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E77 - RAPE OF ABORTION IN FURY MENADE - 2007 / Other / 55,1 x 74,8 inches / 16800 USD

Description: ETRUSCAN / Acrylic on canvas 140 x 190cm or 55,1 x 74,8 inches (Text translated by Google) /Since the main character is a Maenad more than a worshiper, a true follower of frenzied Dionysus, who was as everyone knows, the God of vegetation, wine and ecstasy, remember that Maenads were generally represented engaging in ecstatic round bearing swirling dresses, their hair tousled selected most often by a snake, if not by a wreath of ivy. Their dresses put attention to their nakedness, by the time the draped dresses with extremely fine translucent or transparent if not completely, covered on the shoulders of a fawn-skin or animal skin. They are almost always carry a big stick or thyrsus Seabuckthorn with a pineapple or a bunch of ivy tied at the end. A raging maenad rejects what might be called today a sexual stalker. There is no other clothing on the head, the tire characteristic described by Oribasius in one of his treatises on medicine and also with ankle collars set with decorative straps. His body as his erect penis summers have deliberately wasted. The young man left was a pugilist in a vase pelike Attic black-figure. He had initially strips wrists and hands. The woman on the right was originally a satyr ithyphallic bearded, like the painter Sotadès 460 BC present in a clay vessel. He was holding a stick in one hand and a vase in the other. If she holds a fish in her left hand, because it corresponds to a recurrent iconography of the time. The monstrous crab is one that has attacked Heracles during the fight against the Hydra of Lerna. It will be overwritten and become carcinos! The two icons to the left and center above, are strictly taken from the Etruscan symbolic. When birds and dogs, they have become almost an integral part of the Philhelm's landscape, should we say, philhellenic? When the signature Philhelm Etruscan writing, it is now known you. Menades: These are the nurses of the god, the nymphs of Mount Nysa, which Hermes had given the divine infant. The Maenads are constantly drunk ... they do not care what they do: they become crazy, they have no mercy, dismembering the unfortunate passengers and eating their raw flesh, which Orpheus! Their favorite is the month of October, because it is the harvest. Oribasius: Famous Greek physician, attached to the Emperor Julian, about 325-403, mostly known for the resumption of treaties medicine's antiquity ! Carcinus: The sign in the constellation Cancer.

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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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In actual fact, I want to tell you without misrepresentation, the whole story of Philhelm, which begins in Alsace (It was still a Germanic country and will become French only in 1678!) in the castle of Lichtenberg, on April 23rd 1616, when the seven-year-old Balthasar Helmlinger, loses the Monogram of his eponymy descendant. This ordinary but nevertheless very serious incident in the distant past will set in motion the artistic calling of one of his descendants, ten generations later! This contemporary painter, born in Strasbourg in 1943, has only exhibited his work twice in his life (1999 and 2001) and only at the "International Biennial Event of Contemporary Art of Florence" which awarded him in 1999 the Prize of the City of Florence. So that the ordinary people be completely disorientated, so that it will let the story of the past enter him torpidly, by going back the furthermost possible or else it will never pierce the heart of his paintings, to seek there the secret causes of things.
Philhelm declines the colors in a correspondence with the images and original writings to a small history of the past, in wich his monogram was always present as an archetype. This revival for a few years, he has tried to reveal it because the Gods came one day to its meeting ! They deigned to present him their messengers like a hero accompanied with their sphinges : Let them forgive him, if he dares to quote them in the enjoyement of his heart, even if he put no bad shame to ask them for grace. If he tries to make reappear by its legends, some bits of a lost knowledge, and really immortal and sacred, he owes it only with work of fort many archaeologists and historians. He makes no vanity of his work. If he had his whole life, believe not produce anything good and beautiful, he feels no less real joy and deep taste that he recognizes and admires beautiful and great at others, had they been Etruscan, Cretan, Assyrian or Sumerian ?

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