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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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  B155 - Antique Achaemenid hunting - 2011.
E76 - SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM - 2007. / Painting Acrylic / 55,1 x 74,8 inches / 16800 USD

Description: IF YOU WANT PEACE PREPARE THE WAR. ETRUSCAN / Acrylic on canvas 140 x 190 cm or 55,1 x 74,8 inches (Text translated by Google) /The bearer of this news is a priest with an Etruscan lituus in his left hand and a horned, he squeezes awkwardly on his hip with his right hand, just lost the lower fixation of the central shaft. It blows loudly in his wind instrument to proclaim the war. The short himation draped or covered by our man exists only to showcase his nakedness. The gentleman is right in the shock, he is now offering a lotus flower to a woman as a sign of love or peace? Is it not instantly become an enemy? If the left half of the table represents the announcement of the war, while his right hand, that of peace, here seems very much in jeopardy! Only the dog made the connection between the "bellum" and the "pax", while the bird fled. The Etruscans practiced fluently Ornithomancy! Quick reminder about the original characters: the back of two Etruscan mirrors, we had a runner a little chubby, looking behind him with arms outstretched with bare hands it became our promising musician. In another, four women, including our heroine, made the toilet their mistress. At the bottom of a large platter, surrounded by satyrs pickers stood the god Dionysus on a horse ithyphallic: it has become somewhat reworked our rider! As for the dog, it comes with a miniature English has nothing to do with Etruria, except the leg of the artist who you turned it into pure strain Etrurian! Do we remember that the Etruscan inscriptions are read in reverse order according spent? Lituus: Baton sacred shaped butt, which served to define the in augury templum (space gaze). It was used to trace and identify the divisions in the sky ideal to divine the future. He is represented here, was discovered in a tomb from the 6th century BC. It is a bronze ribbon 36 cm or 14,17 inches! The lituus was also the name of a musical instrument-shaped brass trumpet-like whelks. Cornu: Musical Instrument, used by musicians or cornicines armies, their role was specifically coded transmission of orders to carry the emblems, which gave them a sound and visual record of the conduct of armies. The two ends are connected by a wooden shaft cross facilitating the conduct and practice. Himation: Wrapped around the body, often unsymmetrically, it could be arranged symmetrically on the arms like a shawl, which is the case here against the skin. Ornithomancy: practice divination practiced on the accidental appearance of birds at a key moment.

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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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