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Wood Sculpture

Wood and stone were the some of the first materials carved by humans to make tools. Although wood was very commonly used, only few objects survived through the centuries as its decomposes faster and can be destroyed more easily than bronze or stone for example.

Between 700 and 900, most woodcarvers lived in monasteries. Travelling from monastery to monastery, these carvers were few and far between. The was a relatively prescriptive style and many remaining sculpturesfrom this period are quite similar. This era was marked by the constraints of iconoclasm: many religious objects made of wood were destroyed because of the condemnation of representation of religious subjects.

Many sculptures have also been found in England and Scandinavian countries. Wood is also widely used in Africa to create masks, small statues and objects, as well as in India and by aboriginal artists in Australia.

In Europe, it was in the 15th and 16th centuries that wooden sculpture became highly developed, especially in Germany. This was thanks to Gothic sculptors such as Tilman Riemenschneider, Veit Stoss, Michael Pacher, Gregor Erhart and Jorg Zurn who pushed the medium to its limits, creating astonishingly detailed works.

Woodcarving reappeared in the 17th century in England as Baroque ornaments grew in popularity. Master Grinling Gibbons's was a leading artist of the time and one of the few woodcarvers to be widely recognised in his homeland. In France, Rococo brought woodcarving back into fashion, with designers such as Lelange, Foliot and Cressent, who focused on creating furniture.

Several modern artists also used wood, notably Brancusi, who was influenced by the classical tradition which emphasised the finish and materiality of the wood. Henry Moore preferred using this valuable material to create his abstract and evocative shapes, while Barbara Hepworth created incredibly modern works of art and Paul Gauguin used wood to reconnect with and learn from primitive techniques...

Wood is very different from other materials, such as resin or bronze, as it is quite fragile and requires a wide range of tools.The technique to be used differs according to the desired shape because the sculpture can take the form of a low-relief or be carved in the round (a sculpture on base that the viewer can walk around). One must first source planks of wood, flattened, dried and calibrated. Next a sketch of the sculpture is drawn onto the support, the bulk of the wood is then removed and the object is shaped more carefully using u-gouges to remove as much excess material. Next the finer details as well as shadow play are added using a range of tools including flat gouges, chisels, and carving knives.

Artsper features a wide selection of modern wooden sculptures byNando Stevoli, Gaspard Mitz, César Orrico, Marc Laffolay, Lesley Hilling or Valérie Carmet.

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Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Le grand sage, Sculpture

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Le grand sage, 2015
61 x 40 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$957

André Robillard, Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, Sculpture

André Robillard

Pistolet USA Arme Lourde, 2020
27 x 18 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$2,007

Mihaela Mihaylova, Spill 2, Sculpture

Mihaela Mihaylova

Spill 2, 2021
25 x 22 x 1.5 cm
Sculpture

$213

Nathalie CIRINO, Sérénité II, Sculpture

Nathalie CIRINO

Sérénité II, 2020
23 x 24 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$3,513

TMM, Joe Bar Bike, Sculpture

TMM

Joe Bar Bike, 2021
93 x 60 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,509

Shakeart83, Skate Chanel, Sculpture

Shakeart83

Skate Chanel, 2021
21 x 80 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$350 $389

Christian Nesler, Lac, Sculpture

Christian Nesler

Lac, 2021
60 x 120 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$7,026

Thierry Corpet, Totem III, Sculpture

Thierry Corpet

Totem III, 2021
65 x 18 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$703 $878

Patrick Salamone, Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, Sculpture

Patrick Salamone

Ice Lolly Bublles N°185 Choco pistache, 2021
55 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$621

Eric Liot, Sans titre, Sculpture

Eric Liot

Sans titre, 2012
60 x 40 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$4,391

Dine Chanima, I worked for, Sculpture

Dine Chanima

I worked for, 2021
30 x 30 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$627

Nuge, Timeslip, Sculpture

Nuge

Timeslip, 2021
127 x 127 x 8.9 cm
Sculpture

$22,250

Nicolas Rubinstein, Elixir des 90 ans, Sculpture

Nicolas Rubinstein

Elixir des 90 ans, 2019
30 x 13 x 10.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,882

Bruno Marty, Gerard Depardieu, Sculpture

Bruno Marty

Gerard Depardieu, 2008
60 x 45 x 70 cm
Sculpture

$4,893

Our recommendations Chandler McLellan, Simulacra, Sculpture

Chandler McLellan

Simulacra, 2019
38 x 38 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

$2,133

Florim Hasani, Quartier, Sculpture

Florim Hasani

Quartier, 2019
95 x 40 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$6,022

David Hostetler, Cycladic Bust, Sculpture

David Hostetler

Cycladic Bust, 2001
81.3 x 40.6 x 22.9 cm
Sculpture

$19,500

Blaise Simon Balazs, 1985 Sculpture Cubintra, Sculpture

Blaise Simon Balazs

1985 Sculpture Cubintra, 1985
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$6,210

Christine Joy, Little Star, Sculpture

Christine Joy

Little Star, 2019
25.4 x 20.3 x 15.2 cm
Sculpture

$2,000

Ana Mazzei, Planta, Sculpture

Ana Mazzei

Planta, 2018
25 x 24 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$1,882

Jean-Pascal Najean, Élégante bronze ajourée, Sculpture

Jean-Pascal Najean

Élégante bronze ajourée, 2021
78 x 12 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$1,656

Robert Bigelow, Sculpture No.4, Sculpture

Robert Bigelow

Sculpture No.4, 2018
40 x 40 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$5,500

Hersk, Something to Suck 348, Sculpture

Hersk

Something to Suck 348, 2021
62 x 25 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$815

C215, Kid, Sculpture

C215

Kid, 2019
67 x 27 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,391

Philarthrop, Condensed Love, Sculpture

Philarthrop

Condensed Love, 2020
22 x 22 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$439

Jérémy Ferreira, Luxury Basketball Versace, Sculpture

Jérémy Ferreira

Luxury Basketball Versace, 2019
90 x 110 x 45 cm
Sculpture

$3,513

Corneille, Chants d’oiseaux, Sculpture

Corneille

Chants d’oiseaux, 1992
54 x 68 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$10,664

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Diner with an acrobat, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Diner with an acrobat, 2017
33 x 13 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$1,882

Aldo Chaparro, Totem, Sculpture

Aldo Chaparro

Totem, 2020
200 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$36,382

Marc Boffin, Chanel Board, Sculpture

Marc Boffin

Chanel Board, 2020
80 x 20 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$690

Bault, Sans titre, Sculpture

Bault

Sans titre, 2020
145 x 36 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$3,387

Our recommendations Pablo Reinoso, The Looping One, Sculpture

Pablo Reinoso

The Looping One, 2020
45 x 285 x 74 cm
Sculpture

$112,911

Sergio Moscona, Personaje Quiteno, Sculpture

Sergio Moscona

Personaje Quiteno, 2010
37 x 30 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,133

Alberonero, Scala, Sculpture

Alberonero

Scala, 2019
83 x 57 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$3,262

Emmanuel Bour, Le gardien des sources, Sculpture

Emmanuel Bour

Le gardien des sources, 2018
55 x 59 x 39 cm
Sculpture

$9,409

Shaka, Corps Noir, Sculpture

Shaka

Corps Noir, 2019
120 x 120 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$16,309

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #1.3, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #1.3, 2015
130 x 80 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$11,918

Julio Le Parc, Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, Sculpture

Julio Le Parc

Formes en contorsions à partir d'un thème de 1967, 2017
80 x 32 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$12,546

Mistergoo, Tupac shoes, Sculpture

Mistergoo

Tupac shoes, 2020
36.5 x 52 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$728

Daniel Tostivint, Sans titre, Sculpture

Daniel Tostivint

Sans titre, 2019
40 x 20 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$489

Manuela Paul-Cavallier, Cubik, Sculpture

Manuela Paul-Cavallier

Cubik, 2019
9 x 9 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$502

Fabrice Anneville-Constance, Harmonica, Sculpture

Fabrice Anneville-Constance

Harmonica, 2021
95 x 94 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$2,760

Rainier Lericolais, Suspension, Sculpture

Rainier Lericolais

Suspension, 2014
50.8 x 20.4 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,509

Our recommendations Martina Merlini, Untitled, Sculpture

Martina Merlini

Untitled, 2019
65 x 40 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$3,074

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide, Totem Bleu Majorele, Sculpture

Sylvie Abadie-Bastide

Totem Bleu Majorele, 2018
60 x 5 x 4 cm
Sculpture

$452

Pierre Demonchaux, Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), Sculpture

Pierre Demonchaux

Miroir Convoyeur II (PDE21), 2015
70 x 70 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$753

Dominique Blais, Entropê, Sculpture

Dominique Blais

Entropê, 2015
127.5 x 52 x 52 cm
Sculpture

$15,933

Wilds, Tectonic plates I, Sculpture

Wilds

Tectonic plates I, 2015
110 x 120 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$14,992

Michele Cossyro, Golden Cosmic Fold, Sculpture

Michele Cossyro

Golden Cosmic Fold, 2019
56 x 56 x 0.2 cm
Sculpture

$4,516

Quentin Garel, Flamant rose II, Sculpture

Quentin Garel

Flamant rose II, 2013
170 x 40 x 90 cm
Sculpture

$43,910

Onemizer, Bart I Love Skate 2, Sculpture

Onemizer

Bart I Love Skate 2, 2020
81.5 x 20.5 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,995

Sank, Plante carnivore, Sculpture

Sank

Plante carnivore, 2020
63 x 30 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$2,258

Egor Plotnikov, La route vers la mer, Sculpture

Egor Plotnikov

La route vers la mer, 2019
17 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$941

Alain Derda, Cochon Blanc, Sculpture

Alain Derda

Cochon Blanc, 2020
25 x 60 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$2,133

Stefan Ivanov, Situation III from the Project Placebo, Sculpture

Stefan Ivanov

Situation III from the Project Placebo, 2016
105 x 38 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$6,649

Nino Franchina, Composition with Nails, Sculpture

Nino Franchina

Composition with Nails, 1970
47 x 8 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$3,638

Isabell Beyel, Untitled, Sculpture

Isabell Beyel

Untitled, 2017
140 x 100 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$33,873

Oliver Ney, Supreme, Sculpture

Oliver Ney

Supreme, 2021
93 x 93 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$3,638

Sei Arimori, Paysage à angle droit, Sculpture

Sei Arimori

Paysage à angle droit, 2019
17 x 23.5 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$1,004

Nadine Ackermans, Automate, Sculpture

Nadine Ackermans

Automate, 2019
57 x 30 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$690

Vladimir Michev, Autumn, Sculpture

Vladimir Michev

Autumn, 2019
200 x 120 x 100 cm
Sculpture

$2,635

Olivier de Sagazan, Fer et bois, Sculpture

Olivier de Sagazan

Fer et bois, 2008
97 x 20 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$4,391

Thomas Danel, TD02, Sculpture

Thomas Danel

TD02, 2017
103 x 103 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$5,269

Mlle Terite, Sans titre, Sculpture

Mlle Terite

Sans titre, 2018
66 x 16.5 x 1 cm
Sculpture

$627

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