Thomas Schöne:
Sculpture ‘Psyche’, version in bronze


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ars mundi exclusive edition | limited, 99 copies | numbered | signed | foundry hallmark | edition in bronze | patinated | polished | total height 40 cm | weight 17 kg

Thomas Schöne: Sculpture ‘Psyche’, version in bronze

Look at Psyche with the eyes of Cupid, the eyes of love. He sees her exactly at the moment when her gown is sensually wound around her body, and falls in love with the charming girl. In such a way begins one of the most dramatic and beautiful love stories of Greek mythology. The seemingly impossible relationship of God with the mortal will still be put to a lot of tests. Finally, the gods are so impressed with the boundless love between Psyche and Cupid that they take Psyche to Olympus and reward her with immortality.

‘Psyche’, the creation of Thomas Schöne, is exclusively brought out by ars mundi. The ‘Psyche’ is a prime example of masterly technique and the high sensitivity typical of him. In his interpretation, he creates a delicate allegory of the myth of Psyche and thus a symbol of the undying love.

ars mundi exclusive edition, limited world edition of 497 copies. Numbered and signed. On a black diabase plinth. Total height 40 cm. Weight 17 kg. Edition in bronze. Cast using the lost wax casting method, finely patinated and polished by hand. With a foundry hallmark in casting. Limited edition of 99 copies.

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Born 1961 in Westphalia and now lives in Penzberg, the artist has become widely well-known through his book illustrations and productions as well as exhibitions in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Dusseldorf, Gutersloh, and Munich in the European cultural landscape.

His work is carried by the Christian faith, which inspires him repeatedly to artistic excellence. Thomas Beautiful sculptures characterized by a specific passion, supported by masterly technique and deep faith. He creates works with a rarely encountered inspirational artistic sensibility. Expressive of internationally recognized sculptor, graphic designer and painter while staged the drama of the struggle of invisible world between good and evil, light and darkness.

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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Sand casting

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