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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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  B155 - Antique Achaemenid hunting - 2011.
E74 - ATTACK OF THE BEES IN ETRURIA - 2007 / Painting Acrylic / 55,1 x 74,8 inches / 16800 USD

Description: ETRUSCAN / Acrylic on canvas 140 x 190 cm or 55,1 x 74,8 inches / (Text translated by Google) / Inspired by Greek Etruscan the reason comes from a black-figure vase now in the British Museum. Gourmet went disturb bees. The scene showing four men, naked, bearded, in the prime of life, attacked on all sides by bees: a man still licking a honeycomb, two other standing waving branches, while a fourth was defending himself squatting arm. Bees do not respect any body part and the artist then has combined the indecent comic focusing on the suffering = Mirko Grmek Dradzen dixit, in: Diseases of Ancient Art, Editions Fayard, 1998. Of the four characters, two have undergone a facelift to become sufficiently serious for women, one is spared from the attack, protected by a providential amulet bee, her chest is taken from Lemi, while the second , apart from the fact that it has changed its location, became totally unrecognizable. The two remaining men, they also changed places and positions while becoming hairless! He was squatting was replaced by ex-satyr, ex, because it is rooted out of a cup with a red face painted by Onesimos 500 BC. J-C. The head has been replaced by that of a patient from a medical treatise prepared by Oribasius in art and how to bandage the wounds of the head! The dog dead or dying, when he and his master -540 was the painter of Inscriptions. The artist's signature appears three times: Etruscan writing, monogrammed and final signature in red on the bottom left! Black figures: painting technique used by painters of vases. The characters are painted with a varnish to darken when cooked, while the background remains red clay. Figures red: The opposite of above, the bottom is painted black, the figures are the color of the clay and the details are painted. Lemi: Monstrous creature Libyan half female, which has experienced the worst punishments attached to a palm tree. Painter of the Shrew 480 BC J-C. visible at the National Museum of Athens. Punishments in the tree were a common practice Etruscan, Italic and Roman! Satyr: Creature hybrid ape almost always ithyphallic, snub-nosed, with a horse tail and ears. Oribasius: Famous Greek physician, attached to the Emperor Julian, about 325-403, mostly known for the resumption of treaties antiquity's medicine !

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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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