Vision of the Sermon by Paul Gauguin (70 x 100 cm) framed print
70 x 100 cm ready to hang black framed print of Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) by Paul Gaughin from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection. Image size 58.5 x 74.5 cm. Printed in high-quality 240gsm smooth matt paper with light, fine-grain surface texture.
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.'
Paul Gauguin's highly original paintings profoundly influenced modern art of the twentieth century. Now described as a 'Post-Impressionist', he was inspired to paint by Pissarro, but developed a symbolic style, using colour to express meaning. Traditions in western art and cultures outside Europe influenced his work. Gauguin's taste for travel and new experiences began when, as a child, he left Paris for Peru. In 1883 he abandoned stockbroking to dedicate himself to painting full-time. He painted in Brittany, and in Provence with Van Gogh. Gauguin travelled to Panama and Martinique and settled in Tahiti for several years. He died on the remote Marchese Islands.