Ceri Richards - The supper at Emmaus

Ceri Richards (1903-1971)

Gouache

40 x 40 cm

1958

Methodist Modern Art Collection
No. RIC/1962

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Luke 24: 13–32

This is a study for the 1958 altar piece in the chapel at St Edmund Hall Oxford, although there are some differences between the study and the finished piece. Jesus sits facing the viewer, looking out of the picture, with one disciple sitting opposite him, his back to the viewer, and one on the right. The table is represented schematically as part of the yellow cross which is central to the picture.  The chair directly in front of us has four bars across the back which seem to echo the shutters at the top left of the painting. A jug, a goblet and two plates (one with three bread rolls on it) are on the table. The palette is limited to blues, yellows and greens.

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.