Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Roger Vandersteine, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 1975. Oil on canvas, The Royal Alberta Museum, Canada.

Roger Vandersteene was a Flemish missionary who worked among the Cree people of northern Alberta, Canada in the years after the Second World War. His paintings and poetry attempted to integrate Cree spirituality with European Christian traditions. His paintings seek to merge Cree and European religious forms by creating hybrid forms such as crucified bears or church structures re-imagined as traditional Cree buildings. Vandersteene sought to make a visible unity of the two religious traditions.

Roger Vandersteine, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, 1975. Oil on canvas, The Royal Alberta Museum, Canada.

One who embarks on a mission of good (usually religiously motivated) works, often to a distant locale.

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