Gustav Eberlein:
Sculpture "Psyche", Bronze edition


Gustav Eberlein:
Sculpture "Psyche", Bronze edition


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Replica | Bronze | Handmade | Patinated | Polished | Total height 46 cm

Gustav Eberlein: Sculpture "Psyche", Bronze edition

Psyche was a princess of so extraordinary beauty that the jealous goddess Venus ordered her son Cupid to make her in love with an ugly man. But Cupid fell in love himself in the psyche . In order to save their love, Psyche went to Sheol and was revived by Cupid kiss. Their inseparable love touched even the gods, finally recorded the Psyche to Olympus.

Original: Bronze 1886

Replica, height incl. base 46 cm. Bronze Edition , lost - wax - cast, polished and patinated.

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Gustav Eberlein (1847-1926) was a sculptor, painter and writer. Emperor Wilhelm visited him repeatedly in his studio on Lützow shore in Berliner, Martin Gropius was among his promoters. At the end of the 19th century, there were no of the establishment not wanted their portrait made by him. And so, the fame of Gustav Eberlein, born in Hannoversch Münden, was related mainly to the number of memorials of high-ranking personalities. His important work, consisting of over 600 sculptures and 300 paintings, made Eberlein one of the most complete artist of his 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.

The mold is usually taken directly from the original, so that the replica reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replica, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.

A replica of ars mundi is a recognizable image of the original.