculpture

Money Talk

Mr. Cash, 2021
28 x 10 x 14 cm


Jérôme Mesnager, Passion, Sculpture

Jérôme Mesnager

Passion, 2021
22 x 11 x 5 cm


Miss Tic, Il Faut Beaucoup D'Efforts Pour Ne Plus En Faire, Sculpture

Miss Tic

Il Faut Beaucoup D'Efforts Pour Ne Plus En Faire, 2021
42.5 x 19 x 9.5 cm


Bruno Boffa, Barbie Bear Lovers, Sculpture

Bruno Boffa

Barbie Bear Lovers, 2021
29 x 15 x 10 cm


David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Equilibre (DV17), 2021
67 x 9 x 5 cm


Benji Pop Art, Maca-Art Dior Pêche M, Sculpture

Benji Pop Art

Maca-Art Dior Pêche M, 2021
5 x 5 x 2.5 cm


Spaco, Five N°5 Chanel Supreme jordan, Sculpture


Five N°5 Chanel Supreme jordan, 2021
24 x 20 x 6 cm


Valerie Marty, L'Ange, Sculpture

Valerie Marty

L'Ange, 2021
84 x 45 x 30 cm


Valérie Hadida, Eternel Amour (#2/8), Sculpture

Valérie Hadida

Eternel Amour (#2/8), 2021
84 x 32 x 36 cm


Nathalie Zelman, Dark Not So Dark, Sculpture

Nathalie Zelman

Dark Not So Dark, 2021
124 x 50 x 50 cm


PyB, Hope warhol soup, Sculpture


Hope warhol soup, 2021
20 x 20 x 3 cm


Julie Espiau, Abandonée, Sculpture

Julie Espiau

Abandonée, 2021
10 x 22 x 17 cm


Chantal de Block, Marie Clara, Sculpture

Chantal de Block

Marie Clara, 2019
67 x 30 x 30 cm

< $ 2,500

Âme Sauvage, Panthère sauvage, Sculpture

Âme Sauvage

Panthère sauvage, 2021
14 x 43 x 7 cm


Noze, Air Jordan Velour Royal, Sculpture


Air Jordan Velour Royal, 2021
53 x 61 x 10 cm


Nathalie Molla, Urban Bear, Sculpture

Nathalie Molla

Urban Bear, 2021
29 x 15 x 8 cm


HARISSART, Mail Box Hermes, Sculpture


Mail Box Hermes, 2021
132 x 35 x 25 cm


Shakeart83, Kong Graff, Sculpture


Kong Graff, 2021
20 x 14.5 x 6 cm

$392 $435

Shelby, Chaplin Layers, Sculpture


Chaplin Layers, 2021
50 x 22 x 10 cm


Patrick Chappert-Gaujal, Sans titre, Sculpture

Patrick Chappert-Gaujal

Sans titre, 2019
37 x 36 x 12 cm


Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso Madoura Ceramic Pitcher - Yan Barbu, Ramié 513, Sculpture

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso Madoura Ceramic Pitcher - Yan Barbu, Ramié 513, 1963
27.3 x 17.8 x 10.2 cm


Boris Jean, Tour Eiffel, Sculpture

Boris Jean

Tour Eiffel, 2017
61 x 32 x 32 cm


Sébastien Ruiz, Le légionnaire, Sculpture

Sébastien Ruiz

Le légionnaire, 2020
29 x 12 x 18 cm


Arman, Violon Coupe III, Sculpture


Violon Coupe III, 2004
62 x 20 x 16.5 cm


Rietje Geurts, Verleiding (Temptation), Sculpture

Rietje Geurts

Verleiding (Temptation), 2019
44 x 12 x 10 cm


Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles, Kéra, Sculpture

Marie-Madeleine Vitrolles

Kéra, 2019
35 x 7 x 7 cm

$258 $286

Anna Sidi Yacoub, Galaxy III /Triptych, Sculpture

Anna Sidi Yacoub

Galaxy III /Triptych, 2021
90 x 270 x 3 cm


Irena Tone, Cactus, Sculpture

Irena Tone

Cactus, 2020
110 x 40 x 40 cm

$3,684 $4,093

Jean-François Fouilhoux, Louise, Sculpture

Jean-François Fouilhoux

Louise, 2020
33 x 35 x 11 cm


Olivier DeGroote, Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, Sculpture

Olivier DeGroote

Louis Vuitton Gold Cup Shaker Mug, 2021
25.5 x 10 x 10 cm


Milko Dobrev, Composition - Genesis, Sculpture

Milko Dobrev

Composition - Genesis, 2021
23 x 23 x 7 cm


Aldo Chaparro, You, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

You, 2008
101.6 x 264.2 x 5.1 cm


Brice Gelot, Message in the bottle, Sculpture

Brice Gelot

Message in the bottle, 2021
25 x 33 x 15 cm


Gaspard Mitz, Special delivery, Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Special delivery, 2021
24 x 34 x 6 cm


Fred Meurice, SNEAKER AIR JORDAN, Sculpture

Fred Meurice

60 x 73 x 10 cm


Julie Jaler, Skate rallye New-York, Sculpture

Julie Jaler

Skate rallye New-York, 2021
80 x 20 x 1 cm

$582 $647

Yaacov Agam, Cercle Haut, Sculpture

Yaacov Agam

Cercle Haut, 1969
215.9 x 88.9 x 5.1 cm


Nando Kallweit, In Amore (39/99), Sculpture

Nando Kallweit

In Amore (39/99), 2019
25.4 x 5.1 x 7.6 cm


Betsy Enzensberger, Minty, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Minty, 2019
12.7 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm

$309 $342

Arsen, Poudre d'eskampette, Sculpture


Poudre d'eskampette, 2021
96 x 84 x 2.5 cm


Sébastien Langloÿs, La Valse, Sculpture

Sébastien Langloÿs

La Valse, 2013
26 x 16 x 13 cm


Nanan, Asashi, Sculpture


Asashi, 2021
19 x 18 x 34 cm


Nicolas Dubreuille, Sans titre ref 328, Sculpture

Nicolas Dubreuille

Sans titre ref 328, 2021
38 x 30 x 23 cm


Santicri, Violet Brush, Sculpture


Violet Brush, 2021
40 x 7 x 1 cm


Thierry Corpet, Totem - Parker, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem - Parker, 2021
45 x 20 x 9.5 cm

$647 $809

Yves Pires, Eva, Sculpture

Yves Pires

Eva, 2016
55 x 47 x 8 cm


Lucas Ninin, Atahualpa Bonaparte, Sculpture

Lucas Ninin

Atahualpa Bonaparte, 2021
40 x 30 x 5 cm


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