Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) by Paul Gauguin A5 postcard
A5 (21 x 14.8 cm) single postcard featuring Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) by Paul Gauguin, from the National Galleries of Scotland Collection.
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 (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French post-Impressionist artist. Underappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of colour and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism.
His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin's art became popular after his death.