Elmar Dietz:
Sculpture "Bull" (1979), bronze


Elmar Dietz:
Sculpture "Bull" (1979), bronze


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Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition | Limited 199 pieces | Numbers | Signed | Bronze | Handmade | Handpatinated | Size 41 x 29 x 16 cm (W / H / D) | Weight 8 kg


Elmar Dietz: Sculpture "Bull" (1979), bronze

He is probably the most popular subject of art history: the bull. Since time immemorial, it is a symbol of courage, strength and masculinity. But rarely the proud beast was so powerful as implemented by Elmar Dietz, the sculptor and painter of the Munich Secession. His "bull" was on display in the Great Art Exhibition in the Haus der Kunst, Munich. Now also in Size particularly impressive sculpture appears for the first time and exclusively at Ars Mundi as a limited and numbered edition.

Sculpture in fine bronze, hand lost- wax- cast, hand patinated. Limited world edition 199 pieces, numbered. With signature on the top base. Size incl. base 41 x 29 x 16 cm (W / H / D). Weight 8 kg.

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Elmar Dietz, sculptor and painter. Already in 1931, he won the Schwabing Arts Award. For almost half a century (1948-1990) Elmar Dietz was on the forefront of the Munich secession. In 1972, he rehabilitated among others, the Quadriga in Munich. His works are no present in many Bavarian churches in public institutions. His “Bull” could be admired in the great art exhibition in Haus der Kunst, Munich.

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.

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.

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