AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD

  • Howard Finster, AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD, 1976, enamel on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., 1988.74.7

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Reverend Howard Finster created many paintings inspired by biblical events to illustrate his teachings and decorate his two-acre environmental sculpture, Paradise Garden. This painting is part of a triptych that shows different scenes from the Bible. AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD is the second painting in the series and was inspired by Saint John's visions in the book of Revelation. The large black sun immediately draws our attention and emphasizes the violent nature of the painting, while the scrawled text and broad strokes of bloodred paint evoke the end of days.

This artwork is currently on view on the first floor of the Museum in the Folk Art Galleries.

Title
AND THE MOON BECAME AS BLOOD
Artist
Date
1976
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
29 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. (75.0 x 76.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
enamel on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Religion – New Testament – Last Judgment
  • Allegory – religion
  • Landscape – celestial – sun
  • Landscape – celestial – moon
  • Architecture – boat
  • Religion – angel
Object Number
1988.74.7
Palette
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