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Bathtime for Hermann by jflaxman Bathtime for Hermann by jflaxman
This looks like pop surrealism but it covers deeper themes. Western civilisation – which might be very broadly defined as democratic, secular, and capitalist – is not as highly regarded as it was fifty years ago; some observers even claim its decline is irreversible. The disembodied heart in the foreground represents abandoned love, be it love for one’s nation (now commonly rejected as a source of bigotry and war) love for an omnipotent god (an imported Middle Eastern notion, now mostly discredited through science and philosophy) or love for a single partner (a similarly unpopular notion in an age of sexual liberty). These sentiments have been largely replaced by the promiscuity and hedonism of extended adolescence (represented by the creature with the pink confection on the left) and a shriller kind of nationalism more concerned with past glories than present-day realities (represented by the creature with the broken sabre on the right). The crescent moon in the background alludes to the rise of Islam, a younger Middle Eastern faith that exerts a growing influence. The title “Bathtime for Hermann” was suggested by a friend; its Dadaist absurdity fits the aesthetics of this piece.
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mhm98 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Poor Hermann. Bathing is such bore.
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lousephyr Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
luv your style; color & creativeness; very deep meanings
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SnowInHades Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a very talented artist.
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hunterN05 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
That thing on the left.... I want to shoot it o.o

Good work on this Flak cannon! :D legit, this looks great! ^^

Scary and ya speaking the truth in that description boy~

Keep it up ^^
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LeMadcap Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So true.
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VAEisenberg Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Completely true.
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ijustlikehalo Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True.
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