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RobiN: Sculpture "Merlin",  Bronze Version

RobiN:
Sculpture "Merlin", Bronze Version

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Limited, 99 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Handmade| Patinated | Partially polished | Size 15 x 55 x 15 cm

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RobiN: Sculpture "Merlin", Bronze Version

Merlin appears in the "Historia Regnum Britanniae", already in 1138 as an adviser of British kings who helps with the establishment of the Stonehenge. According to the legend he was a companion of the King Arthur. In course of time his image changes more and more until he turns into an hermit who lives in the solitude of the forest and develops his magic powers.

The almost iconic face of Merlin in RobiN's presentation, strictly cut, narrow brownish facial features with inward rather than outward eyes and an almost monastic robe traditionally show Merlin as a wise man. Only the hat, decorated with stars presents him as a wizard.

Sculpture in fine bronze, hand cast lost wax. fine hand patina and partially polished. Limited edition 99 pieces (+ 199 art bronze), numbered and signed. Size 15 x 55 x 15 cm.

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RobiNBorn in Munich in 1948, the artist felt no urge to study at an art school for years and took nude drawing his way to art rather into his own hands.This way led through a preoccupation with philosophical questions about free art. Within a short time he found his own style.

Bright colours and free form abstract inventions are included as well as sly references to the real world of objects. With great artistic skill, he translates his ideas and visions, whether in painting or sculpture. The breakthrough for Robin came very quickly. His works can be seen today in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Simon Wiesenthal Tolerance Centre Museum of the in Los Angeles, where he is represented as the first German non-Jewish faith.

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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