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Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) 1888

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

This painting, which dates from 1888 and was made in Pont-Aven, Brittany, is one of Gauguin's most famous works. The Breton women, dressed in distinctive regional costume, have just listened to a sermon based on a passage from the Bible. Genesis (32:22-32) relates the story of Jacob, who, after fording the river Jabbok with his family, spent a whole night wrestling with a mysterious angel. In a letter the artist wrote to Van Gogh he said 'For me the landscape and the fight only exist in the imagination of the people praying after the sermon.'

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1643
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 72.20 x 91.00 cm (framed: 96 cm x 116.7 cm x 8.3 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1925