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Ernst Fuchs: "Papageno"

Ernst Fuchs:
"Papageno"

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Limited, 499 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Handmade | Patinated | Partly polished | Height 41 cm | Weight 2.9 kg

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Ernst Fuchs: "Papageno"

The sets, designed by Ernst Fuchs of the opera houses in Hamburg and Munich. He created for the Magic Flute of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, more than 200 costumes, numerous paintings and this magnificent pair of sculptures: Papageno and Papagena, the fun-loving entertainers and real heroes in Mozart's favorite opera. The bird trader pair belongs to the most beautiful rich oeuvre sculptures of Fuchs.

Each object is individually in fine bronze lost wax cast, intricate many details which is presents great challenges to the Foundry. Many hours are finely engraved to identify the manifold subtleties. Each sculpture is then coated with a fine patina. A high quality art work of perhaps the most important living artist of Europe! If the graceful sculptures serve as table decorations for a romantic candlelight dinner, the glimmer of candle can shine their beauty gorgeous: elegant candle holder Papageno and Papagena bring light, splendour and mysterious magic on a festive table.

Sculpture made of fine bronze, lost wax cast, patinated and partly polished. Limited worldedition 499 pieces , numbered and signed. The numbers 1 to 199 are available only in a set with the same numbers. Height without candle 41cm. Weight 2.9 kg.

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Ernst FuchsBorn in Vienna in 1930, Ernst Fuchs introduced already during his studies at the Vienna Academy in 1946-47, his works along with other young artists to the audience. He is one of the co-founders of fantastic realism in Vienna School. This artistic movement known was born in 1945 in Vienna and aware of the abstract art borders. The artists were in their works with the French Surrealism, the experience of the new objectivity and Pittura metafisica, as well as the fantastic elements of the pre-war Viennese art. Ernst Fuchs factory has significantly influenced of the 20th Century art.

The motives are complex symbols representing the afflictions of the people between life and death. Biblical and mythological representations dominate. The motives of the old and New Testaments are deliberately cryptic and visionary expressiveness. These puzzles are designed to instruct the viewer as the artist knowledge and solution.

His confrontation with the heterogeneous art traditions led him to a private historicism. He mixed, partly in polemical intentioned shape styles. In his first book "Architectura caelestis / the images of the lost style", in 1964 he published, outlining his artistic conception.

Something mystical and often erotic adheres to the imaginative picture inventions, often alienated by surreal elements. Fox's entire oeuvre is crisscrossed repeatedly by biblical motives. They lead to the unique book object, the Ernst Fuchs Bible.

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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