Jacob wrestling with the Angel

1950

Bronze. 77 x 29 x 24 cm

This figure represents a stylistic breakthrough into abstraction and pre-empts  Herman Wald’s last period. It depicts a crucial scene in the Bible, in which Man wrestles with God. [Genesis 32:25-29]. After this struggle Jacob’s name became Israel. Herman Wald’s angel plunges down from heaven like a flame. Their head meet in a  fusion of the human and the divine.

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Images reproduced by kind permission of Louis Wald

The Life and Art of

HERMAN WALD

(1906-1970)