Marg Moll:
Sculpture "Standing" (1929), reduction in bronze


Marg Moll:
Sculpture "Standing" (1929), reduction in bronze

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Ars Mundi exclusive edition | limited, 199 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Patinated | Reduction | Format: 6.5 x 34 x 6 cm | Weight 1.4 kg

Marg Moll: Sculpture "Standing" (1929), reduction in bronze

She studied with the great Henri Matisse, being one of the first, if not the first important German sculptor women. Accused during the Third Reich as being "degenerate", some of her earlier works survived just by chance the Nazi period and war.

Aggrieved by her many lost works, Moll tried in the late 1940s, to recreate two of her works from the 1920s. Her "Standing" bronze proves the powerful and also the sensuality-focused creative force of the artist.

The form was taken directly after the original and reduced (reduction). Sculpture in fine bronze, cast by hand using the lost wax technique and patinated. Limited series of 199 exemplars, individually serially numbered and signed and with casting punch. Format: 6.5 x 34 x 6 cm. Weight 1.4 kg. ars mundi exclusive edition.

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(1884-1977), German sculptor, painter and author

Portrait of the artist Marg Moll is regarded as the only German sculptor of the French artist Henri Matisse. Took her to Stadel over the concept of the balance of the body and of setting up of details - the beginning of abstraction. Moll devoted herself to the field of sculpture and created her first plastic works long ago Kathe Kollwitz. It is also the first sculptor of classical modernism. During the Nazi period her works were considered as degenerate. Many were lost.

1969 Moll was awarded the Great Federal Order of Merit. Only in 2010 was founded the "Dancer" (1929) because of an archaeological dig in front of the Red Town Hall in Berlin.

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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Sand casting