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Georges de La Tour, Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1644.
These days, I look at the nativity scene with different eyes. I used to see a beautiful, serene, sentimental scene that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, reminding me that Jesus came in the flesh as a cute little baby. Of course, the shadow of Jesus’ cross would temper my fuzzy feelings a bit, but only a little. Christmas, after all, is a joyous occasion. We can save the sorrows and grief for Good Friday, right? I suspect many of us have similar sentiments.
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William Kurelek is a much-loved Canadian artist. He produced over 10,000 works of art in his short, turbulent life. His works can be found in galleries across Canada. His work is often described as pastoral, humorous and naïf. The paintings depict games, family gatherings, work, immigrant experiences and ethnic celebrations. In his last decade, he drew 160 illustrations of the Gospel of Matthew, largely the “Passion of Christ.”
Born to Ukrainian immigrants in Alberta and raised on a farm in Manitoba, he had a difficult relationship with his father and fought a desperate, life-long battle with depression. He claimed ...Full Story
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