Bernard Kapfer:
Sculpture "Psyche", bronze


Bernard Kapfer:
Sculpture "Psyche", bronze

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Ars mundi exclusive edition | Limited, 199 exemplars | Serially numbered | Signed | Bronze | Hand-painted | Polished | Format 22 x 38 x 12 cm (W/H/D) | Weight ca. 5 kg.

Bernard Kapfer: Sculpture "Psyche", bronze

Often, the Greek myths constitute the representation world for Bernard Kapfer's lyric powerful works. With his "Psyche", he is searching the inner side of humans. "Psyche" (Greek for "Soul") represents for him the nature of human beings itself and the sum of his feelings and emotions. But Kapfer also relates his creation to the legend of Psyche, the beautiful daughter of the Greek king: Psyche defying all the obstacles of this world of the other, is underwent terrible ordeals, by which her celestial love for Amor becomes divine and even the epitome of pure love. Asked why he loves sculpture so much, Bernard Kapfer answers that he has the strange impression the sculptures are rather interested in him. 

ars mundi exclusive edition. Sculpture in fine bronze, hand-cast using the lost wax technique. Hand-patinated and polished. Limited edition, 199 exemplars, serially numbered and signed. Format incl. base 22 x 38 x 12 cm (W/H/D). Weight ca. 5 kg.

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"If you do not fear a heavy task, she will provide beautiful children friends", Bernard Kapfer explains the key with a wink to his art.

Born in Paris in 1945 sculptor studied at the "L'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs" in Nice, where the current election-Alsace for many years occupied exclusively with painting and drawing, before the sculpture became the focus of his work. In consummate technique Kapfer embarks on the search for archetypal forms. It is based on the great tradition of the Renaissance, the study of the great masterpieces of classical music and its contemporary reinterpretation are his way for the art of the 21st century.

Bernard Kapfers works are internationally known for numerous exhibitions in France, Monte Carlo, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Hong Kong.

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.

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