1B (Antheia) is a figure and floral painting. Antheia is one of the three Graces in Greek Mythology, and her name is derived from the Ancient Greek word ἄνθος which means “flower” or “blossom”.

As a piece of 21st century visualisation, this painting also borrows bits and bobs from Dutch genre painting. In particular floral painting, still life and memento mori in which motifs containing flowers denote the beautiful and yet ephemeral aspects of life.

Many know that flowers are perishable goods, and that you have to enjoy them in their moment — a bit like life itself. In this painting, the woman sports a headpiece full of flowers. They are chosen for their compositional strength and colour harmonies, and there are some artistic liberties at play here. For instance, the flowers are not in season at the same time. Specifically when the tulips have all but withered the rosebuds are just about to open, and the sea holly is a ‘late comer’. There are two simple planes at play here. A green foreground and a dark background that both help draw attention to the detail.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #1B, Acrylic on canvas/ Akryl auf Leinwand/Akryl på lærred/Acrílica sobre tela 100x100cm, Year/Jahr/År/Ano 2016, anders dyhr.

Acquired in November 2017 by a private collector.

You can view other painting in the series Mythos

1b in situ