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Peter Hohberger: Sculpture "Europa" (1992), version in bronze

Peter Hohberger:
Sculpture "Europa" (1992), version in bronze

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Limited, 99 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Format: 50.5 x 18.5 cm

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Peter Hohberger: Sculpture "Europa" (1992), version in bronze

Gentle erotic of classical modernism: Hohberger´s sculpture Europa, created by him in 1992, is of an open and disarming sensuality. Europa, symbol of feminine, not the passing beauty of the youth, but rather the eternal stimulus for a man to take action. It is the moment of ravishment: self-forgetful and fully relaxed, this woman image created by Peter Hohberger charms everyone who sees it. We guess what incited Zeus when he abducted Europa, in the shape of a bull.

Edition in bronze. Cast using the lost wax technique, finely patinated and polished. Limited series of 99 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format: 50.5 x 18.5 cm.

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Peter HohbergerBorn 1939, former actor, now a sculptor and painter.

Born in Silesia on November 12, 1939, sculptor Peter Hohberger dealt as a child with the drawing and modeling. After a successful career as an actor he has devoted himself for many years of painting and the visual arts. He sees himself consciously as a sculptor in the classical sense.

His aesthetic basic understanding is shaped by nature; it is the beauty of the human body itself that fascinated him and he reacted by modernism untouched in his files and portrait busts. His models, he does not deny: They are the masters of ancient Greece, Auguste Rodin and especially Arno Breker, who taught him personally. Of all he has learned, and not just in the accuracy with which he knows to represent the beauty of the female body.

Hohberger said: "art that enriches life and happy people survived any kind of so-called “Spirit of the time".

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

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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