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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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Philhelm,PHILHELM-M147 - Two Minoan lions chasing a wild goat .2011.
M147 - Two Minoan lions chasing a wild goat .2011. / Painting Acrylic / 38,1 x 49,2 inches / 8000 USD

Description: MINOEN / Translated from French / The origin of this picture is in the spirit of the Mycenaean tradition. It is inspired by an oval agate seal discovered in a tomb in the city of Chania in Crete, identified with the ancient Minoan city of Kydonia on the hill of Kastelli where a theater was demolished today. This necropolis discovered in 1895, when the Late Minoan III, from 1400 to 1200 BC. Remember the place that held the lion in ancient times. The lion refers to the sun by the colors of its fur and because they live in hot countries. More importantly, it represents strength and power. Among wild animals, the lion holds in the imagination of ancient times and particularly the pre-Hellenic Crete and the ancient Near East a special place, a symbol of the chaotic forces of the world, it is considered the king of beasts. As such, it is often associated with human monarchs, and to certain deities. At once fascinating and frightening, the lion was also an apotropaic function. Indeed lions clay, metal or stone often ensure the gates of cities, temples and palaces (Lion Gate at Mycenae), and they are supposed to protect against external enemies and harmful influences. Homer (circa 850 BC.), The lion describes the attitude of the warrior in combat, he expresses the courage and honor, this beast, which vies with the man on his own ground feeder cattle, is both symbolic model and double full hero! According to Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD). This animal is full of good feelings, "the lion is the only beast who shows mercy to suppliants, and he saves those he overpowered his fury exerted on men rather than women, and attacking children in case of famine. Libya is believed that he understood the prayers and in any case I heard back from Gaetulia a captive in North Africa, saying she was in the woods, stopped the assault many Lions, daring talk to them and tell them she was a woman, fugitive, sick, a suppliant at the feet of the noblest of all animals, he was their king at all, and thus, it was unworthy of a prey his glory. " Plutarch (circa 50-125 AD.), in his treatise entitled "love of offspring," notes that philosophers often refer to the animal kingdom. He added: "They appeal to the nature of irrational animals as in a strange city and, to judge, they do not relate to their passions and their manners in the idea that they are honest and incorruptible." This remark could apply to Plutarch himself and especially, dialogue that is titled "The animals were deprived of due use of reason." It was also every reason to doubt that humanity is in the same case? What do you think? Before discussing the table again as we are concerned, we note that the word lion comes from the Latin, "leo" and Greek "leon", but considering that the word is foreign, without we know its origin. The names Leo, Leon, Leonard, Leonie ... are derived. The lions were widespread across parts of southern Europe, we know they were smaller than those in Africa, and therefore it counts also for Greece, Crete and South Italy. Conclude with a stylized to the extreme of our canvas: Two lions flank a wild goat Minoan they are about to devour. It must be very crétophile (what I am!) to recognize instantly the two lions. To the wild goat, the exercise is more difficult unless you know that Mycenae, it was found a fragment wild sheep with slender legs, body spotted line and hail in a bent position (Furtwängler and Loeschcke, Mykenische Vasen, No. 408, Post-Minoan. See: Animals in the paintings of pre-Hellenic Crete, 1926.)

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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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