WRESTLING WITH AN ANGEL

The Vision After the Sermon Painting by Paul Gauguin

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In this famous painting made in 1888, Paul Gauguin vivifies a biblical sermon when  Breton ladies listen to Jacob engaged with an angel.  Can you feel the intense energy of his strokes using vivid colors as he sketches the two levels of reality in this scene?  That is the style that made him stand out against other post-impressionist painters.

HAIKU

Ladies bowed in reverence

Attentive to the sermon’s plot

A dream becomes reality

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“I shut my eyes in order to see.”  –Paul Gauguin