Ernst Fuchs:
Sculpture / candlestick "Griffin and Serpent" (2006), bronze version
Ernst Fuchs:
Sculpture / candlestick "Griffin and Serpent" (2006), bronze version

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ars mundi Exclusive Edition | limited, 499 copies | numbered | signed | bronze | handmade | patinated | polished | candle stick | size 35 x 31 x 13.5 cm (w/h/d) | weight 9 kg

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Sculpture / candlestick "Griffin and Serpent" (2006), bronze version
Ernst Fuchs: Sculpture / candlestick "Griffin and Serpent...

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Sculpture / candlestick "Griffin and Serpent" (2006), bronze version

With this masterpiece, Ernst Fuchs takes up an ancient mythological theme: The conflict between the flying gryphon and the earth-bound serpent. The combination of a lion's body, an eagle's head and wings makes him a symbol of the mastery of air and earth. Due to its sharp gaze, it was considered to have clairvoyant abilities and was regarded as the sacred animal of Apollo and the guardian of gold. Since the Middle Ages, the griffin has been one of the most important heraldic figures: it can be found in the coats of arms of many states and cities, e.g. of Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Düsseldorf, Greifswald or Rostock - and of course in the coats of arms of old noble families. By designing his sculptural group as a candelabra object, Ernst Fuchs links the table culture of the 18th and 19th centuries.

ars mundi Exclusive Edition in fine bronze. Cast by hand using the Lost-Wax-Process. Patinated and polished by hand. Limited edition 499 copies, numbered and signed. Size 35 x 31 x 13,5 cm (w/h/d). Weight 9 kg. Can also be used as a light object.

About Ernst Fuchs


Ernst Fuchs, born in Vienna in 1930, already presented his works to the public in 1946/47 together with other young artists during his studies at the Vienna Academy. He was one of the co-founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.

This art movement emerged in Vienna around 1945 and deliberately set itself apart from abstract art. In their works, the artists dealt with French Surrealism, the experiences of New Objectivity and metaphysical painting as well as the fantastic elements of Viennese pre-war art. Ernst Fuchs' work has had a decisive influence on our understanding of 20th-century art.

The motifs are complex allegories depicting human afflictions between life and death. Biblical and mythological representations dominate. The motifs of the Old and New Testaments are deliberately enigmatic and visionary in expression. These riddles are meant to bring knowledge and solution to the viewer as well as to the artist.

His engagement with the heterogeneous art traditions led him to his historicism. He mixed the styles, sometimes in a polemical way. In his first book, "Architectura Caelestis: Images of the Hidden Prime of Styles" first published in 1964, he set out his artistic conception.

The imaginative pictorial inventions, often alienated by surreal elements, evoke something mystical and often erotic. Fuchs' entire oeuvre is repeatedly permeated by biblical motifs. They all culminate in the unique book, the Ernst Fuchs Bible.