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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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the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
truly great, highly detailed AND true!

both the art, and the story behind it.

it depicts both the age of sexual freedom(?), and the backwards war-warship of past eras (imperialism in modern era), and ofcourse, dangers that lurkin the shadows....

great drawing, and clever title/meaning/details!

you are amazing! keep it up! :D
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Edited Jul 14, 2015
I've got mixed thoughts about this one. My points are lost on most Australians, but I still think they're relevant - more so if you live in Europe! The picture's suitably grotesque but relies too heavily on text. This description makes me cringe these days - it reads like the wall text I often saw in Melbourne galleries, though these galleries were filled with less controversial ("White Imperialists Are Bad") and/or more self-indulgent ("I Like The Look Of Stairs") abstract and conceptual art. It got so demoralising I almost sympathised with Barrie Kosky - a Jewish director now based in Berlin - when he compared leaving Melbourne to escaping a concentration camp. He presumably wasn't drifting between low-rent boarding houses either.

Kosky's being too harsh, of course. Melbourne's not devoid of culture - for every silly arrangement of facial hair with a worthless arts degree there's an awesome recent immigrant with real life experience.
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the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
yes. i understand what you mean.
a european would understand alot more in this drawing of yours, because, quite frankly, europe has seen (sadly) ALOT of imperialism, threats, dark desires for past-glory revivals, and many war/peace debates, often depicted in a violent or extreme manner.

i do live in europe, and i have seen/heard/witnessed/learned about some of the things shown in your drawing.
i have seen people who desire the (imperialistic-violent) past, instead of trying to build a better future for our children/the future generations.

what can i say?

your picture is perfect. its grotesque, but in an epic, and powerfull way.
it gets the message through.

however, i might say that your description for this drawing is a VERY good, and detailed description, and i dont even know why it would make you to cringe.
(i have written horrible forum posts in the past when i was younger, and thankfully, most of them were deleted)

hmmm what is the ''i like the look on stars''?
it sounds as a cool thing to observe. (as a painting).

also, barrie kosky sounds like a mean fellow.
why would he compare melbourne to hell?
i mean, melbourne/australia is a great place to live!

(except from the venomous snakes/spiders/jellyfish, ofcourse!)

also yes, mebourne has good artists, true artists, and im talking to one right now.
heck, im reviewing his works this exact moment. ;)

you are a great artists, and a master of the macabre/satire.
never change, and always be a good person/artist!
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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  Hobbyist 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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