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Bible Flying (#1805)

1980 Howard Finster Born: Valley Head, Alabama 1916 Died: Rome, Georgia 2001 enamel on wood 24 x 50 7/8 in. (61.0 x 129.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.16 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 24A


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Howard Finster was fascinated by modern technology and filled his two-acre Paradise Garden with portraits of inventors and examples of their creations. An inscription on this painting reveals that it was inspired by an airplane trip to Miami. Finster used quotes from the Bible to compare this journey to visions of divine flight, such as "who are these that fly as a cloud" and "Oh that I had wings like a dove for then would I fly away." He painted an eerie, hilly landscape depicting the fantasy world that he "saw" from the window of the airplane.

Keywords

Architecture - vehicle - airplane

Landscape - imaginary

Religion - Old Testament

painting

folk art

paint - enamel

wood

About Howard Finster

Born: Valley Head, Alabama 1916 Died: Rome, Georgia 2001

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