Annette Diekemper: Sculpture "Spring Melody", version in bronze

Annette Diekemper:
Sculpture "Spring Melody", version in bronze


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Ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 199 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze version | Hand-patinated and polished | Format 12 x 14 x 10 cm (W/H/D) | Weight 1.6 kg

Annette Diekemper: Sculpture "Spring Melody", version in bronze

The artist born in 1959 in Gütersloh sees herself in the tradition of the naturalist sculpture. Her intention to represent animal look and behavior as authentically as possible, capturing thus a snapshot of nature beauty. 

ars mundi exclusive edition in fine bronze. Hand-cast using the lost wax technique, hand-patinated and polished. Limited edition, 199 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format incl. base 12 x 14 x 10 cm (W/H/D). Weight 1.6 kg.

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The sculptor Annette Diekemper, born in 1959 in Gütersloh, follows with her naturalist works the art of the great animaliers of Jules Mêne and Antoine Barye, who enjoyed great success with their deigns in Parisian Salons.

Her concern is to represent animals in their aspect and behavior, as authentically as possible, and to capture thus a snapshot of the nature beauty.

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

Graphic or sculpture edition that was initiated by ars mundi and is available only at ars mundi or at distribution partner licensed by ars mundi.

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.


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