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William "Bill" Fedderson
"Sylph #9" - Green, Purple & Blue Smoke Spirit Abstract

1972

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Stunning large-scale vertical abstract featuring an ethereal, smoke like form, in iridescent layers of green, purple and blue acrylic lacquer that seem to glow from within, by California artist William (Bill) Fedderson (American, 20th Century). Signed "Bill Fedderson" and titled "Sylph #9" on verso. Dated 1972 on Copy of exhibition tag (original label on #10) on verso from the Esther Robles Gallery in Los Angeles, along with artist name and title. Provenance: 1972 Collection of the artist, Esther Robles Art Gallery, Great Western Savings, 1990s - Clark Cierlak Gallery Auctions, David Carlson Gallery, 2011 to Robert Azensky Fine Art with letter (email) of authentication by the artist. Slyph an ethereal Spirit: The Swiss German physician and alchemist Paracelsus first coined the term sylph in the 16th century to describe an air spirit in his overarching scheme of elemental spirits associated with the four Classical elements. Paracelsus drew from earlier sources, but his systematic treatment of the idea was definitive, with the names of three of the four types having originated in his works. The other three elemental spirits named were Gnomes (earth), Salamanders (fire), and Undines (water). These ideas were adopted in Rosicrucianism and were widely encountered in subsequent hermetic literature. In the Liber de Nymphis of the Philosophia Magna, Paracelsus discusses the characteristics of the elementals at length. Sylphs, he says, are rougher, coarser, taller, and stronger than humans. The elementals are said to be able to move through their own elements as human beings move through air. Because of this, sylphs are the closest to humans in his conception because they move through air like we do, while in fire they burn, in water they drown, and in earth, they get stuck.

Details

  • Creator
    William "Bill" Fedderson (American)
  • Creation Year
    1972
  • Dimensions
    Height: 84 in. (213.36 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Thin craquelure in isolated areas of lacquer finish Metal frame has some wear.
  • Gallery Location
    Soquel, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DBH69411stDibs: LU5428342992

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