Philip le Bas (1925- )

Oil on canvas

58 x 50 cm


Methodist Modern Art Collection

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Biblical commentary

Matthew 27: 27–28

Jesus stands upright, naked to the waist with a white cloth from the waist down.  A soldier in armour stands behind him on his left, with his head and helmet bent forward as he strips him, whilst Jesus looks towards a distant horizon. Writing shortly after completing the painting, Le Bas said, ‘I have tried to show, without sentiment, the sufferings of a man, as I feel in this way the average person will come closer to realizing what agony and loneliness Christ must have endured.’

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.