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Nativity

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Nativity 2003
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Pen on paper 21x29 cm

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About the Picture

The child born into this world is welcomed with a revelatory dance. A priest with a harp ordains the narrative with a single drop of blood, left to fall upon the infant's crib. The other four players each bring a gift to the newborn baby. A mother in the foreground personifies love, the unconditional care of our early lives. The young girl dances with abandon, offering the hopes of youth; a dove and a manuscript fly from her clasped hands. The worried father carries a skeletal burden: the responsibility of adulthood. Finally the grandmother, a crone with a death's-head brings a small meaningless package to the party. In the distance a mausoleum awaits, as the condition of existence determines a direction, a being-towards death. The young aesthetician might ruminate on the scene: "Life for me has become a bitter drink, and yet it must be taken in drops, slowly, counting." (Kierkegaard)

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