Irene Kau:
Sculpture "Cat" (2011), bronze


Irene Kau:
Sculpture "Cat" (2011), bronze

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Limited, 12 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze |Size: 31 x 18 x 24 cm (H x W x D)

Irene Kau: Sculpture "Cat" (2011), bronze

Sculpture in Bronze 2011, edition 12 pieces, numbered and signed. Height: 31 cm, width: 18 cm, depth: 24 cm.

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The artist Irene Kau was born in Frankfurt in 1939 studied at the Städel art school in Frankfurt / Main with Hans L. usury and Hermann Nitsch "and is characterized in its style entirely in Städelscher sense" (Frankfurter Rundschau). The animal sculptor has already earned a good reputation in Germany and the USA, in China and in Israel.

Her sculpture has a purely plastic expression, showing the search for rhythm, a careful adjustment of the various levels and a delicately nuanced modeling.

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.

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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