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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

1936 Hananiah Harari Born: Rochester, New York 1912 Died: Hawthorne, New York 2000 oil on canvas sight 47 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. (120.0 x 92.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost 1986.92.52 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 41B


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Hananiah Harari went to Palestine in the early 1930s to explore his Jewish heritage, and this painting was completed shortly after his return to New York. He painted a traditional biblical subject in a very modern way, placing abstract shapes and patterns together to resemble two figures. They appear equal in size and strength, but the figure on the left, with its feather-patterned “wings,” probably represents the angel. Different peoples and cultures fascinated Harari, and he created several paintings based on his travels, describing them as his “search into the world.”

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Abstract

Religion - Old Testament - Jacob

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Hananiah Harari

Born: Rochester, New York 1912 Died: Hawthorne, New York 2000

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