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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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M86 - SINGULAR COMBAT AT KNOSSOS - 2008 / Painting Acrylic / 125 x 190 cm or 49 x 75 inches. / 15330 USD

Description: MINOAN / (Text translated by Google) / Although a single combat with Minoan woman with Minoan one (or Mycenaean?), Nothing in the ancient past only confirms some Cretan aggressiveness of women to men, there is also invalidates the opposite ... The issue remains, the dominant woman, as is assumed today, thanks to the few artistic elements that remain to us! Minoan Women's costume is instantly recognizable with her clothes on several wheels and a corset revealing a bare chest, as can still be seen in murals and statues millennia! The island of Crete was often cited in ancient times as The Island of goddesses topless! Sacred element in the right hand of our Amazon: the double ax, which was found in multiple copies, sometimes on a huge pedestal, and also many other ceremonial solid gold, the double ax appears on hundreds of seals rings and the seals holy. The word labrys which means double ax, is the origin of the word labyrinth in the Palace of Knossos, also known as the Palace to double axes. Another item in the left hand of our Minoan, a hieroglyphic sign, found by Sir A.Evans unidentified weapon and arbitrarily transformed by your artist. As for the clothes of our man, if there are clothes, they are more or less visible to the reality of the seals that are sometimes only a few millimeters in diameter! There are no comments on the dog in the center of the table and who is indifferent to what happens ... The monogram of the artist is born in an egg and top left writing in Linear A inscribed Philhelm in a red cartridge. Labyrinth built by Daedalus on the instructions of King Minos, to confine the Minotaur. As Daedalus helped Ariane, the daughter of the king, to make the thread that will help Theseus escape the labyrinth after killing the Minotaur, Minos will lock up Daedalus and his son Icarus in the labyrinth ... you certainly know also subsequently manufacture wings Daedalus ... for he and his son, and together they will save through the air, but Icarus did not listen to recommendations from his father, in the excitement of newfound freedom, will fly too near the sun ... the wax that held the wings melted and Icarus fell in free fall would say today!

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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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