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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

ca. 1955-1970 Alexander Bogardy Born: Hungary 1901 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1992 oil on paperboard 20 x 30 in. (50.9 x 76.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1990.97.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22B


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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

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"All my work is done for God." The artist, quoted in Margaret Parsons and Marsha Orgeron, "Alexander Bogardy, Singular Pursuits," Folk Art, Spring/Summer 2004

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread shows Jesus, God, and a white dove next to a map of the world, surrounded by the heads of many angels. Part of an inscription on the back of the painting reads: ". . . Jesus is about to embrace the world but not wholeheartedly as the tears rolling down Jesus['s] cheeks indicate the disturbance throughout the world . . ." The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit, which God is releasing to "strengthen the weak and seekers of Mercy." Alexander Bogardy was a devout Catholic, and this image expresses his concerns with all the problems in the world. His message is not entirely serious, however, because he painted perfectly coiffed hairstyles on each of the floating angels!

Keywords

Landscape - celestial - planet

Religion - angel

Religion - God

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Holy Spirit

Religion - New Testament - Holy Trinity

Religion - New Testament - Mary

painting

folk art

paint - oil

paperboard

About Alexander Bogardy

Born: Hungary 1901 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1992

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