Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Reunion" (1930), reduction in bronze


Ernst Barlach:
Sculpture "The Reunion" (1930), reduction in bronze

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Limited, 980 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Punched | Bronze | Reduction | Hand-made | Format: 14 x 33 x 8.5 cm (W/H/D) | Authenticity and limiting certificate | Serially numbered

Ernst Barlach: Sculpture "The Reunion" (1930), reduction in bronze

"The Reunion" is one of the epochal works of modern sculpture: the profound humanism marking Barlach´s work goes beyond the biblical scene presented here. It is about an eyewitness: Thomas – in Aramaic, his name means "Twin Brother" - meets Christ, at his resurrection, which he believed only after seeing him with his own very eyes and after touching his wounds with his fingers.

Barlach presented the moment of recognition and of understanding and acknowledging the truth. By this, he achieved more than a Christian iconography. The God who became a man is the "twin brother" of people, his compassion is a brotherly one. And, in this recognition of the humaneness of the God´s Son, there is both hope and mission - pursuing the humanity.

This limited edition resulted in close cooperation with the Ernst Barlach Company. Sculpture reproduced directly after the original and reduced (reduction). Fine bronze, cast by hand using the lost wax technique. Format: 14 x 33 x 8.5 cm (W/H/D). Limited series 980 exemplars, individually serially numbered, with the signature taken over from the original "E. Barlach" and with the casting punch. With serially numbered authenticity and limiting certificate.

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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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