Francis Gruber Job 1944

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Artwork details

Artist
Francis Gruber 1912–1948
Title
Job
Date 1944
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1619 x 1299 mm
frame: 1715 x 1390 x 97 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00180
Not on display

Display caption

Gruber was committed to realism and to Communism. Job was painted for an exhibition which opened shortly after the liberation of Paris in 1944. Gruber uses the Biblical story of Job's suffering as an allegory for the survival of hope under the Occupation. The inscription, which comes from The Book of Job, translates as: 'Now, once more my cry is a revolt, and yet my hand suppresses my sobs.'

August 2004

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