TITLE: Threesome (Portrait of the Devil)
DATE: October 2010
PRICE: € 666,666
PREFERRED BUYER: Musei Vaticani, Collezione di Arte Religiosa Moderna, Rome, Italy
CONDITIONS OF SALE: Painting has to be blessed in a public ceremony and exhibited free of charge at least 666 hours continuously.
TECHNIQUE: Oil on canvas, unframed.
DIMENSIONS: 40 x 31 cm
STORY: Biological symbols for female (in red) and male (in blue) are in this painting combined in such a way as to suggest that two males are partly inside one female. This is one form of threesome (menage a trios), which many people of free mind associate with ultimate sexual pleasure, while others think of as a great sin. The latter is suggested by the position of the male arrows, which evoke some of the classical portraiture of the Devil. Only primary colours are used to emphasize that sexual pleasure is one of the primal instincts of all human beings. Also, only simple geometric figures were used, making this painting one of the best examples of the AbFab style. Of course, the asking price and preferred buyer suggest only one of many obstacles to the free human spirit in the modern world. As Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest"... Not surprisingly, Nietzsche was engaged in a famous threesome in 1882, after which he started writing his "Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch fur Alle und Keinen", one of the most beautiful and creative testaments of human spirit. Note that colours in this painting are nicely matched with those in the Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche by Edvard Munch, 1906.