The word ‘sculpture’ usually summons images of marble busts strewn around grand 10-bedroom houses surrounded by acres of land or an abstract hallway adornment in a swanky Manhattan penthouse apartment. It is often thought that sculptures are reserved for only the rich with considerable disposable income.
Many years ago, this generally was the case. Sculpture was a way for those high in society, the rich, famous or heroic, to preserve their names and keep a page in the history books. Sculpture as an art form predates the ancient Greeks but the medium has evolved dramatically and is now a million miles away from static philosophers peering pensively into the distance. Sculpture in its many forms can of course be found in those stately country homes but also in small studio apartments and suburban family friendly 3-bed semis.
The work of French artist, François-Auguste-René Rodin is seen as the critical turning point in the development of modern sculpture. Although they were criticized during his lifetime, Rodin’s most original sculptures strayed from traditional themes of history and mythology and instead celebrated physicality and individual character, making sculpture an art form in its own right.
Where Rodin lead, others followed. Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti helped to change the perception of sculpture and turned it into an abstract art form, allowing artists free reign to create from their heart and not be restricted by historical reference.
As sculptures now take on many forms and come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges it can be overwhelming when trying to decide which piece or even which style to use in which room, but we're here to help.