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Genesis #2

1934 Lorser Feitelson Born: Savannah, Georgia 1898 Died: Los Angeles, California 1978 oil on fiberboard 40 1/4 x 48 in. (102.1 x 121.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1985.33 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38B


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Lorser Feitelson created images that he hoped would inspire a "deep emotional response" through the careful arrangement of objects. In Genesis #2 he combined symbols to suggest the cycle of life. The melon and conch shell are images of female sexuality, and the egg shell, baby's face, and skull show the progression from conception to death. Feitelson painted a telescope going through the eyes of the different faces and out the top of the skull, pointing toward the universe. He surrounded this symbol of science and discovery with objects that evoke an alternative reality in which the physical evidence cannot explain the mysteries of life and death.

Keywords

Allegory - life - womanhood

Dress - costume - mask

Object - foodstuff - egg

Object - fruit - cantaloupe

Object - furniture - lamp

Object - other - shell

Religion - New Testament - Mary

painting

paint - oil

fiberboard

About Lorser Feitelson

Born: Savannah, Georgia 1898 Died: Los Angeles, California 1978

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