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Warren E. Saul: 1979  
The Crucifixion  
(Watercolor, 8x10)


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The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
Pencil Sketch by Warren E. Saul (1979)

Few would describe my father as especially religious. He was a reluctant church-attender, yet he sang hymns with a bass voice that the whole congregation could hear. Nominally a Presbyterian, he preferred well-organized scholastic sermons. To me, the kid wriggling in the pew next to him, it seemed Pa's favorite pastors offered long-winded lectures more often than succinct homilies. Therefore this sketch is all the more significant: it is virtually the only time he painted a religious theme. I think it is a view from the Cross looking down, with shadows in front. The understated emotional power of this work moves me.

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