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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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B110 - WHEN FISHES CAME OUT OF THE WATER .2010. / Painting Acrylic / 125 x 190 cm - 49,2 x 74,8 inches / 15330 USD

Description: BABYLONIAN / Acrylic on canvas 125 x 190 cm - 49,2 x 74,8 inches / This painting assumes a continuation of the previous one, namely the B109 (When gods were men ... 2009) with which it forms a diptych, 125 x 380 cm / 49,2 x 149,6 inches. His interpretation necessarily follows, for the record, I refer you to his text for more information! On the other hand, you guessed it, the marine influence is predominant as often, whenever it comes to Mesopotamia. The origin of humanity is revealed by the origin of hieroglyphics to cuneiform. What could be easier than drawing a fish to represent: First sign = -3,300 years. Second sign = -2800 years, turn 90 degrees. This shift will be for the most part, for other performances: man, woman, animal, plant, etc.. Then the third sign = -2400 years, the appearance of cuneiform while keeping the main guidelines! The language and the signs are multiplying, the first mapping appears at the end of the millennium, is the fourth sign = - 1800 years. The last sign (known?) Is the new Assyrian 5th sign = - 700 years before Jesus Christus. Until one day appear the letter pronunciations and writing as we know it today! Fish written: HA and decide: ha ku. All this told in accelerated ... But the most surprising is that it has lasted over 4000 years, well above our current writing! We need to remember in our world of evolution and involution permanent. If you have identified the tree of life at the center of the table, the abduction of a minor goddess by a centaur, although this representation is more Greek than Etruscan Babylonian! At the extreme right, the scorpion man, although Sumerian, is the protector and defender of the path leading to the setting sun to allow it to make its long journey until sunrise. The rest is known to you, if you know my other paintings in the series Babylon. About the title of this painting, it has a purpose consistent with Mesopotamian mythology: "When fishes came out of the water . they became men ! "

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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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