Sunday, June 15, 2008

Moses and the Burning Bush

Ernst Fuchs b.1930
Moses vor dem brennenden Dornbusch/Moses and the Burning Bush 1956
Oil on Canvas18,5 x 23,2 cm
österreichische Galerie, Vienna

In 1956 Fuchs converted to Roman Catholicism (his mother had had him baptized during the war in order to save him from being sent to a concentration camp).

In 1957 he entered the Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion where he began work on his monumental Last Supper and devoted himself to producing small sized paintings on religious themes such as Moses and the Burning Bush, culminating in a commission to paint three altar paintings on parchment, the cycle of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary (1958-61), for the Rosenkranzkirche in Hetzendorf, Vienna.