A plethora of all kinds of sculptures await you at Carré d'artistes. You will discover rare and unique pieces.

Brief history of sculpture

sculpture is an art which is specific to artists modelers, who set up shapes and volumes from various materials. You will find embossed, modeled, rounded, welded ornaments. You would have understood that there are various types of sculptures depending on the technique favored by each artist.

This word comes from the Latin word “sculpere” which means “to cut” or “to remove parts from a stone. Stone carving requires the skill of a talented sculptor who is skilled in shaping relatively common objects. During the 10th century, the sculptor got help from a team: master builder and stonemasons.

Sculpture differs from modeling, but has always been associated with painting. These two categories of artists came from the Middle Ages and belonged to a community of a similar profession.

Painting and ornaments are finally dissociated

The distinction between these two professions took place in an official manner in 1648 in France, due to the creation of painting and sculpture academies . It should nevertheless be noted that many artists remain painters and sculptors at the same time. In the 19th century, we can still distinguish the "sculptor" carving solid materials such as wood, stone or ivory from the "statuary" who focuses on realizations in earth, wax or plaster.

Existing forms

There are two main categories of sculptures : embossed and the round. The first is an ornament which is fixed to a background and which evolves out of that background. The crushed relief has a low relief rate and the contours of which are incised in a fine manner. There is the bas-relief, the high-relief, and the intaglio. The roundabout are edited so that it can be observed from almost all sides. This technique is based on a base or a floor and is housed in a niche. The most famous ornament in this version evokes Michelangelo, who juggles these two principles. Figures are half-emerged from a block of marble.

The world of sculpture

The sculpture can be carried out according to three different techniques: it consists in shaping a material of soft origin to creating shapes, which means taking the material as a compact block and which allows to works on one’s own creations. This is where one notes a rediscovery and reuse of materials which are long forgotten.

The modelers who have left their mark

The sculptor Richard Sierra is one of the best known of his generation. His works combine Corten steel plates and lead to give a heavy impression to viewers. Jean Antoine Houdon, meanwhile, amazed his audience with his busts and statues dating back to the Age of Enlightenment. His most popular works were undoubtedly those of Rousseau, Franklin, Voltaire, Diderot and Napoleon I and his own person. When he died, his busts were used to educate new artists on how to master facial expressions. More recent artists like Robert Morris have used the natural mobility of felt to create more sensual shapes. Contemporary art embellishes these materials through raw substances, glass, mirrors, liquid crystals, papier mâché in order to obtain an unprecedented contemporary sculpture .

Sculptors who are reputed

At Carré d'artistes, discover talented sculptors who differ through their style. The polished and varnished copper bust of Frédéric Fortuné is a surprising contemporary sculpture that catches the eye at first glance in an irresistible manner. He comes from a family of art enthusiasts, this artist has been immersed in creative practices since his early childhood years. This contemporary art combines resin and metal, but copper remains his material of choice. Zed's Flexo work continues to gain momentum. One can find these through many colors and various postures. Floh sends us colorful representations from an imaginary universe. These evoke the joy of childhood, therefore interpreting a message of humor and cheerfulness. Just like his father or his grandfather, welder and metallurgist, Nikola Vudrag, preferred heading towards working with metal in art . The artist draws his inspiration from disciplines such as theology, philosophy, mathematics, anthropology, and science. Until today, Vudrag is one of the remarkable specialists in Croatia.

Check out all our unpublished contemporary works ranging from small to large sizes and right out of the imagination of our artists from all over the world.

Ranging from bodies to faces through the uniqueness of shapes and subjects, let yourself get guided and surprised by the technicality of our artists!


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