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Name   : PHILHELM Philhelm
Location: STRASBOURG  
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Philhelm,PHILHELM-B109 - WHEN THE GODS WERE (still) MEN .2009
B109 - WHEN THE GODS WERE (still) MEN .2009 / Painting Acrylic / 125 x 190 cm - 49,2 x 74,8 inches / 15330 USD

Description: BABYLONIAN / Acrylic on canvas 125 x 190 cm - 49,2 x 74,8 inches. Like many other paintings in the series Babylon, the title of this painting is an incipit or first words of the poem of Atra-Hasis. The poem begins: 'inum ilu awilum ... "Or:" When the gods were men ... "That means they have behaved like them, while men did not exist! Other translations are: "When the gods were man ..." = They behaved like them, or "When the gods were holding the man ..." = They held the man's role. As you can see, there are several possible titles as translators, so I approve all, especially since at first glance, the meaning does not leap to the eyes. Turning to the interpretation of the painting depicts the behavior of gods before the creation of man on earth. The show is familiar to us as they wage war with each other! We found many glyptic evoking the war of the gods. Anthropomorphism seems to be the rule most commonly accepted. The images of gods are not gods themselves, they are only representations as well as emblems. Do not be astonished at their appearance whatsoever in the earliest writings about the gods, the interpenetration of divine and human is always closely linked. The Mesopotamians had their own interpretation of the relationship between homological deity's body, its symbol and its anthropomorphic representation, it is difficult to understand in today's world: But easy to imagine for a Battle of the Gods ! Do not worry, they had the power to revive or otherwise, if they were in pieces, to recover the pieces to create other characters, which sometimes become demi-gods, others mixed with clay and the blood of a sacrificed God become mortal humans first born! That is what tells us in miniature the oldest known mythology, but also unquestionably and by far the longest "religion" has existed on earth! To return to the heart of the table, here is some more information: The colored belts worn at the hips of the gods are the beginnings of future floating ribbons or "pativ" borrow later Parthian horsemen and fighters Sassanid. The tree of life is already present in the landscape zenith. Above a shooting star! Then the seven stars of Pleiades near our bird. Below a centaur brandished in his right hand the monogram of Philhelm! In the lower right corner on the most sacred symbol in recurrent glyptics Mesopotamian sometimes interpreted as the eye of a god! The seated figure with trident on a dolphin is the ancestor of Poseidon in Greek. When the overlapping curves background colors, they correspond to different layers of the world exists under the belief of the time. Atra-Hasis (or Atrahasis) Super good poem (or infinitely wise) is a Semitic language written in Akkadian cuneiform and therefore approximate date of the eighteenth century BC, tells the story of the Creation and the flood. The poem has about 1200 verses, the Bible was inspired to create the character of Noah. Addendum: If the characters are so curious, if not extraordinarily anthropomorphic, that they are borrowed from Etruscan few rare stamps, which I kept long in my possession in order to reveal them one day in one form or another . The Etruscans were of Anatolian origin, the creative leap did the rest. I would also like to emphasize that the round heads of the characters were already painted ocher yellow-brown rocks at the Jabbaren n'Ajjer Tassili in Algeria, and this, as attested to 7000 years old de5000! When the double or triple heads, they are already certified as a minimum since 7500 BC, and at Catal Hayak in Central Anatolia.

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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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