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Jasmin Joseph

(Haitian, born 1923)

Christ under fruit tree

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Object Details

Artist

Jasmin Joseph

Date

1966

Medium

Oil on hardboard

Dimensions

Image: 33 1/2 × 23 3/4 inches (85.1 × 60.3 cm)
Overall/Frame: 40 1/4 × 31 1/4 × 1 1/4 inches (102.2 × 79.4 × 3.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Clara K. Seley

Object
Number

88.064.004

Jasmin Joseph converted from Vodou practice to Protestantism in 1950. Christian subject matter is ob(…)

Jasmin Joseph converted from Vodou practice to Protestantism in 1950. Christian subject matter is obviously central to this work. Yet the predominating (literally overarching) depiction of an imaginary tree or vine—one bearing an impossible combination of grapes, pineapples, bananas, corn, exotic fruits, and gourds—suggests broader, more universal symbolism of fertility, abundance, providence, and the interconnectedness of earth and spirit. (“The Best Way to Prepare Bananas: Fruits of the Soul from the Permanent Collection,” curated by Matt Conway and presented at the Johnson Museum June 24-August 13, 2017)

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