Garden of Eden

Like many of Balthazar's works, his inspiration comes from other historical artworks -- and there is little more historical than the Garden of Eden.

Just as the Garden of Eden showed the conflict between Adam and Eve and the devil, William Balthazar Rose's interpretation shows the conflict between William and Balthazar and his own inner devil.

Although William Balthazar Rose is one person, he is very much two different artists. The quiet, discreet, gentle William -- and the loud, showman, extravagant painter who is Balthazar.

The Garden of Eden borrows from William's knowledge and love of the history of art, but is very much the creation of the artist Balthazar.

The painting is a classic Balthazar piece which references a classical setting or painting, but offers a different twist and nod to his cooks motif.

Eve naked and naturally wearing a chefs hat. The 'other being' sitting front and center - contemplating.

Most notable is the female chef holding a clever and a naked red devil.

The tension between William and Balthazar is illustrated best in the image of the devil who in various developments of the painting has either a flaccid or erect penis (shown flaccid in this version).

The more extravagant Balthazar clearly favors the inclusion of the erect penis, whereas the more cautious William feels that is inappropriate and favors the flaccid version.

As William points out "that penis has been up and down more times than a window cleaner on his ladder".

This tension perfectly sums up the battle between William and Balthazar. Balthazar being William's inner demon... his brilliant master, who is responsible for some of William's best works, but is equally responsible for some of William's biggest challenges in life.

By rights, Balthazar and the erect penis must win the battle and whoever buys the Garden of Eden must appreciate the internal challenges William and Balthazar went through to create this disruptive piece of work.

Priced to acknowledge the devil's hand in this artwork.