About G. Lederer

Georg Lederer - ValdresGeorg Lederer describes most of his art as essence-realism, as it comes to expression in still life pictures of fruit and vegetables which he started on in Normandy, where he settled after his studies in Paris. For a time he had his studio in an old stone church dating back to the 13 th century. In these surroundings he found a special atmosphere in the life and landscape which inspired and made him see that "all forms of life have a character, an intrinsic power - even a vegetable". It has been said that his paintings are imbued with a kind of sacral atmosphere showing reverence and respect for the Creation.

Encautic painting
Encaustic painting is one of the oldest techniques within the art of painting, in which colour pigment is mixed with melted bees'wax and resin by means of a hot iron spatula.

The method was used as early as 500 BC. The Etruscans employed it when painting the outside as well as the interior of their houses. Even statues and ships were adorned in this way. Pliny the Elder (24-79 AD) reveals how important it was for the Egyptians and ancient Athens and Rome.

The Louvre Museum in Paris has a collection of encaustic paintings excavated in Egypt and Pompeii, and in the Saint Sulpice Church in Paris there is an altar piece painted by Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), "La lute de Jacob avec l´Ange, 1861", where he has employed the same technique.

Concerning durability wax is by far superior to oil. Wax does not turn yellow because each colour pigment is encapsulated in wax and hence unaffected by air and light.

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