Johann Baptist Lenz:
Sculpture ‘Eve on Apple’, version in bronze


Johann Baptist Lenz:
Sculpture ‘Eve on Apple’, version in bronze

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ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 99 copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Total format 23 x 42 x 39 (W/H/D) | Weight 13.85 kg

Johann Baptist Lenz: Sculpture ‘Eve on Apple’, version in bronze

Lenz’s creative urge rests on the foundation of Christianity, and one of his key activities was the design of chancels, churches and chapels. Among these works there are numerous highly realistic portrayals of John the Baptist or the desperate devastated Peter. But even religious subjects by Lenz (1922-2007) from time to time received his characteristic humor. His ‘Eve on Apple’ gives to the art history long existing stereotypical motif a new original variation - the sculpture plays with a wink with the clichés of the biblical narrative._x000D_


‘Eve on Apple’ in cast bronze. Edition in bronze on a limestone plinth, patinated and polished. Lost-wax casting method by hand. Limited edition of 99 copies, numbered and signed. Format of the sculpture 23 x 38 x 17 cm (W/H/D), Format of the plinth 20 x 4 x 39 cm (W/H/D). Weight 13.85 kg. Exclusively at ars mundi.

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Johann Baptist Lenz (1922-2007) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

Priorities of the freelance artist were the design of churches and chapels as well as the design of fountains and memorials. In addition, he created a number of sculptures of animals, such as horses, cows, goats and owls. Johann Baptist Lenz had the special gift to open up new perspectives on supposedly well-known motifs.

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

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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