Elvira Bach:
Sculpture "China Girl" (2007), bronze


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Limited, 15 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Size 24 x 32 x 12 cm | Weight 6 kg


Elvira Bach: Sculpture "China Girl" (2007), bronze

The bronze sculpture of China girl has with its low circulation of only 15 pieces with rarity value. It is the first sculpture by Elvira Bach, the strength and sensuality with the classicism of the high rank of the bronze sculpture in particularly successful way.

Sculpture in bronze, 2007 limited edition numbered 15 pieces, and signed. Size 24 x 32 x 12 cm. Weight approx. 6 kg.

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Elvira Bach is one of the most famous women artist in Germany. “I express my state through what I know, forefeel, dream of or hope for. Here it goes about the question of beauty and this the most important thing for the artist.

In this words Elvira Bach expressed the essence of her art. She was born in Neuenhain, Taunus on June 22, 1951.

At the beginning of the 70s Elvira came to Berlin, where she studied at the University of the Arts under the supervision of prof. Trier.

The starting point of her art is she herself and her inner word. That is why she joined the representatives of the “Wild Style” movement, which reached its highest point at the beginning of 80s.

She got her world fame since the documenta 7 in Kassel. This was followed by exhibitions in the significant artistic centers as London, Paris and in Guggenheim Museum, New York. In her studio in Kreuzberg, Berlin Elvira Bach experimented with colors and forms. Here appeared large-sized works with marvelous colorfulness and imposing strokes. She painted women portrayals with passion. In them you can often find the artist herself: emancipated big city ladies and sensual women which bind families and carrier. Her paintings became softer, less shrill.

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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