A Land that Eats Its Inhabitants: Transformations of a Biblical Motif in the Paintings of Ludwig Blum

In The Jewish Press, Menachem Wecker considers whether Ludwig Blum, in his portrayals of Israel as a land which overwhelmed its early Zionist settlers, was conscious of Numbers 13.32.

Ludwig Blum - Timna, Copper Mines (1957)
Ludwig Blum - Timna, Copper Mines (1957)

And they produced an evil report about the land which they explored, to the sons of Israel, saying, “The land through which we passed to explore is a land devouring its inhabitants. And all the people whom we saw in its midst were men of great proportions. And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak from the Nephlim. And we were, in our eyes, like grasshoppers, and as a gnat we were in their eyes.

– Numbers 13.32-33

See ‘Landscapes That Devour Their Inhabitants: Ludwig Blum’s Jerusalem Works at Ben Uri Gallery’ (16 March 2011).

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