Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

  • Hananiah Harari, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel, 1936, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost, 1986.92.52

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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.”

Title
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Artists
Date
1936
On View
Dimensions
sight 47 1/4 x 36 1/4 in. (120.0 x 92.1 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Religion – Old Testament – Jacob
Object Number
1986.92.52
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