Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "Kiss Group I" (1921), Reduction in Bronze


Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "Kiss Group I" (1921), Reduction in Bronze

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ars mundi special edition | Limited, 980 copies | Numbered | Signature | Foundry stamp | Certificate | Bronze | Patinated | Reduction | Format 19.5 x 19 x 10 cm (H/W/D) | Weight 3.2 kg

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture "Kiss Group I" (1921), Reduction in Bronze

The mystic of love: the "Kiss Group I" by Ernst Barlach. Ars mundi special edition, issued in collaboration with the Art Hall Bremen.

The works of Ernst Barlach are shaped with deep humanity. His presentation of a simple human escape from the idealizing of the outer and address to the human ideal, that represents the actual time flow of the everyday reality. His praying, music-making, searching figures seem to flow through as if they are a spiritual force that makes them part of an overarching, mystical whole.

This refers to the Barlach's "Kiss" which appeared in opposition to the eponymous work of Rodin in 1921. Unlike the one by Rodin, the sculptural group by Barlach doesn't stress on the element of Eros but rather presents the loving bond, that breaks the borders of the sculpture. The intimacy with which they are facing each other seems to be characterized by long shared life experience and unwavering confidence. Already in its monolithic structure, the work shows a "twofoldness" of the couple, which reveals love not as a fleeting erotic phenomenon but as an almost mystical human basic experience - the main characters here are not Venus and Adonis, but Philemon and Baucis.

Sculpture "Kiss Group I": Original: plaster lacquered.
Fine bronze, cast by hand in lost-wax technique and patinated. The shape was taken directly from the original and reduced (reduction). Limited edition 980 copies, individually numbered and marked with the original "E. Barlach" signature and the foundry hallmark. arsmundi special edition, issues in cooperation with the Art Hall Bremen. With numbered authenticity and limitation certificate. Format 19.5 x 19 x 10 cm (H/W/D). Weight 3.2 kg.

"Some of the best-known works of art in modern times are dedicated to the kiss - Gustav Klimt's and Auguste Rodin's representations are the most prominent examples, and Ernst Barlach has also dealt with this theme, focusing on the whole spectrum of people. "The Bremen Kiss Group" presents an unusually intimate view of an affectionate couple, reinforced by the format and the medium. " (Prof. Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Director of the Kunsthalle Bremen)

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1870-1938, Sculptor, writer and artist

Ernst Barlach was born on January 2,1870 in Wedel and died on August 24, 1938 in Rostok. He took the outstanding position in the German expressionism. As a graphic, painter and a writer and especially as an architect Barlach created the mileposts of the history of arts. The plastic works of Barlach search for the borderline experience and its expression and the special effect of his works lies in that. These are works of the multilayered meaning, in which the knowledge of a human is put in the foreground, what stands over “me” and “things” of the world.

The intention of Barlach roots in the deep, in something inner. He underwent the war and the difficult living conditions and experienced suffering and happiness. And also in the center of his creation there stands a human: Ecce homo.

“I request nothing else as bad and right to be an artist. This is my belief that everything that is not expressed through the work, through forms can pass in the sphere of something different. My desire and creative impulse circle round the problem of the sense of life and the other great mountains of the spiritual area.” (Ernst Barlach)

In 1925 Ernst Barlach became the member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. In 1933 he became a member of the Peace Class of the military order "Pour le Mérite". In 1937 the national socialists declined his works as the “degraded art” at all the open collections and places. On October 24, 1938 Ernst Barlach died in Rostok. Today the works of Ernst Barlach became a tight part of the leading museums and collections and achieved – where available – the auction records.

“The Singing Man” was the most famous statue of Ernst Barlach, an icon of modern. He decorated the book illustrations and posters, the early edition is the important part of collections in the great museums of the world, e.g. the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.

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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