The bottom of this expansive drawing depicts a white chair lying in a black pit-like space. Additional chair figures are sketched in thin lines, on the blue sky. In Micha Ullman's art, the chair represents a lonely man; a fallen chair is a man who has lost his ability to function – a dead man.
The inspiration for this painting was a fresco in the Cappella dell'Arena in Padua, Giotto de Bondone's The Mourning of Christ. The chairs in the sky in Ullman's drawing resemble the angels hovering in various formations in the blue sky of Giotto's fresco. The recumbent white chair resembles the reclining, pale body of Christ in a pit-grave.
The pit motif has recurred consistently in Ullman's work, since the early 1970s. This grave and contemplative drawing was created in 1982, when Israel was mired in gloom and mourning the First War in Lebanon.
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