“General George Armstrong Custer
(Son of the Morning Star)”
Polychrome bronze version,
available by special order only.
BY FERNANDO ANDREA
SCALE 1:6 BRONZE SCULPTURE
LIMITED EDITION (20 copies)
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY INCLUDED
(Wax Stamp and signature of the sculptor)
Beginning in the Renaissance, bronzes were finished with an essentially monochromatic patination; this bronze treatment is still prevalent today. Notwithstanding, most ancient sculptures were polychromatic. Following the Barbarian invasion, many polychrome bronze and marble sculptures were lost, only to be discovered many centuries later when the paint had almost completely disappeared, allowing corrosion and oxidation to take place. This process could be rightly defined as “natural patination.” This finish would be soon be imitated by the artists of the 15th and 17th centuries.
Even though today’s polychrome bronzes do not really enjoy the affection of most artists and collectors – they tend to prefer the traditional monochrome patination – there are always exceptions to the rule. Such is the case of some great Western artists, like Charlie Russell and more recently Harry Jackson, both of whom are fond of having color associated with their bronzes. Embracing this colorful trend, Fernando Andrea has created an impressive polychrome version of “Son of the Morning Star,” a remarkable rendition of General George A. Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
This bronze is an outstanding piece of sculpture. Cast in the traditional lost wax bronze method in a very limited number, the sculpture would be a centerpiece of many collections.