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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 Sculptors Nationality Birthplace Born Died Period(s) / Style Famous Sculptors Works/Installations (date)
Andre, Carl American Quincy 1935 Contemporary art, Minimalism
  • 144 Magnesium Square 1969
  • Twelfth Copper Corner 1975
  • Bloody Angle (1985)
Armitage Kenneth British Leeds, England 1916 2002 Expressionist
  • People in a wind (1951)
  • Sprawling Woman (1958)
  • Figure and Clouds (1972)
Arman French / American Nice, France 1928 2005 New Realism Born 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, Hans German / French Strasbourg, France 1886 1966 Dadaism, Surrealism
  • Eggboard (1922)
  • Mutilated and homeless (1932)
  • Female Torso (1953)
  • Wolkenhirt (Cloud Shepherd,1953)
  • Kore (1958)
  • Bewegtes Tanzgeschmeide (1960)
  • Clouds shell (1961)
Barlach Ernst German Wedel, Germany 1870 1938 Expressionist
  • Moeller-Jarke Tomb (1901)
  • Have Pity! (1919)
Bartholdi, Frederic French Colmar, France 1834 1904 Late 19th century
  • La Fayette statue (1876, NYC)
  • Statue of Liberty (1886, NYC)
  • Strasbourg Monument, Basel
Bernini, Gianlorenzo Italian Naples, Italy 1598 1680 Baroque
  • 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, Joseph German Germany 1921 1986 Abstract
  • Bath (1960)
  • Snow (1965)
  • The pack (1969)
  • Fat Corner (1982)
  • Capri Battery (1985)
Bologna, Giovanni da (aka Giambologna) French Douai, France 1529 1608 Late Renaissance, Mannerism
  • Mercury (1664-5)
  • Rape of the Sabines (1579-83)
Bourgeois, Louise American Paris, France 1911 2010 Modern, Contemporary art
  • Labyrinthine Tower (1963)
  • Destruction of the Father (1974)
  • Spiders (1995)
Boccioni, Umberto Italian Italy 1882 1916 Futurism
  • 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, Constantin Romanian Pestisani 1876 1957 Abstract 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”
American Philadelphia 1898 1976 Modern, Kinetic Sculpture Creator 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, Antonio Italian Possagno, Italy 1757 1822 Classicism
  • Daedalus and Icarus (1779)
  • Theseus and the Minotaur (1782)
  • Cupid and Psyche (1797)
  • Paolina Bonaparte Borghese as Venus Victorious (1808)
Caro, Sir Anthony British London, England 1924 2013 Modernist
  • Sailing Tonight (1971-4)
  • Veduggio Sound (1973)
  • Ledge Piece (1978)
Cellini, Benvenuto Italian Florence, Italy 1500 1571 Renaissance
  • Salt Cellar of Neptune and Ceres (1543)
  • Cosimo de’ Medici (1545-7)
  • Perseus with the Head of Medusa (1564)
Chillida, Eduardo Basque Spanish San Sebastian, Spain 1924 2002 Abstract, Modern Art
  • Monumento (1971)
  • Krieger (1975)
  • Wind combs (1977)
  • Elogio del Horizonte (1989)
  • Buscando la Luz (1993)
  • Berlin (2000)
  • De Musica IV (2001)
Deacon, Richard British Bangor, England 1949 Contemporary
  • Double Talk (1987)
  • Kiss and Tell (1989)
  • Never Mind (1993)
  • Just Us (2000)
Donatello (born Donato di Betti Bardi) Italian Florence, Italy 1386 1466 Early Renaissance
  • St. Mark (1411)
  • St George Killing the Dragon (c1417)
  • Feast of Herod (1423-37)
  • David (1435-1453)
  • Gattamelata (1445-1450)
Dubuffet, Jean French Le Havre, France 1901 1985 Art 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 Jacob British New York, USA 1880 1959 Cubism
  • 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 Elisabeth British Thurlow, England 1930 1993 Geometry of Fear School
  • Horse Lying Down (1975)
  • Running Man (1985)
  • Seated Man (1986)
Gabo, Naum
American Bryansk, Russia 1890 1977 Constructivism, Modern Art Born Naum Neemia Pevsner
  • Kinetic Construction (1920)
  • No 1 (1943)
Gaudier-Brzeska, Henri French St Jean de Braye 1891 1915 Cubism
  • Red Stone Dancer (1913)
  • Bird Swallowing a Fish (c1913–4)
  • Birds Erect (1914)
Ghiberti, Lorenzo Italian Florence, Italy 1378 1455 Renaissance
  • St John the Baptist (1412-15)
  • St Matthew (1419-22)
  • The Gates of Paradise (1425-52)
Giacometti, Alberto Swiss Borgonovo, Switzerland 1901 1966 Cubism, 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, Andy British Cheshire, England 1956 Contemporary, Land Art
  • Hazel Stick Throws (1980)
  • Slate Cone (1988)
  • The Wall (1988-9)
  • Arch at Goodwood (2002)
Gonzalalez, Julio Spanish Barcelona, Spain 1876 1942 Cubism
  • Angel (1933)
  • Woman Combing Her Hair (1936)
  • Cactus People (1930-40)
Gormley, Anthony British London, England 1950 Contemporary
  • Natural Selection (1981)
  • Angel of the North; Gateshead (1997)
Hirst, Damien British Bristol, England 1965 Contemporary
  • 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 Barbara British Wakefield, England 1903 1975 Surrealism
  • 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-Antoine French Versailles, France 1741 1828 Classicism
  • St. Bruno (1767)
  • Voltaire (1781)
  • George Washington (1788)
  • Diana, the Huntress (1790)
Kollwitz, Kathe German Germany 1867 1945 Expressionism
  • Grieving parents (1932)
  • Mother with Dead Son aka Pieta (1937, Berlin’s Neue Wache)
Lehmbruck, Wilhelm German Duisburg, Germany 1881 1919 Expressionism
  • The Kneeling Woman (1911)
  • Growing up youth (1913-1914)
  • The Turned (1916)
Lipchitz, Jacques French Druskininkai, Lithuania 1891 1973 Cubism
  • Transparence (1925)
  • Le cri (1927 -28)
  • Song of the Vowels (1931)
  • Prometheus (1937)
  • Peace on Earth (1964-68)
  • Our Tree of Life (posthumously, 1978)
Michelangelo Italian Caprese Michelangelo, Italy 1475 1564 High 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, Henry English Castleford, England 1898 1986 Surrealism, 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, Elie American Warsaw, Poland 1882 1946 Surrealism
  • Standing Female Nude (1909)
  • Dancer (1918-1919)
  • Tango (1918-1924)
  • Hostess (1919-1923)
Oldenburg, Claes American Stockholm, Sweden 1929 Public art
  • Giant Clothespin (1975)
  • The Course of the Knife (1985)
  • Match Cover (1992)
Paolozzi, Sir Eduardo Luigi British Leith, Scotland 1924 2005 Pop Art
  • Krokodeel (1956-7)
  • Japanese War God (1958)
  • Medea (1964)
  • Piscator (1981)
  • London to Paris (2000)
Pheidias Greek Athens, Greece 490 BC 417 BC Classical
  • Athena Promachos (460-450 BC)
  • Marble sculptures of the Parthenon (447-432 BC)
Rauschenberg, Robert American Texas, USA 1925 2008 Pop Art Painter 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, Auguste French Paris, France 1840 1917 Impressionism
  • 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 de French Neuilly-sur-Seine, France 1930 2002 Modern
  • Nana figures (from 1964)
  • Tarot Garden (from 1979)
  • Les Baigneurs (1980 -81)
  • Stravinsky Fountain in Paris (1982)
  • Exploding Pictures, movable sculptures (from 1994)
Schwitters, Kurt German Hannover, Germany 1887 1948 Surrealism, Constructivism
  • Das Undbild (1919)
  • Merzbild Rossfett (1919)
  • Construction for Noble Ladies (1919)
  • Revolving (1919)
  • Cherry Picture (1921)
  • Merzbau (1920-43)
Tinguely, Jean Swiss Fribourg, Switzerland 1925 1991 Kinetic art (Metamechanics)
  • Baluba No 3 (1959)
  • Métamécanique No 9 (1959)
  • Homage to New York (1960)
  • EOSX (1967)
Serra, Richard American San Francisco, USA 1939 Abstract, Minimalism, Modern Art, Contemporary
  • Viewpoint (2006)
  • Slab (1998)
  • Promenade (2008)
Thorvaldsen, Bertel Danish Copenhagen, Denmark 1770 1844 Classicism
  • 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, Rachel British London, England 1963 Contemporary
  • Torso (1991)
  • House (1993)
  • Orange Bath (1996)

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