Sculpture "Don Quixote, the Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance", Bronze


Sculpture "Don Quixote, the Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance", Bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition| Limited, 199 piecesn | Numbered | Signed |Bronze | Handmade| Handpatinated and-polished| Size 42 x 45 x 16 cm (W/H/D) | Lances length 47 cm

RobiN: Sculpture "Don Quixote, the Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance", Bronze

Don Quixote, the protagonist of the national epos by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) is nowadays the most Spanish of all the heroes: with pride, honor and passion, he leaves the daily routine and dives int he world full of adventures, with his fantasy, of course. He takes his rusty armour, calls his old mare a battlefield steed Rosinante and raises himself to the knight. Only his brave servant Sncho Pansa is always ready to reach him a helping hand. RobiN created another piece of his series "Tales, Myths and Sagas": his sculpture "Don Quixote" is a real masterpiece, full of expressiveness and passion, one of the best pieces in his creative work.

Sculpture in bronze, hand cast lost wax, partly hand green patinated, partly polished. With leather straps as the reins and a wooden spear. Ars Mundi exclusive edition. Limited edition 199 pieces, numbered and signed. Size 42 x 45 x 16 cm (W/H/D), Lance length 47 cm.

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Born in Munich in 1948, the artist felt no urge to study at an art school for years and took nude drawing his way to art rather into his own hands.This way led through a preoccupation with philosophical questions about free art. Within a short time he found his own style.

Bright colours and free form abstract inventions are included as well as sly references to the real world of objects. With great artistic skill, he translates his ideas and visions, whether in painting or sculpture. The breakthrough for Robin came very quickly. His works can be seen today in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Simon Wiesenthal Tolerance Centre Museum of the in Los Angeles, where he is represented as the first German non-Jewish faith.

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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Sand casting