Saturday, September 28, 2019

01 Work, CONTEMPORARY Interpretation of the Bible! With Footnotes - 34

David Driesbach, (American, b. 1922) 
Rest on the Flight to Egypt, c. 1959 
17 3/4" x 22 1/2"
Private collection

Rest on the Flight to Egypt. The scene is based not on any incident in the Bible itself, but on a body of tales or legends that had grown up in the early Middle Ages around the Bible story of the Holy Family fleeing into Egypt for refuge on being warned that Herod the Great was seeking to kill the Christ Child. According to the legend, Joseph and Mary paused on the flight in a grove of trees; the Holy Child ordered the trees to bend down so that Joseph could take fruit from them, and then ordered a spring of water to gush forth from the roots so that his parents could quench their thirst. This basic story acquired many extra details during the centuries. More on Rest on the Flight to Egypt

David Dreisbach, printmaker and educator, was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on October 7, 1922. He attended the University of Illinois between 1940 and 1941. During World War II, he worked in war plants in Illinois and California until June 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He served in the South Pacific Theater for three years. He was discharged in 1945. He continued his education under the G.I. Bill, studying with Mauricio Lasansky and Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York and in France in 1969. 

Driesbach’s teaching experience includes Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas; Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa 1953-1954; Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois 1954-1959; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 1959-1964; and fianlly at Northern Illinois University Dekalb. Driesbach retired from teaching in 1992. His work is represented in the collections of he Seattle Art Museum, Dayton Art Institute, Columbus Gallery of Fine Art and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. More on David Dreisbach

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