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Famous Sculptors

Famous Sculptors – What is Sculpture?

Tom Stoppard, a British playwright, cleared this up “It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it’s a painting, and if you can walk around it – it’s a sculpture.” We’ll add sculpture is primarily a three-dimensional visual art so nothing beats viewing them “in the flesh”. Our list of famous sculptors provides a good basis to plan your museum visits and keep you enthralled for a few years.

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Famous SculptorsNationalityBirthplaceBornDiedPeriod(s) / StyleFamous Sculptors Works/Installations (date)
Andre, CarlAmericanQuincy1935Contemporary art, Minimalism
  • 144 Magnesium Square 1969
  • Twelfth Copper Corner 1975
  • Bloody Angle (1985)
Armitage KennethBritishLeeds, England19162002Expressionist
  • People in a wind (1951)
  • Sprawling Woman (1958)
  • Figure and Clouds (1972)
ArmanFrench / AmericanNice, France19282005New RealismBorn Armand Fernandez. Object artist and co-founder of the artist group New Realism with Yves Klein.
  • Poubelles (from 1959)
  • Colères (1961-1963)
  • Inclusions (1964)
  • Long Term Parking with 59 enclosed Automobiles (1982)
  • Minutes; Installation of 100 alarm clocks (1991)
  • Les Gourmandes; 100 forks in Bronze (1992)
  • Hope for peace; 83 tanks cast in concrete (1995)
Arp, HansGerman / FrenchStrasbourg, France18861966Dadaism, Surrealism
  • Eggboard (1922)
  • Mutilated and homeless (1932)
  • Female Torso (1953)
  • Wolkenhirt (Cloud Shepherd,1953)
  • Kore (1958)
  • Bewegtes Tanzgeschmeide (1960)
  • Clouds shell (1961)
Barlach ErnstGermanWedel, Germany18701938Expressionist
  • Moeller-Jarke Tomb (1901)
  • Have Pity! (1919)
Bartholdi, FredericFrenchColmar, France18341904Late 19th century
  • La Fayette statue (1876, NYC)
  • Statue of Liberty (1886, NYC)
  • Strasbourg Monument, Basel
Bernini, GianlorenzoItalianNaples, Italy15981680Baroque
  • Apollo & Daphne (1622-25)
  • David (1623)
  • Constanza Bonarelli (1635)
  • Ecstasy of St Theresa (1640s)
  • Cornaro Chapel (1645-1652)
  • Fountain of the Four Rivers (1648-51)
  • Neptune and Triton (1670)
Beuys, JosephGermanGermany19211986Abstract
  • Bath (1960)
  • Snow (1965)
  • The pack (1969)
  • Fat Corner (1982)
  • Capri Battery (1985)
Bologna, Giovanni da (aka Giambologna)FrenchDouai, France15291608Late Renaissance, Mannerism
  • Mercury (1664-5)
  • Rape of the Sabines (1579-83)
Bourgeois, LouiseAmericanParis, France19112010Modern, Contemporary art
  • Labyrinthine Tower (1963)
  • Destruction of the Father (1974)
  • Spiders (1995)
Boccioni, UmbertoItalianItaly18821916Futurism
  • The Street Enters the House (1911)
  • Development of a Bottle in Space (1912)
  • One-off forms in the continuity of space (1913)
  • Dynamism of a bicycle (1913)
Brancusi, ConstantinRomanianPestisani18761957Abstract Expressionism
  • The Kiss (1909), Maiastra (1912)
  • Mademoiselle Pogány (1913-1930)
  • Torso of a Young Man (1922)
  • Bird in Space (1923)
  • The Fish (1930)
  • Endless Column (1938)
  • Gate of the Kiss (1938)
Calder, Alexander “Sandy”
AmericanPhiladelphia18981976Modern, Kinetic SculptureCreator of the first mobile sculptures that move with air or by touch. His stationary sculptures are called stabiles. Sandy Calder also produced drawings in space made of wire, wood and fabric along with performance pieces and is one of the most famous sculptors.
  • A Universe (1934)
  • Mercury Fountain (1937)
  • Four Elements (1961)
  • Sturdy steel (1965)
  • L’Homme (1967)
  • Le Halebardier (1971)
  • Cirque Calder (1931)
  • La Grande Vitesse (1969)
  • Lobster Trap and Fish Tail (1939)
  • Teodelapio (1962)
  • Flamingo (1974)
Canova, AntonioItalianPossagno, Italy17571822Classicism
  • Daedalus and Icarus (1779)
  • Theseus and the Minotaur (1782)
  • Cupid and Psyche (1797)
  • Paolina Bonaparte Borghese as Venus Victorious (1808)
Caro, Sir AnthonyBritishLondon, England19242013Modernist
  • Sailing Tonight (1971-4)
  • Veduggio Sound (1973)
  • Ledge Piece (1978)
Cellini, BenvenutoItalianFlorence, Italy15001571Renaissance
  • Salt Cellar of Neptune and Ceres (1543)
  • Cosimo de’ Medici (1545-7)
  • Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1564)
Chillida, EduardoBasque SpanishSan Sebastian, Spain19242002Abstract, Modern Art
  • Monumento (1971)
  • Krieger (1975)
  • Wind combs (1977)
  • Elogio del Horizonte (1989)
  • Buscando la Luz (1993)
  • Berlin (2000)
  • De Musica IV (2001)
Deacon, RichardBritishBangor, England1949Contemporary
  • Double Talk (1987)
  • Kiss and Tell (1989)
  • Never Mind (1993)
  • Just Us (2000)
Donatello (born Donato di Betti Bardi)ItalianFlorence, Italy13861466Early Renaissance
  • St. Mark (1411)
  • St George Killing the Dragon (c1417)
  • Feast of Herod (1423-37)
  • David (1435-1453)
  • Gattamelata (1445-1450)
Dubuffet, JeanFrenchLe Havre, France19011985Art Brut
  • Jardin d’ Email (1972-1973)
  • Tour aux Figures (1972)
  • Welcome Parade (1972)
  • Outsiders (1979)

Jean Dubuffet also designed collages and items of furniture and is one of the most famous sculptors.

Epstein, Sir JacobBritishNew York, USA18801959Cubism
  • Tomb of Oscar Wilde (1912)
  • Birth (1913-1914)
  • Pima (1925)
  • Genesis (1930)
  • Ecce Homo (1934-5)
  • Adam (1939)
  • Christ in Majesty; Llandaff Cathedral
  • St Michael and the Devil; On facade of Coventry Cathedral (1958-9)
Frink, Dame ElisabethBritishThurlow, England19301993Geometry of Fear School
  • Horse Lying Down (1975)
  • Running Man (1985)
  • Seated Man (1986)
Gabo, Naum
AmericanBryansk, Russia18901977Constructivism, Modern ArtBorn Naum Neemia Pevsner
  • Kinetic Construction (1920)
  • No 1 (1943)
Gaudier-Brzeska, HenriFrenchSt Jean de Braye18911915Cubism
  • Red Stone Dancer (1913)
  • Bird Swallowing a Fish (c1913–4)
  • Birds Erect (1914)
Ghiberti, LorenzoItalianFlorence, Italy13781455Renaissance
  • St John the Baptist (1412-15)
  • St Matthew (1419-22)
  • The Gates of Paradise (1425-52)
Giacometti, AlbertoSwissBorgonovo, Switzerland19011966Cubism, Surrealism, Modern
  • Spoon Woman (1926)
  • Head (c1928)
  • Levitating Sphere (1928-29)
  • Sting in the Eye (1931)
  • Impaired Hand (1932)
  • Woman With Her Throat Cut (1932)
  • The game is over (1932)
  • Man Pointing (1947)
  • The Women of Venice (1956)
  • The Leg (1958)
  • Four Figures on a Base (1965-66)
Goldsworthy, AndyBritishCheshire, England1956Contemporary, Land Art
  • Hazel Stick Throws (1980)
  • Slate Cone (1988)
  • The Wall (1988-9)
  • Arch at Goodwood (2002)
Gonzalalez, JulioSpanishBarcelona, Spain18761942Cubism
  • Angel (1933)
  • Woman Combing Her Hair (1936)
  • Cactus People (1930-40)
Gormley, AnthonyBritishLondon, England1950Contemporary
  • Natural Selection (1981)
  • Angel of the North; Gateshead (1997)
Hirst, DamienBritishBristol, England1965Contemporary
  • The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991)
    This is a shark preserved in formaldehyde
  • Hymn (1996)
  • The Virgin Mother, (2005)
  • For the Love of God (2007)
Hepworth, Dame Jocelyn BarbaraBritishWakefield, England19031975Surrealism
  • Pigeons (1928)
  • Figure of a Woman (1929-30)
  • Two forms (1933)
  • Large and Small Forms (1945)
  • Involute 1 (1946)
  • Single Form (1963)
  • Minoan head (1972)
Houdon, Jean-AntoineFrenchVersailles, France17411828Classicism
  • St. Bruno (1767)
  • Voltaire (1781)
  • George Washington (1788)
  • Diana, the Huntress (1790)
Kollwitz, KatheGermanGermany18671945Expressionism
  • Grieving parents (1932)
  • Mother with Dead Son aka Pieta (1937, Berlin’s Neue Wache)
Lehmbruck, WilhelmGermanDuisburg, Germany18811919Expressionism
  • The Kneeling Woman (1911)
  • Growing up youth (1913-1914)
  • The Turned (1916)
Lipchitz, JacquesFrenchDruskininkai, Lithuania18911973Cubism
  • Transparence (1925)
  • Le cri (1927 -28)
  • Song of the Vowels (1931)
  • Prometheus (1937)
  • Peace on Earth (1964-68)
  • Our Tree of Life (posthumously, 1978)
MichelangeloItalianCaprese Michelangelo, Italy14751564High Renaissance
  • Drunken Bacchus, Florence (1494)
  • Pieta; St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome (1499)
  • David, Florence (1501-1504)
  • Moses (San Pietro)
  • Apollo, Florence (1530)
  • The Winner, Florence (1534)
Moore, HenryEnglishCastleford, England18981986Surrealism, Abstraction
  • Reclining Figure LH 175 (1936)
  • The Warrior (1953-1954)
  • UNESCO Reclining Figure (1957)
  • Large seated draped figure (1957-1958)
  • The Archer (1966)
  • Sheep Piece (1971-1972)
Nadelman, ElieAmericanWarsaw, Poland18821946Surrealism
  • Standing Female Nude (1909)
  • Dancer (1918-1919)
  • Tango (1918-1924)
  • Hostess (1919-1923)
Oldenburg, ClaesAmericanStockholm, Sweden1929Public art
  • Giant Clothespin (1975)
  • The Course of the Knife (1985)
  • Match Cover (1992)
Paolozzi, Sir Eduardo LuigiBritishLeith, Scotland19242005Pop Art
  • Krokodeel (1956-7)
  • Japanese War God (1958)
  • Medea (1964)
  • Piscator (1981)
  • London to Paris (2000)
PheidiasGreekAthens, Greece490 BC417 BCClassical
  • Athena Promachos (460-450 BC)
  • Marble sculptures of the Parthenon (447-432 BC)
Rauschenberg, RobertAmericanTexas, USA19252008Pop ArtPainter and object artist. Founder of Experiments in Art and Technology aka EAT with Billy Klüver in 1967.
  • White Painting; Three panel (1951)
  • Automobile Tire Print (1953)
  • Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953)
  • Combine Paintings (1954)
  • Monogram (1959)
  • Canyon (1959)
  • The ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1979)
  • Overseas Culture Interchange; Color silkscreen poster (1991)
  • Riding Bikes (1998)
Rodin, AugusteFrenchParis, France18401917Impressionism
  • The Thinker (1880-1881)
  • The Gates of Hell (1880-1917)
  • The Burghers of Calais (1884-1889)
  • Faun and Nymph (1885-1886)
  • The Kiss (1888-1889)
  • The Burghers of Calais (1889)
  • Balzac (1898)
Saint-Phalle, Niki deFrenchNeuilly-sur-Seine, France19302002Modern
  • Nana figures (from 1964)
  • Tarot Garden (from 1979)
  • Les Baigneurs (1980 -81)
  • Stravinsky Fountain in Paris (1982)
  • Exploding Pictures, movable sculptures (from 1994)
Schwitters, KurtGermanHannover, Germany18871948Surrealism, Constructivism
  • Das Undbild (1919)
  • Merzbild Rossfett (1919)
  • Construction for Noble Ladies (1919)
  • Revolving (1919)
  • Cherry Picture (1921)
  • Merzbau (1920-43)
Tinguely, JeanSwissFribourg, Switzerland19251991Kinetic art (Metamechanics)
  • Baluba No 3 (1959)
  • Métamécanique No 9 (1959)
  • Homage to New York (1960)
  • EOSX (1967)
Serra, RichardAmericanSan Francisco, USA1939Abstract, Minimalism, Modern Art, Contemporary
  • Viewpoint (2006)
  • Slab (1998)
  • Promenade (2008)
Thorvaldsen, BertelDanishCopenhagen, Denmark17701844Classicism
  • The Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple (1791)
  • Peter and John heal a lame man (1793)
  • Jason with the Golden Fleece (1803)
  • Lion Monument, Lucerne (1820–21)
  • Nicolas Copernicus monument in Warsaw (1830)
  • Gutenberg monument in Mainz (1837)
  • Schiller monument in Stuttgart (1839)
Whiteread, RachelBritishLondon, England1963Contemporary
  • Torso (1991)
  • House (1993)
  • Orange Bath (1996)

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