Thursday, 4 November 2010

Apocalypse then

The Edge Of Doom (1836-1838)
The Destruction Of The Temple (c.1830-1840)

Delivery Of Israel Out Of Egypt (1830) 
Samuel Colman is a fairly mysterious figure in the history of British art. He lived from 1780 to 1845, working as an artist and drawing teacher in Bristol, although he was not from there. After his death he was largely forgotten, with his extant paintings often credited to a better known later American artist of the same name.

The British Colman was a non-conformist, and his massive, weird, apocalyptic renderings of biblical themes reflect both his unconventional approach to religion and, in the recurring themes of emancipation, escape and deliverance from evil, his staunch opposition to the slavetrade.

'Delivery Of Israel Out Of Egypt' (1830, bottom) can be seen at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It's magnificent.   

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