Ernst Fuchs & Joseph F. Askew:
Sculpture "Tree of Life", silver marble casting edition


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Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition | Limited 999 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Edition marble casti Silver | Size 30 x 42 x 11 cm (W / H / D) | Weight 2.2 kg

Ernst Fuchs & Joseph F. Askew: Sculpture "Tree of Life", silver marble casting edition

The "Tree of Life" Fuchs and Askew

It was a please to Ernst Fuchs, the development of the "Tree of Life": Originally the sculpture was intended as a reward for people around the world who have made high quality contributions to the preservation of forests. When, finally, the first drafts were manufactured, the principal pulled back his order. Fox decided to finish the artwork, nevertheless and asked Askewto support him with the conedition. Many ideas flowed from both of them that the sculpture was considered as joint work.

The "tree of life" meet the ecological ideas with both artists typical mythological fantastic motifs. The acient symbol of fertility and fullness in the ancient oriental art, runs through the art history through the entire ancient world. It is a frequently appearing motif in Indian art. As the life celebrating symbol it has fascinated the artists of all times (and in the Christian interpretation since the Middle Ages also: the Resurrection) - also of the modern age, one think only of Klimt's famous implementation in the Stoclet frieze.

Fuchs and Askew remain at their "tree of life" metaphorically specifically: T outgrows the root as a symbol of the maternal, life-giving, a female torso, grows as a symbol of the maternal, life-giving, a female torso, over and over is surrounded by rich foliage.

Ars Mundi Exclusive Edition in three editions: Cast marble with silver hand paint edition. Limited edition 999 pieces, numbered and signed. Size 30 x 42 x 11 cm (W / H / D). Weight 2.2 kg.

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Ernst FuchsBorn in Vienna in 1930, Ernst Fuchs introduced already during his studies at the Vienna Academy in 1946-47, his works along with other young artists to the audience. He is one of the co-founders of fantastic realism in Vienna School. This artistic movement known was born in 1945 in Vienna and aware of the abstract art borders. The artists were in their works with the French Surrealism, the experience of the new objectivity and Pittura metafisica, as well as the fantastic elements of the pre-war Viennese art. Ernst Fuchs factory has significantly influenced of the 20th Century art.

The motives are complex symbols representing the afflictions of the people between life and death. Biblical and mythological representations dominate. The motives of the old and New Testaments are deliberately cryptic and visionary expressiveness. These puzzles are designed to instruct the viewer as the artist knowledge and solution.

His confrontation with the heterogeneous art traditions led him to a private historicism. He mixed, partly in polemical intentioned shape styles. In his first book "Architectura caelestis / the images of the lost style", in 1964 he published, outlining his artistic conception.

Something mystical and often erotic adheres to the imaginative picture inventions, often alienated by surreal elements. Fox's entire oeuvre is crisscrossed repeatedly by biblical motives. They lead to the unique book object, the Ernst Fuchs Bible.
The Vienna Grand Master of fantastic realism, Ernst Fuchs, and the American painter and sculptor Joseph F. Askew know each other since the mid-70s of the last century. Askew was barely 25-years old as a student at the Art Students League in New York , he took his way to Vienna to learn with Fox the old masters painting techniques, today he mastery dominate like no one else. Askew and Fox remained friends, they were long time neighbours: The Americans lived almost fifteen years in Vienna and moved - as even Fox - he still lives and works in the small artist village Castillon on the Riviera until today.

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.

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.

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