Vision after the sermon (Jacob's fight with an angel) - Paul Gauguin. 1888
The mysterious masterpiece of Gauguin, which depicts breton religious holiday, was written in the autumn of 1888. In the foreground, a praying girl and a priest, bowing their heads, are depicted with their eyes closed, which indicates their deep inner perception of the vision. Jacob’s fight with an angel was interpreted differently by French writers and artists of the 19th century who saw in it an allegory of the struggle to separate religion from the state and the growth of religious doubts or the relationship of the human race to the divine. The interpretation of Gauguin reflects his idea of the mystical understanding of the artist acquired at the cost of great efforts, unattainable for ordinary people.
JACOB. In the Old Testament, the twins Jacob and Esau were sons of Isaac and Rebekah. In one episode, at night by the stream, Jacob fought with an angel before dawn. Unable to defeat Jacob, the angel did not give his name, but told Jacob that Israel would henceforth be his name. Then Jacob realized that he was fighting with God.