Manuel Vidal:
Sculpture "Mar", bronze

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Sculpture "Mar", bronze

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Limited, 2,999 exemplars | serially numbered certificate | signed | bronze | patinated | Format 22 x 15 x 15 cm (W/H/D)

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Manuel Vidal: Sculpture "Mar", bronze

Love and beauty are the great themes of the Spanish sculptor Manuel Vidal (*1953). His passion for sculpture made him create art works of unique expressivity.

Sculpture of fine bronze, hand--patinated. Limited edition of 2,999 exemplars, serially numbered certificate and signed. Format 22 x 15 x 15 cm (W/H/D).

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Born in Spain in 1953 as a child artist already showed a penchant for plastically works and sculpture. But since he could not count on family support, he turned his artistic skills in the textile industry. As in 1981 in his hometown of La Pobla de Claramunt an art school was founded, the "Escuela de Artes y Oficios", he accepts there the function of the rector. He gives this position after a few years in order to devote himself entirely to his sculptural work.

He creates sculptures that reveal a clear tendency to the figurative in dynamic, dance movement. In his world, man is focus on a creation that is constantly renewed. As the great masters of Greek Antiquity, he is always looking for the truth and the origin of human existence. With zest, he breaks up the rock and forms it into sculptures of unique beauty and expressiveness.

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.

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.

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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