Jacob’s Ladder

1949

Bronze. 45 x 65 x 17 cm

Also entitled: Jacob’s Dream.

Herman Wald wrestled for 15 years with the concept of this sculpture.  It depicts Jacob, with whom he strongly identified, asleep with  his head on the stone and  the ladder of ascending and descending angels.  Here the angels themselves constitute the ladder and form a unit with Jacob. Herman Wald recognizes in Jacob the visionary, his dream reaching out into the stratosphere, towards which man incessantly strives. 

 © Kaplan Centre

Images reproduced by kind permission of Louis Wald

The Life and Art of

HERMAN WALD

(1906-1970)