Wanda Pratschke:
Sculpture "Awakening" (2004)


Wanda Pratschke:
Sculpture "Awakening" (2004)


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Limited, 6 copies | Monogrammed | Bronze | Format 25 x 56 x 37 cm (H x W x D)


Wanda Pratschke: Sculpture "Awakening" (2004)

Sculpture from bronze, 2004. Edition: 6 copies, monogrammed. Height 25 cm, width 56 cm, depth 37 cm.

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Wanda Pratschke was born in Berlin in 1939. The artist lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. After studying painting at the Art School with Prof. J. G. Geyger and sculpting with Willi Schmid, she took lessons from Prof. Markus Luepertz and Wolf Vostell in Salzburg. Today, the artist is regularly present in solo and group exhibitions.

Her works attracted attention in the Frankfurt exhibition hall 1A, in which the artist had set up an open studio in 2009. The audience was able to witness the creation of the plaster sculpture "Grosse Liegende" live and on site. The work then became a crowd puller in the exhibition "Strong Women Own the Land" in the sculpture park in Moerfelden-Walldorf.

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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