Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael

George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987. Painted plaster, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.

George Segal (1924–2000) first began making plaster casts from live models in 1961 and was known throughout his career for his figurative sculptures in plaster. He did a series of works based on biblical stories, all from Genesis, including Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael. The life-size pieces invite the viewer in as a participant in the drama of an enforced farewell. Moving around the figures, one can experience the psychological dynamics of this traumatic story (Gen 21).

George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987. Painted plaster, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.

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