Emil Nolde:
Sculpture "Burmese Dancer " (1914), bronze partly gold-plated

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Emil Nolde:
Sculpture "Burmese Dancer " (1914), bronze partly gold-plated

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Ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 980 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signature | Casting punch | Certificate | Bronze partly gold-plated | Original size | Format: 8.5 x 28 x 4 cm (W/H/D)

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Emil Nolde: Sculpture "Burmese Dancer " (1914), bronze partly gold-plated

Worldwide exclusively at ars mundi: Emil Node’s Burma dancer.

For the country lad Nolde, it should have been a great adventure: since early October 1913 until the summer of 1914, he accompanied the "Medical-demographic Germany-New Guinea Expedition". The artist Nolde focused totally on people, he drew them and water colored them, being fascinated by their rituals. In Java, he had the opportunity to take part in a royal feast. He, who graduated some wood carving training in his youth, was impressed so much by the dancers able to control even their tiniest movements, that he tried, during his trip aboard the vessel, to capture their grace in figures carved of fuel wood from the ship kitchen.

Emil Nolde´s love and admiration for the aborigines of the visited countries are reflected in the dainty beauty of the Burmese dancer. He attended a dance show of special kind and remembered what he saw, in his memories: "Under palm trees, a dancer danced one night her hot and wild swirling and grotesque dance, until she collapsed in a barely visible bundle. (…) That happened outdoors, under flickering torch lights and accompanied by kettledrums. " This wild, almost ecstatic dance fascinated Nolde so much that, a little later, he reached for the carving knife and shaped the graceful dancer out of a piece of firewood. Especially striking are the eyes of the small dancer, she is the only character carved by Nolde fitted with sparkling garnets. I am very pleased – after the fascinating Burmese dancer was reproduced in excellent quality for a select public, to present this previously largely unknown side of Nolde´s work. (Dr. Christian Ring, Director of the Seebüll Ada and Emil Nolde Foundation)

Sculpture reproduced directly after the original, in original size. Fine bronze, manually cast using the lost wax technique. Gold plated with 24 carat gold. Format: 8 x 31 x 7 cm (W/H/D). Limited edition, 980 exemplars, serially numbered and with signature and casting punch. ars mundi exclusive edition, created in cooperation with Nolde Foundation Seebüll. With serially numbered authenticity and limited edition certificate.

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German expressionist (1867-1956)

Emil Nolde (born as Hans Emil Hansen, until he named after his birthplace in 1902) is considered to be one of the most important German Expressionists.

He was rejected by the Munich Academy, he went to Paris to continue his studies at the local Académie Julien. Since 1905, lived and worked on the Danish island of ALS and in Berlin and was member of the "bridge". Shortly after Nolde from the artistic community "Bridge" at the end of 1907, he met the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in Berlin, which his works impressed him. When visiting his friend Hans Fehr in 1908, he began to discover the technique of water-colours for himself and finally virtuosity to implement.

Nolde work includes numerous of watercolour, oil painting, graphics and some sculptures. His designs are characterized with flowers, landscapes, city scenes, religious motives , always in the situation " composed" , but all of the colour here. When Nolde 1927 moved into his stone house "Seebull" in the North Frisian Neunkirchen, he surrounded it with a large garden and provided him with motifs.

It should be difficult years. Noldes position to Nazism research for a long time and has found quite complicated. 48 of his works were in the notorious art exhibition in 1937 "degenerate art " was showed more than 1000 seized and in 1941 he was even a fate the other painter karl schmidt rottluff and sculptor edwin scharff met had imposed. Nolde responded secretly about 1.300 "Unpainted Pictures" created: small-format watercolours, often in a free, experimental forms. It was, not least which established his post-war fame. In 1955 he was represented at the first Documenta, and also on the second in 1959 his work was presented.

Emil Nolde works can be found in the collections of top museums worldwide, including in the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Hermitage art in New York City, in the Berliner Brucke Museum, the Albertina, Vienna and at the art museum in Basel, to name a few.

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.

The mold is usually taken directly from the original, so that the replica reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replica, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.

A replica of ars mundi is a recognizable image of the original.

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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