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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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  DIPTYCH B99 & B100
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B102 -WHEN A SUMERIAN KING MEETS HIS GOD AND HIS GODDESS.2008 / Painting Acrylic / 125 x 150 cm - 49,2 x 59 inches / 12.100 USD

Description: BABYLONIAN / ( Text translated by Google) - Reading a cylinder seal gone, fortunately the mark on clay still exists, it is in the collection of ancient oriental seals the National Museum of the United States Washington: Cat. No.168976F, U.S.N.M. Its particularity is to be very small at 19 x 25 mm ( 0.7 x 1 inches) for the ground and be easily interpretable. This corresponds perfectly to the early periods of the appearance of seals in Mesopotamia. Andre MALRAUX wrote in 1960: "... the sculptor of Sumerian cylinder seals, it simplifies the forms is to deliver man from his humanity. He is haunted by a haunting reference to primordial forms, in basic forms they command. ... As if such forms were themselves the means of communication with God ? . This painting, which is extracted, and most of this series Babylonian exist for the benefit of a truth once proclaimed and now unknown! They suggest to us that our most profound relationship with art is a metaphysical ... What do we see or rather what can we see in this picture? Three characters in long clothing, including one carrying an adoring bunch-flower and a tree branch that is usually the bearer of vegetation, a king and he got his hair cut as a sign of humility, he stands facing his God could be MARDUK. Behind or in the left hand of God, appears two elements added by the artist and which exist only for a subliminal perception of monogram PHILHELM. Between them a totemic tree topped by a crescent moon and sun bed. God stands behind the Goddess INANNA carrying a bouquet-tree with its root. She held in her hand a club in vegetation? Ahead is a possible tree of life which is one of the roots of the sea? Is it not the cause of humanity as the Mesopotamian thought? If it is proved that each character deals with one arm a plant, the dominant theme of this scene could be a prayer to the vegetation? Please especially important that the local climate relied heavily on scarce rainfall, hence the presence of large vases with water spouting their various gods present on hundreds of cylinder seals and we hope one day to discover a new array your artist? MARDUK : Tutelary god of the city of Babylon, but first the land God. INANNA : Sumerians and the Babylonians ISHTAR sometimes regarded as the daughter of the god of rain. Every new year, the sovereign was obliged to "marry" one of the priestesses of INANNA, in order to ensure the fertility of land and the fertility of females. This ritual called "sacred marriage" was particularly widespread in the late third millennium.

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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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