Marc van Megen:
Sculpture "When the lady smiles" (1995), Bronze

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Marc van Megen:
Sculpture "When the lady smiles" (1995), Bronze

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Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze + marble | Patinated | Polished | Format total 90 x 15 x 15 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 10 kg

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Marc van Megen: Sculpture "When the lady smiles" (1995), Bronze

The Dutch artist Marc van Megen conjures the world with his gracious bronze sculptures, in which detached from the reality of the everyday life, fantasy and idealism set a tone. "When the lady smiles" was the name given to the artist's creation, in which the female body, growing from the flower with the tender elegance.

Sculpture in bronze. Limited world edition of only 99 copies. Cast in lost wax casting technique. Finely polished, patinated in two colors, numbered and signed, with a stamp from the factory. On the black marble base 15 x 15 x 10 cm. Height of the sculpture 80 cm. Weight 10 kg.

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The Dutchman Marc van Megen, born in Venlo on the 6th of August 1968, felt the inner urge during his studies at the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven to give way to his immense creativity in shape of the bronze sculptures production. Studying in 1992, he has developed into a visual artist, whose work is constantly revolving around the imaginative, detailed representation of the feminine.

Van Megen gives the viewer the opportunity to move into an unreal world in which limitations do not seem to exist. His sculptures are an exciting mixture of nature, Art Nouveau and Surrealism, mostly underlaid with a touch of mythology.

Exhibitions of his works in various first-class galleries show that the art of Megens meets the spirit of the time.

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

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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