Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Herb-Picker-Woman" (1894), reduction in bronze


Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Herb-Picker-Woman" (1894), reduction in bronze

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Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition | Limited 980 pieces | Numbered | Signature | Casting Hallmark | Certificate | Bronze | Patinated | Reduction | Size 21 x 22.5 x 14 cm (W / H / D) | Weight 2.5 kg

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture "The Herb-Picker-Woman" (1894), reduction in bronze

Ernst Barlach's masterpiece

Without a doubt Ernst Barlach was one of the high quality figures of expressionism and one of the most important Germany artists . He has always put the people at the center of his artistic career. Even in its "Herb-Picker-Woman", a simple woman working in the fields, which bends down to meadow plants. This sculpture, created in 1894, Barlach was masterpiece: It belonged to the final examination of his studies at the Dresden Academy of fine arts in 1895; at the same time he put it in 1898 than his first work on the great Berlin art exhibition.

Sculpture "The Herb-Picker-Woman": Original: tinted gypsum.

Fine bronze, lost wax cast, hand patinated. The mold was taken directly from the original and reduced (reduction). Limited edition 980 pieces individually numbered and provided with the acquired from the original signature "E. Barlach" and the Casting Hallmark. Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition, published in cooperation with the Ernst Barlach society. With numbered authenticity certificate and limitation. Size 21 x 22.5 x 14 cm (W / H / D) Weight 2.5 kg.

Always fascinated by the 'Herb-Picker-Woman' by Ernst Barlach. With this work, the sculptor has thrown a new perspective on the everyday life of the people and thereby given new impetus not only, but also a new sense of sculpture in Germany. He, the simple people, began this work to move the so called people from the street back into the real optical field of view of art." (Dr. Jurgen Dany, chairman of the Ernst Barlach society)

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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.

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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