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Last Supper

Max Thalmann (1890–1944), Last Supper, c.1920, woodcut, 14 1/4 x 11 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Milton D. Heifetz.

MAX THALMANN (1890–1944)

In Last Supper Christ stands out as the only distinct personality among the unarticulated grouping of disciples. Christ’s figure pulsates with light and glory, against which his twelve disciples are silhouetted. The attention of those at the table as well as the viewer are drawn to Christ’s benevolent face. Rather than convey the subject with detailed forms focus or impassioned expressions, Thalmann uses simplified shapes, strong lines, and light and dark contrasts to create a palpable sense of poignant emotion.

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