Eunwha Kim-Kilian:
Bronze sculpture "Shell" - after M. C. Escher


Eunwha Kim-Kilian:
Bronze sculpture "Shell" - after M. C. Escher

Order-nr. IN-288913

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Limited, 390 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze + Granite | Format: 30 x 42 cm (W/H) | Weight 12.5 kg

Eunwha Kim-Kilian: Bronze sculpture "Shell" - after M. C. Escher

The Dutch painter M. C. Escher (1898-1972) was a master of optical illusions and surprising perspectives. He is the creator of one of the most unusual woman portraits in the history of art: The contours of his model are featured just by a band curved in space. This sculptural edition of the portrait, precisely rendering in three-dimensional version the drawn spatial depth of the original, appeared on the 100th anniversary of the artist.

Bronze sculpture after the world-famous wood carving of M. C. Escher. Strictly limited world issue of 390 exemplars. With Escher´s signature and serial numbering. Mounted on finely cut back granite. Format: 30 x 42 cm (W/H) incl. base 24 x 5 x 24 cm (W/H/D). Weight of the sculpture 12.5 kg.

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Sculptural representation of person's head and shoulders.

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.

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