LATCHEZAR OCHAVKOV (B. 1940) Pan and Syrinx,... - Lot 458 - Ader

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LATCHEZAR OCHAVKOV (B. 1940) Pan and Syrinx,... - Lot 458 - Ader
LATCHEZAR OCHAVKOV (B. 1940) Pan and Syrinx, the birth of the Pan flute Large decorative panel. Mixed media; lacquer, paint (gold, silver, polychrome) varnish, gold leaf, silver leaf. Signed Latchezar OCHAVKOV lower left. 195 x 130 cm Pan and Syrinx, the birth of Pan's flute This panel features a complex decor. In the foreground, the composition revolves around a crouching male figure playing the flute, alongside a female figure reaching out to birds, including a wader - which adorn the top of the panel. Behind the main figures is a landscape of vegetation, in which two other barely sketched female figures are camouflaged. The entire depiction is framed by highly decorative motifs of scrolls, radiating straight lines and checkerboards, complemented by multiple stylized flowers. Thanks to the musical instrument she plays, the male figure could be likened to the god Pan - although he is not depicted in the classical manner of half-man half-goat, like the satyrs he rubs shoulders with. In fact, the flute has the characteristic of being polycalamous, or made up of several tubes, which makes it identifiable not only with the Greek aulos, but also with the distinctive attribute of the Greek god. This hypothesis is supported by the very story of the wind instrument's birth. Myth has it that the nymph Syrinx, fleeing Pan's love affair, transformed herself into reeds to escape him, so that the god ended up embracing the plant and, blowing his grief through its stems, created a melody and the so-called Pan flute - sometimes referred to as the syrinx. Our panel shows a female figure concealed within the vegetation, who could be Syrinx - her legs are shown in the center of the panel, upstream from the flute. This nymph was a hamadryad, or forest nymph, and like her sisters worshipped Artemis (Diana), displaying attributes identical to those of the goddess. Thus, the other female figures in the composition could be her sisters, especially as the nymph in the foreground wears a quiver and crescent moon on her belt. The lush vegetation in which the nymph is hiding and the play of scrolls, akin to the melody produced by the flute, would be in keeping with this interpretation. Nevertheless, the representation of birds raises questions, even though the word syrinx refers to the organ that enables them to vocalize, and the word "stilt-walker" comes from the Latin grallae, which refers to the stilts worn by the actors interpreting Pan and satyrs, to suggest their goat-like feet1. _____ 1 Anthony Rich - Dictionnaire des antiquités romaines et grecques - Éditions Librairie de Firmin Didot Frères, Fils et Cie, Paris, 1859, P. 303.
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