Art Paper on Jeremiah in the pit

Art Paper on Jeremiah in the pit

In this artwork Marc Chagall portrays the biblical Jeremiah in the pit that according to the bible as directed by God, prophesized the destruction of Jerusalem, and upon doing so, was lowered into a cistern, where he sunk down into the mud (Harsav and Chagall 39). In this piece of art, the artist has powerfully represented Jeremiah head down and hands bound, while contemplating his fate. Visually, the artist has used light that is shining on Jeremiah and an angel can be seen past his shoulder, he cannot see that he has not been forsaken and that even in his doubt God is still with him (Harsav and Chagall 40). The composition of the art has excelled in bringing together emotions and technical mastery of biblical teachings and beliefs. The artist has used oil on canvas in composing the art with a mixture of warm colors of black, white and grey to achieve unity in the composition. The object effectively interacts with its surrounding by giving prominence to Jeremiah and positioning him at the center of the canvas and thus capturing the attention of the audience (Harsav and Chagall 45). The media usage is controlled to provide a distinction between Jeremiah and the angel and thereby showing the different circumstances experienced by each object in the composition. The artist has effectively used space by using white colour dominating around Jeremiah to portray the holy suffering and goes hand in hand with the narrative in the bible. The artist wants the audience who are religious believers to appreciate the suffering that comes with serving God.

The reason why I like this piece of art is the assertion that the artist has succeeded in portraying religious and biblical motifs of Jewish background as the suffering of Jeremiah parallels that of the other people. In this piece of art, the artist has succeeded in using black colour to portray the dark side of suffering, the subject in the painting wears a Jewish prayer shawl, and whilst he suffers on the pit, an angel manifestation affirms the protection provided by God even during suffering (Harsav and Chagall 42). According to visual analysts the suffering portrayed in this artwork is purely a Christian symbol serving as a reminder of what provides distinction between Jews from Christians (Harsav and Chagall 50). The goal of the artwork was to portray religious suffering faced by those tasked with spreading the gospel to believers and non-believers and thus the artist has achieved the goal by presenting persecution through being thrown in the pit as a sign of common suffering faced by ministers of gospel and biblical teachings.

Museum and galleries

The museum and gallery was one of a kind that had myriad collections of modern and contemporary art that is enjoyed and experience by many people who wish to visit the gallery and park. The space was comfortable as it exhibited open-air displays with fascinating exhibitions through the galleries and art sections. The galleries had huge theme connections with the art objects, the pieces of artworks are inspired by natural beauty of the surrounding providing a linkup of arts, themes, activities and events.  I observed that though the museum and galleries had clear pathway for people to pass some areas of the park were difficult to access due to rugged terrain in the landscape and in the process was able to view four artworks. Different pieces of artworks elicited different reactions based on their unique compositions and placements.


Work cited

Harsav, Binyamin, and Marc Chagall. Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World: The Nature of

            Chagall’s Art and Iconography. New York: Rizzoli, 2006. Print.