ST. LUKE 5-20 AND WHEN HE SAW THEIR FAITH. HE SAID UNTO HIM. MAN THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN THEE.
- Luce Center Label
- Howard Finster frequently incorporated found objects into his artworks. This piece is one such example. Using red enamel paint and bold lettering, the artist transcribed a verse from the Gospel of St. Luke on the lid of an old oven. The verse is taken from a story in the New Testament in which a paralyzed man was lowered by his friends through the roof of a house so that he could get close to Jesus. Moved by the faith of these men, Jesus cured the man of his paralysis. A reverend from Alabama, Finster believed he could spread his message to more people through his art than he could through his sermons.
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- "I asked God, 'Why is it I'm a garbage collector? Everything I have is junk.' He said, 'You don't have anything. I want the world to understand that you can make something out of what other people throw away.'" (The artist, quoted in John Turner and Judith Dunham, "Howard Finster: Man of Visions," in Folklife Annual, ed. Alan Jabbour and James Hardin, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1985)
- Data Source
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Howard Finster, born Valley Head, AL 1916-died Rome, GA 2001
- Credit Line
- Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
- enamel on metal
- 20 x 24 x 1 3/8 in. (50.9 x 61.1 x 3.5 cm.)
- Folk Art