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"Resistance" 32 x 44 acrylic/canvas

"Resistance" is based both on a painting by Goya, "The Executions of the Third of May, 1814," and on a photo taken in the Warsaw Ghetto. In the photo in which this painting is based, a group of Rabbis are surrounded by Nazi soldiers. There is no escape. (It was a short time from the burning of books in Nazi Germany to the burning of bodies.) Goya’s depiction of cruelty in war provided an apt compositional device for this subject. In the foreground, I’ve placed Nazi helmets instead of the backs of Napoleon’s army. The background mirrors that of Goya’s, to show the continuity of mans’ suffering.