Loet Vanderveen:
Sculpture ‘Penguin’, bronze


Loet Vanderveen:
Sculpture ‘Penguin’, bronze


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Limited, 2.500 copies | Numbered | Signed | Bronze | Patinated | Polished | Format 14 x 14 cm


Loet Vanderveen: Sculpture ‘Penguin’, bronze

Sculpture of fine bronze, Limited edition of 2.500 copies, each numbered and signed. Lost-wax casting method, patinated in black and partially high-gloss polished. Work index 376. Format 14 x 14 cm.

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Born in Rotterdam the American Loet Vanderveen is today the most important animal sculptor of North America. His works are represented much more in leading collections such as the Minneapolis Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, and the De Young Museum in San Francisco.

Many celebrities are enthusiastic collectors of his sculptures, including the former US President Reagan and Gerald Ford, actors like Elizabeth Taylor or Arnold Schwarzenegger, and even royalty as Queen Elizabeth II., Sheikh Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz, Prince Faisal Al Bendar or the Sultan of Oman.

The secret of his great success lies in the unique stylization: Each sculpture is elegant and modern and has a dynamic movement begins in the special charm and the character of the animals. Outstanding are also the perfect workmanship and the unique patina of the bronze sculptures in many years the artist worked through the intensive study of ancient Chinese glaze techniques to load and usage of bronze.

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.

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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