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Animal Sculpture

Animal sculpture is a sculptural style in its own right. This specific genre deserves the same recognition as nude, marble, bronze and resin sculpture.

The representation of animals and the animal body has long been a source of inspiration for sculptural creations and yet it was once considered a minor genre in Western European decorative arts. Ironically, animal sculpture was of the utmost importance to Ancient civilisations. Countless ancient Egyptian buildings for example were adorned with grandiose representations of felines and Sphinxes. More generally within the visual arts, animals were rarely represented in their own right, and were often depicted accompanying or symbolising mythological figures or even character traits.

Aside from its mythical representations, animal sculptures were also popular with suzerain states who used monumental bronze sculptures of lions or eagles to symbolise the immensity of their power.

However it wasn't until 1831 that the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye finally established animal sculpture as a noble art, thanks to his work Tiger devouring a Gavial Crocodile at the Salon de Paris. It was no longer fashionable to depict animals as unreal, mythological creatures in the decorative arts and instead naturalism and realistic representations of animals characterised the sculpture of the period.

Ideas about nature's wealth and abundance meant that all creatures deserved to be carefully and meticulously recreated in the closest likeness possible. Mythical animal interpretations were left behind and artists concentrated on capturing the finer details of an animal's fur, muscles or mouth.

A new wave of renowned sculptors emerged. Pierre-Jules Mêne, Antoine Aigon and Jean Germain Demay are just a few examples of some of these pioneering artists. Particularly interested in 'exotic' species (snakes, gazelles, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses…), they all explored representing the natural world in a variety of different ways.

In the 20th century, realist tendencies gradually faded away and a new group of creative minds began to experiment with animal sculpture as part of the shift towards modern sculpture.

Numerous artists tried their hand at animal sculpture whilst applying new aesthetic criteria which was largely influenced by modern and contemporary art movements: Abstract art, Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism. Guided by key surrealist influences, which could not have been further removed from the traditional styles of the past century, a new bestiary was created. Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti were among the key figures who helped to reinvent the way artists endeavoured to sculpt animals.

In contemporary animal sculpture, radically redefining artistic techniques and the way we represent living beings has taken precedence over realistic proportion sizes and lifelike features. Artists no longer refrain from accentuating a particular body part, removing a limb for example or creating an entirely new hybrid beast. However, many artists are also skilled at creating hyper realistic animals that seem so real they almost appear to be alive.

To help you get an idea of the latest animal sculptures, take a look at Artsper's collection of sculpted animals, selected from some of the best contemporary art galleries and made by artists including Jacques Dufrane, Raymundo Fabian Melchor and Roxana y Jesus Hernandez.



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Wild Kong Black Mat, 2021
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Diederik Van Apple, Follow your dreams, Sculpture

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Follow your dreams, 2018
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Hibou LV, 2021
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Cévé, Will I/IV, Sculpture

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Will I/IV, 2019
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Philippe Geluck, J'ai les boules (mini), Sculpture

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J'ai les boules (mini), 2020
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Daniel Byrne, Cluster in Morpho (Small), Sculpture

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Cluster in Morpho (Small), 2021
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Céline Chourlet, Le Petit Marcel - Beau Temps aux Marguerites, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Patrick Villas, Tête de lion III, Sculpture

Patrick Villas

Tête de lion III, 2019
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Christophe Comerro, Pand'ours Ferrari, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Bernard Rives, Ludwig, Sculpture

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Âme Sauvage, La panthère rose, Sculpture

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Babolex Classic Vert 35 cm socle chrome, 2020
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Jean-François Gambino, Manchots de Humboltd (#5/8), Sculpture

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Corneille, Chat bleu, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Salfo Dermé (Yabré), Éléphant, Sculpture

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Our recommendations Peppone, Flamingo (Head up), Sculpture

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Marie Ackers, Chat bleu, Sculpture

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Le Grand-Duc, 1980
21.7 x 8.5 x 6.5 inch
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Merry love, 2020
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Patrick Cornée, Funny doggy, Sculpture

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Funny doggy, 2019
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Sculpture

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Lionne assise, 2020
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Sculpture

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Stefan Yordanov, Bambi Twins, Sculpture

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Bambi Twins, 2019
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Sculpture

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Le Closier

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Patrick Moya, Dolly dans les nuages, Sculpture

Patrick Moya

Dolly dans les nuages, 2019
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Sculpture

$981

Michel Audiard, Panda, Sculpture

Michel Audiard

Panda, 2017
15 x 20.5 x 3.1 inch
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Emilie Muzy, Tête de Loup, Sculpture

Emilie Muzy

Tête de Loup, 2018
17.3 x 17.3 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,027

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Cha Basketteur, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$5,366

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Lis Sam

Jardin majorelle, 2020
11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

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Julien Marinetti

Panda BA, 2020
15.7 x 11 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$16,732

Our recommendations Jenny Jacottet, Impulsion, Sculpture

Jenny Jacottet

Impulsion, 2018
13.8 x 8.7 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,308

Maxime Davoust, Cheval Bleu Klein, Sculpture

Maxime Davoust

Cheval Bleu Klein, 2020
7.9 x 5.5 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$981

Our recommendations Rodrigo Romero Perez, Pan Troglodytes 2, Sculpture

Rodrigo Romero Perez

Pan Troglodytes 2, 2020
55.1 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,269

Our recommendations Jean Amiel, Toro mosaique, Sculpture

Jean Amiel

Toro mosaique, 2015
27.6 x 29.5 x 27.6 inch
Sculpture

$5,193

Our recommendations Angela Morris-Winmill, Gold Muntjac Deer, Sculpture

Angela Morris-Winmill

Gold Muntjac Deer, 2021
5.1 x 2.8 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$722

Hellen Halftermeyer, Red bird, Sculpture

Hellen Halftermeyer

Red bird, 2021
11.8 x 31.5 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,308

Our recommendations Saône De Stalh, Az, Sculpture

Saône De Stalh

Az, 2016
14.2 x 13.4 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,846

Manat, Gianni diFranco, Sculpture

Manat

Gianni diFranco, 2021
13.8 x 13 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,731

Mauro Corda, Les suricates - Blue, Sculpture

Mauro Corda

Les suricates - Blue, 2020
6.3 x 2.6 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$323

Paco Raphael, Bambi (Pink), Sculpture

Paco Raphael

Bambi (Pink), 2020
14.8 x 13.8 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$2,135

Cade, Éléphant sur rocher, Sculpture

Cade

Éléphant sur rocher, 2021
3.9 x 2 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$577

Gelitin, Horse, Sculpture

Gelitin

Horse, 2011
47.2 x 19.7 x 39.4 inch
Sculpture

$5,654

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Unicorn, 2019
21.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$6,924

Michel Duclos, Arthus, Sculpture

Michel Duclos

Arthus, 2016
8.3 x 14.6 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,192

VanBinh, Bird I, Sculpture

VanBinh

Bird I, 2021
9.4 x 9.1 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$785

Angelo Lembo, Big mouse, Sculpture

Angelo Lembo

Big mouse, 2021
11.4 x 8.3 x 22.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,462

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