Wolfgang Grimm:
Sculpture "Eva 2000" (1995), Version in Bronze

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Wolfgang Grimm:
Sculpture "Eva 2000" (1995), Version in Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Handmade | Patinated | Height 34 cm

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Wolfgang Grimm: Sculpture "Eva 2000" (1995), Version in Bronze

Wolfgang Grimm, born in 1956 near Frankfurt, lives and works in the Hessian city, Lauterbach. After the great success with the two-dimensional works, it is logical for Grimm to take up the sculpture. His Eva from 2000 shows the height, he could reach in this sphere.

ars mundi special edition in fine bronze, cast by hand in the lost wax technique. Finely patinated, numbered, signed with a foundry stamp. Limited edition of 99 copies (total edition 497). Height 34 cm, floor area 13 x 9 cm.

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The Wolfgang Grimm was born in 1956 in the vicinity of the Frankfurt felt the relentless urge to artistically communicate with the world in his younger days. So, the Grimm resident for 30 years in the Hessian Lauterbach first dealt with manufacturing of drawings and etchings. After he had perfected it, he began to paint in watercolour and oil, and describes it as logical and only possible development step, thereafter turn to three-dimensional works. In this way, several sculptures have arisen recently, by a powerful dynamic, unadulterated self-confidence of a new generation embody and make visible.

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

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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.

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.

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