Biography & Sculptures

Header Photo: A Hypocrite and Slanderer by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.
Tin alloy, 1770-1783.
Metropolitan Museum
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Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ~ Biography (1736 - 1783)

Messerschmidt, who was born in Wiesensteig in the Swabian Alps, learned the basics of sculpture in Munich from his uncle Johann Baptist Straub, a prominent Rococo sculptor. Messerschmidt continued his education at the Academy of the Arts in Vienna. His exceptional talent soon attracted Empress Maria Theresa's attention and, initially, he had plenty of commissions.

After a study trip to Rome in 1765, he started working in an increasingly Classicist style based on ancient Roman busts. Four years later, he accepted a post as a teacher at the art academy. However, his proud, somewhat difficult character led to him being at odds with school's conservative directors. Soon rumours abounded that his politically incorrect, erratic behaviour is due to lead poisoning. After the death of his patron Martin van Meytens he became disillusioned and isolated within the narrow minded Viennese art world which was deeply intertwined with the court. He started his series of character heads which would later become famous, but there was a dearth of commissions and this led to financial problems for him.

He travelled to Munich via his home town and waited there in vain for an appointment at court for two years. In 1777 he left for Bratislava. His brother – who was also a sculptor – lived there and moreover it was the seat of Hungary's Hapsburg government. He accepted a number of commissions, but spent most of his time working on his large series of character heads.

He was admired by all, but led a reclusive life until his sudden death aged 47.

Recommended Reading: Messerschmidt and Modernity

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About Parastone

First things first: there are no better Messerschmidt sculptures/figures than these Parastone figures anywhere. The attention to detail & the 3d effect breathes new life in the work of the masters.

Parastone was originally part of the famous Borzo art dealership which was founded in 1880 and it primarily specialised in restoring religious art. When, alongside the latter activity, an increasing number of sculptures were produced after own designs, it was decided – in 1963 – to found Parastone as an independent company.

For over 50 years now, Parastone has successfully designed decorative sculptures, partly of timeless classic beauty, partly aligned with current trends. The museum images entitled Mouseion constitute an important part of the collection. Alongside exact copies of important works of art, Mouseion also consists of three-dimensional interpretations of paintings and sketches by many artists ranging from Jheronimus Bosch to Salvador Dali.

Parastone is located in ’s-Hertogenbosch, a historic city in the Netherlands and the birthplace of famous Medieval painter Jheronimus Bosch.

Messerschmidt and Parastone: what a magical combination.


Messerschmidt ~ Sculpture Figurines

MESSERSCHMIDT
The Vexed Man

Messerschmidt The Vexed Man  Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 20 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: ME04

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artwork and artist. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

An idiosyncratic recalcitrant German sculptor who created his famous series of 'character heads' first in Vienna and later in Bratislava

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As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock the Messerschmidt Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Messerschmidt sculpture page.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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MESSERSCHMIDT
The Yawner

Messerschmidt The Yawner Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 19 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: ME01

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artwork and artist. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

An idiosyncratic recalcitrant German sculptor who created his famous series of 'character heads' first in Vienna and later in Bratislava

Enlarge Image

As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock the Messerschmidt Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Messerschmidt sculpture page.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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MESSERSCHMIDT
The Ultimate Simpleton

Messerschmidt The Ultimate Simpleton Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 20 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: ME03

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artwork and artist. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

An idiosyncratic recalcitrant German sculptor who created his famous series of 'character heads' first in Vienna and later in Bratislava

Enlarge Image

As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock the Messerschmidt Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Messerschmidt sculpture page.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

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MESSERSCHMIDT
A Strong Man

Messerschmidt A Strong Man Parastone Sculpture

Sculpture

Superb. Part of the esteemed Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of museum replicas and cultural artifacts.

Medium: Collectible quality resin
Dimensions: h. 19 cm.
Condition: New in box
Date of Creation: 1990-Now
Origin: Europe
Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion
Ref: ME02

Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artwork and artist. Both cards are in four languages.

Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

An idiosyncratic recalcitrant German sculptor who created his famous series of 'character heads' first in Vienna and later in Bratislava

Enlarge Image

As of 2014, I found that amazon now stock the Messerschmidt Parastone sculptures. As it is impossible to compete with their buying power you may well find the sculpture cheaper there. I have put links to their US site below which will take you to their Messerschmidt sculpture page.

If I can ever compete with their prices then I will stock them again as I do love these sculptures and they deserve to be owned by as many people as possible. I also miss those conversations with fellow Parastone admirers who are adding a sculpture or starting a collection. For now it's enough to present them as beautifully as I possibly can or am able to do.

Try: amazon.com (direct link)

Links

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt: Biography >> About Parastone >> All Messerschmidt Sculptures/Figures >> The Vexed Man >> The Yawner >> The Ultimate Simpleton> >> A Strong Man

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