Films wanted to pay homage to the painter, Balthazar Drione,
who came to Alsace around 1690. He came to Bischwiller
Castle where Prince Christian II appointed him as Court
Balthazar was born in Antwerp of an Italian wine-dealer
Balthazars mother, Maria Jansens was the daughter
of the Flemish painter, Abraham Jansens.
Prince Christian II of Birkenfeld went on several prolonged
visits to France, England, Holland and Sweden from 1656
onwards. In 1664 he fought on the side of the French against
the Turks and was rewarded by Louis XIV who nominated
him Colonel of the Alsace Regiment. Christian II was known
as being a highly-cultured and refined character.
Balthazar was the official Court Painter in Bischwiller
Castle for many years. But this enchanted story came to
a tragic end when Christian II died in 1717 and his widow
refused to pay Balthazar the money which was still owed
to him for his paintings. He was to die in poverty at
the age of 85.
Two of his sons installed themselves in the village of
Hatten where Balthazar Films is based. We carry on the
tradition of supplying images for the great and the good
but we have no intention of dying in poverty!