Ernst Barlach:
Wall object "Head of the Gustrow Memorial", reduction in bronze


Ernst Barlach:
Wall object "Head of the Gustrow Memorial", reduction in bronze

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Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition | Limited 980 pieces | Numbered | Signature | Casting Hallmark | Certificate | Bronze | Reduction | Size 22.5 x 24 x 15 cm (W / H / D) | Weight 4.5 kg | Wall mounting

Ernst Barlach: Wall object "Head of the Gustrow Memorial", reduction in bronze

Memorial expressions and friendship: The "Floating"

One of the most famous works of Ernst Barlach, the "Floating", was created as a memorial to the victims of World War I and hung as such from 1927-1937 in a niche of the Gustrower Cathedral. However, he is on the same two ways also a memorial of friendship: The overall sculpture (catalog of works 425) such as a detailed casting "Head of Gustrower memorial" (catalog of works 426).

That the overall sculpture still exists, we owe Barlach friends.They left shortly after the artist's death in 1938 based on the existing work model make a further cast and hid it after "The floating" 1937 was classified by the Nazi authorities as "degenerate", was removed from the Cathedral, and finally even melted. It hangs today in the Antoniter Church Cologne and in turn could be used to produce a further cast for the original site.So towards masterpiece returned in 1953 in the Gustrower Cathedral and recalled there since the dates are engraved in the stone under him, to the victims of the world wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-45.

The "head of Gustrower memorial", Barlach detail cast in 1930, moreover, is a document of direct artistic friendship. His facial features are quite clear - although "no intention" as Barlach later claimed - that of his artist friend Käthe Kollwitz. Her work has been ostracized in Nazi Germany. 1936 their work has been removed from the Berlin Academy exhibition. As an artist she was henceforth practically no longer present. So acts of "head of Gustrower memorial" in retrospect as a premonition of a community of fate: It is the portrait of an artist who admired Barlach amicably and as he himself soon hard times was approaching.

The special features of this edition:

From fine bronze,hand lost wax cast. The mold was taken directly from the original and scaled down. Limited 980 pieces individually numbered, with casting Hallmark. Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition, published in cooperation with the Ernst Barlach society. Numbered authenticity certificate and limitation.

edition as a wall object. Detail cast of "floating" (VMS 424, 1927), first performed in 1930 (VMS 426). Size 22.5 x 24 x 15 cm (W / H / D) Weight 4.5 kg. With wall mounting.

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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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Sand casting

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.