Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

The Blessed Rescue , Circa 1990’s
Paint on wood panels
41 x 50 in (104.14 x 127 cm)
Rough wells toss two boats around on the open waters. Facing each other, the vessels align, pointing inward toward the solitary figure in the middle of the composition. A stoic silhouette, could this be the Patron Saint Adjutor, the protector of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims? He is calling home those who have perished while safeguarding those in danger. The heavens are alive with angels hovering above the misery, reaching down towards the anguish of those still flailing in the choppy and muddied water. The frantic and drowning are reaching up for salvation. The illuminated stars in the night sky shine a spotlight on the bloodied colloids of the water’s surface. The purity of white on the lower right denotes those who have succumbed to their suffering, passing onto a more peaceful existence. The affixed board on the right side of the picture plane, continues the somber narrative. The small fragment reveals an angel descending lower than all the other angels who are perched high above the boat masts. A singular figure floats in the swells. Glimmering white orbs surround the body, awaiting its heavenly retrieval. The deliverance of salvation is the prize for those lost in the “Blessed Rescue”.
The Blessed Rescue by Purvis Young (1943 - 2010)

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