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Slow Art: Taking a Good, Long Look
May 3, 2010

This Howard Finster painting was the most talked about artwork at American Art's recent Slow Art event. One participant said that it reminded her of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment fresco in Vatican City. But while the Italian master’s painting has no words, Finster’s is covered with Bible verses warning the viewer about Hell. "The words drew me in," stated another participant. “He really gets his message across". While Finster was prolific in creating over thirty thousand paintings during his lifetime, someone pointed out that Planet Hell was in great contrast to Thomas Moran’s monumental, sublime work The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which took eight years to paint.

Do you have a favorite landscape at American Art (we've got more than six thousand six hundred online)? Before making a choice, take a good, long look!

Luce staffer Mary Tait contributed to this post.

Posted by Jeff on May 3, 2010


At first glance, I thought this painting was referring to the BP oil spill crisis in Gulf of Mexico--complete with diagram outlining the spill area and its projected spread. It certainly applies. It is planet hell for everyone living and making their living in the effected area. What an interesting painting.

I really like this painting as it can be applied to many issues facing the world today.

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