Nikolay Anev:
Sculpture "Pan", bronze on natural stone

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Limited, 199 Copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze + Stone | Handmade | Hand Patinated | Polished | Format 28.5 x 13.5 x 12 cm | Weight 4 kg

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Nikolay Anev: Sculpture "Pan", bronze on natural stone

Pan, the greek god of the shepherds, was in the antique mythology equated with nature. As nature, he was unpredictable.

Sculpture in fine bronze, casted with lost wax technique. Patinated by hand, polished and mounted on foot made of natural stone. Limited edition of 199 exemplars, numbered and signed. Size 28,5 x 13,5 x 12 cm.

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1950-2009, Sculptor

Nikolay AnevNikolay Anev. Born in Sofia in 1950 Nikolay Anev belonged to the most famous sculptors of Bulgaria, where he was already anno 1984 and 1986 national awards for his sculptural oeuvre. He got his nickname „The Thracian “ when he worked as a restaurateur of Thracian treasures in the National University of Cultural Monuments in Sofia before his study in the Academy in St. Petersburg. Nikolay Anev died in 2009.

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.

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