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The Great Religions

This is a tongue in cheek pallet knife statement about the dominant religions in the world. I purposely represented them with irreverence and sarcasm. This picture I painted in 1954 and since then my family condemned it to the attic. Nevertheless, it represents many of my deepest feelings and consternations I harbor towards religions - In my view religions (except Buddhism) seem to create a constant state of instability. All have made territoriality their 'raison d'Ítre'. They demand total obedience to the "dictum". I included Communism in this painting because its leaders ruled over large parts the world and they claimed communism to be the salvation of the masses. The star and hammer embrace the star of David (Karl Marx and Engel). The emaciated and sad looking Buddha looks down on the fat cow (the opposite of normal presentations). The cross looming and fading into the circle of Taoism. Missing is the "$" sign - the modern religion of the public who elect our modern political leaders.
Weight:
Date:
7/20/1955
Height:
76 cm
Item:
P3
Length:
56 cm
Material:
Pallet Knife/Oil on Canvas Board
Width:
Price:
not for sale
 
Copyright © 2007 Chris Rose