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Abraham Rattner (American, 1895 – 1978)

Crucifixion in Yellow

Crucifixion in Yellow

1953
oil on masonite
45 3/4 x 35 1/4 in.

Gift of Genny, Clifford, and Robert Ayers in Memory of Genevieve Schultz Ayers, AG.1987.7.1

Abraham Rattner's style of figurative expressionism combined traditional themes with the formal elements of Modernism. The theme of the crucifixion grew out of Rattner's reaction to World War II. For Rattner, the crucifixion became a symbol of man's condition. He included himself in this spiritual examination when he said, "It is myself that is on the cross, though I am attempting to express a universal theme-man's inhumanity to man." In Yellow Crucifixion Rattner shatters and reassembles the image of a figure on a golden cross. The brightly colored facets of thick paint and the delineating black lines are reminiscent of the Gothic stained glass windows Rattner admired during a brief residence in Chartres, site of the famous French cathedral.

Visitor's Comments:

"I love the fact that you have to really ‘study’ the piece to see what the artist was trying to say. Also it is beautiful and different from The Cummer’s other works." - Wilma

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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1895 – 1978
Catalog Number: 
AG.1987.7.1
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Abraham
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Rattner
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
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1953
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20th and 21st Century European and American Art
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oil on masonite<br /> 45 3/4 x 35 1/4 in.

Abraham Rattner's style of figurative expressionism combined traditional themes with the formal elements of Modernism. The theme of the crucifixion grew out of Rattner's reaction to World War II. For Rattner, the crucifixion became a symbol of man's condition. He included himself in this spiritual examination when he said, "It is myself that is on the cross, though I am attempting to express a universal theme-man's inhumanity to man." In Yellow Crucifixion Rattner shatters and reassembles the image of a figure on a golden cross. The brightly colored facets of thick paint and the delineating black lines are reminiscent of the Gothic stained glass windows Rattner admired during a brief residence in Chartres, site of the famous French cathedral.

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Genny, Clifford, and Robert Ayers in Memory of Genevieve Schultz Ayers
Permanent Quote: 
"I love the fact that you have to really ‘study’ the piece to see what the artist was trying to say. Also it is beautiful and different from The Cummer’s other works." <strong>- Wilma</strong>
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Abraham Rattner's style of figurative expressionism combined traditional themes with the formal elements of Modernism. The theme of the crucifixion grew out of Rattner's reaction to World War II. For Rattner, the crucifixion became a symbol of man's condition. He included himself in this spiritual examination when he said, "It is myself that is on the cross, though I am attempting to express a universal theme-man's inhumanity to man." In Yellow Crucifixion Rattner shatters and reassembles the image of a figure on a golden cross. The brightly colored facets of thick paint and the delineating black lines are reminiscent of the Gothic stained glass windows Rattner admired during a brief residence in Chartres, site of the famous French cathedral.

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Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Genny, Clifford, and Robert Ayers in Memory of Genevieve Schultz Ayers
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Permanent Quote: 
"I love the fact that you have to really ‘study’ the piece to see what the artist was trying to say. Also it is beautiful and different from The Cummer’s other works." <strong>- Wilma</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1895 – 1978
Catalog Number: 
AG.1987.7.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Abraham
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Rattner
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
Permanent Year: 
1953
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on masonite<br /> 45 3/4 x 35 1/4 in.

Abraham Rattner's style of figurative expressionism combined traditional themes with the formal elements of Modernism. The theme of the crucifixion grew out of Rattner's reaction to World War II. For Rattner, the crucifixion became a symbol of man's condition. He included himself in this spiritual examination when he said, "It is myself that is on the cross, though I am attempting to express a universal theme-man's inhumanity to man." In Yellow Crucifixion Rattner shatters and reassembles the image of a figure on a golden cross. The brightly colored facets of thick paint and the delineating black lines are reminiscent of the Gothic stained glass windows Rattner admired during a brief residence in Chartres, site of the famous French cathedral.

Permanent Gift: 
Gift of Genny, Clifford, and Robert Ayers in Memory of Genevieve Schultz Ayers
Permanent Quote: 
"I love the fact that you have to really ‘study’ the piece to see what the artist was trying to say. Also it is beautiful and different from The Cummer’s other works." <strong>- Wilma</strong>
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