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Sybille de Braak: Sculpture "Children at Buck Vaulting", Version in Bronze

Sybille de Braak:
Sculpture "Children at Buck Vaulting", Version in Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Stamped | Edition in bronze | Patinated | Polished | Format 27 x 25 x 16 cm (W/H/D)

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Sybille de Braak: Sculpture "Children at Buck Vaulting", Version in Bronze

ars mundi special edition, numbered, signed and stamped. Format 27 x 25 x 16 cm (W/H/D). Edition in fine bronze. Cast by hand in lost wax technique, patinated and polished by hand. Limited edition of 99 copies.

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Sybille de Braak"Sculpture must speak for itself," says the sculptor Sybille de Braak about her work. Born in 1947 in Norf in Dusseldorf, she moved with her parents to Den Haag, Netherlands in 1948. After a classical ballet training, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Breda, later at the Royal College in Hague and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam.

Sybille de Braak had her first solo exhibition in 1980 in Den Haag. Numerous other exhibitions followed in Netherlands and Spain.

For Sybille de Braak consciousness is on the classic values in the foreground: love and respect, knowledge and truth, harmony and beauty, tenderness and humor. These eternal values inspire her work and are represented in her beautiful sculptures.

An alloy of copper with other metals (especially with tin) used since ancient times.

Bronze casting:

When casting bronze, artist usually applies the lost-wax technique which is dating back more than 5000 years. It's the best, but also the most complex method of producing sculptures.

Sculpture "The Book Reader" by Ernst Barlachs is shown here as an example:

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture 'The book reader'

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 1

First, the artist forms a model of his sculpture. It is embedded in a liquid silicone rubber composition. Once the material has solidified, the model is cut out. The liquid wax is poured in the negative mould. After cooling down, the wax casting is removed from the mould, provided with sprues and dipped into ceramic mass. The ceramic mass is hardened in a kiln, and the wax flows out (lost mould).

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 2Now we finally have the negative form, into which the 1400 ° C hot molten bronze is poured. After the bronze had cooled down, the ceramic shell is broken off and the sculpture comes to light.

Ernst Barlach 'The Book Reader' - Lost Wax Casting Technique Part 3Now the sprues are removed, the surfaces are polished, patinated and numbered by the artist himself or, to his specifications, by a specialist. Thus, each casting becomes an original work

For lower-grade bronze castings, the sand casting method is often used which, however, does not achieve the results of more complex lost wax technique in terms of surface characteristics and quality.

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Sand casting

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.

While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, for bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually it is made of clay or other easily shaped materials.

The prime time of sculpture after the Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Also the contemporary artists, such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz enriched the sculpture with outstanding works.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.

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