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HELGA IDA MARIA BOLLHEIMER

 

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"I paint because my intuition moves me." HIMB

Bollheimer's sophisticated approach to painting is informed by her early studies with modern masters: Marie Jose Quintera and Jorge Montoya in Spain and Van Loh Wenzel in Germany. Her exhibits include New York, Miami, Palma Spain, and Burgoyne France. 

Bollheimer uses the pseudonym  MARIA D'AROYA as a tribute to her grandmother who encouraged her education and love for painting. A short list of private collections: Western Illinois University, Rawal Collection San Diego, University Hospital Bern Switzerland, Herrera Family Collection, and the Asea Brown Boveri Collection. 

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This exhibit of visualizes the letters of soldiers to their loved ones and writings Bollheimer found about war. 

Helga was eight, nearly nine, when her father came home from the POW camp. He had been gone for seven years. 

The emotion of that day infuses the 14 paintings on three pages in this expressive collection.

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SOLDIERS

in LOVE and WAR

"HARVEST OF OUR SEEDS"

Acrylic on Board          Custom Framed            42" x 33"             $1120.

          

When her mother died in 2001 she began going through generations of letters and documents passed down to her. The most powerful communications were letters from the men in her family during their time at war. Researching other sources for war letters, diaries, and poetry, she was struck by their similarity of emotion. EW

"They all feel alike, hurt alike, and bleed alike. They all love their respective countries deeply. And their yearnings, their loneliness, their want for love and support are universal; and if they have to offer the ultimate sacrifice; they all leave a vast gap in the life of their loved ones!

This is not a historic account but rather a "poetic journey using color and form into the feelings, longings, and fears of the people who have gone to war and of the loved ones touched by their fate" HIMB

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"WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE"

"Where have all the flowers gone...

Long time passing?

Where have all the young men gone...

Gone to soldier every one.....

Where have all the soldiers gone

Long time passing?

Gone to graveyards everyone

....When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

As long as time exists, this circle of life and death

Has driven the human kind." 

Lyrics collection of Johnny Rivers  (Pete Seeger)

Acrylic Dye on Rice Paper                    40" x 32"       Custom Framed              $2950.

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"DANCES OF THE SUTTLER"

*EW Nota Bene: A sutler or victualer is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp or in quarters. WIKIPEDIA

 In 1634 the Duke of Friedland spoke to his men the night before the walls of Pilsen.

........'before the battle, you should not be somber nor quiet,

never you know when the dances end and death falls on all of us because of battle.....'

Acrylic Dye on Silk                   $1150.

Custom Framing                      33" x 43"

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NEXUS Center

"NEXUS"

..and from the trenches at Verdun, 

a diary excerpt from August 1916:

"...bodies seem to be linked together

Eyes are bodies, and bodies become eyes,

"masklike"-are the dead...

And I count my blessings dear Mother I am still alive."

Acrylic Dye on Silk                   $1150.

Custom Framing                      33" x 43"

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"Remember when we first met?

So long ago it seems---------and what genuine understanding we had.

The music seemed to love us------as we did Mozart."

Letter excerpt from Wilhelm to his wife, Maria, dated December 1917

Abduction

"ABDUCTION FROM THE SERALGIO"

"There is some pleasure even in words,

When they bring forgetfulness of present miseries."

Sophokles 497-406 BC Fragments 1, 237

Acrylic Dye on Silk                  $1200.

Custom Framing                   33" x 43"

 

Dream of Her

"THE DREAM OF HER"

"......................I imagined you my love - lounging - 

on our 'fruitful table'

As though, oh I believe You were waiting for me

Comforting me in my misery...

It is so cold here, and I am so lonely.......

Love letter excerpt of a soldier to his wife from France 1917-1918

 

Acrylic Dye on Silk                  $1150.

Custom  Framing                 33" x 39"

 

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