Antje Michael:
Sculpture "Fipps, the Monkey" (2011), bronze

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Limited, 24 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Size 21 x 15 cm (H x W)

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Antje Michael: Sculpture "Fipps, the Monkey" (2011), bronze

"Fipps, the monkey" from the eponymous story by Wilhelm Busch. Sculpture in Bronze 2011 Edition of 24 pieces, numbered and signed. Height 21 cm, width 15 cm.

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The Salzburgerin Antje Michael, born in 1942, attended the sculpture class at the Art School Dortmund and the State Vocational School of Ceramics in Landshut / Bavaria.

In animal representations Antje captures masterfully the characteristic in pose and expression in rounded harmonious shapes. Antje Michael gives sculptures that expression endearing guilelessness and authentic dignity as it is to own animals. The sculptures by Antje Michael can be identified worldwide immediately in their unique style.

Antje Michael had worked since 1973 as a freelance artist in the vicinity of Marburg a. d. Lahn.

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

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.

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