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Evert den Hartog: "Happy Elefant", 2004

Evert den Hartog:
"Happy Elefant", 2004

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Limited, 299 Copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze + Diabase | Handmade | Hand Patinated | Polished | Height 41 cm | Weight 11 kg

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Evert den Hartog: "Happy Elefant", 2004

Lost wax casting, bronze, patinated and polished by hand, black diabas base, limited edition world wide of 299, numbered, signature emblem of the artist, 41 cm (h - incl. base), 11 kg.

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The artist Evert-den-Hartog at the jobEvert den Hartog, 1949 born in Groot-Ammers (Netherlands), the nature of the skies, the birds as weighty bronze sculptures is precisely. But the metal is transformed into his hands to zero gravity. The birds seem to be detached from its base and are located at the moment of levitation. The artist in positions of seemingly gewichtsloser lightness holds also the other creatures in the animal world. The Dutch sculptor has taken up the challenge to combine lightness and EarthLink.

Den Hartog received his artistic training from 1971 to 1976 at the Academy of fine arts in Rotterdam . Only ceramic sculptures created but largely, until he early 80s bronze discovered his passion for the material. The theme of his works comes on the one hand from the animal world, who is under arrest in its multi-faceted motifs of ancient mythology. On the other hand, his daughter Eline for the artist and father represents a new inspiring model.

A tremendous vitality and dynamism is the Hartogs in all plants. The distinctive Dutch humour sprays from the objects and gives an unexpected lightness to the bronze sculptures.

In many Dutch cities such as the Hague and Rotterdam you will find the bronze sculptures of the artist Evert den Hartog in parks and public places. In the Dutch and German galleries, the artist presents his extensive Œuvre a large audience group. Bronze sculptures are also far from his home in Dallas, Djakarta, and Kobe (Japan).

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.

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.

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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