Bible Flying (#1805)

  • Howard Finster, Bible Flying (#1805), 1980, enamel on wood, 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

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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.

Title
Bible Flying (#1805)
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Dimensions
24 x 50 7/8 in. (61.0 x 129.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
enamel on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture – vehicle – airplane
  • Landscape – imaginary
  • Religion – Old Testament
Object Number
1997.124.16
Palette
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