Malcah Zeldis (American, b. 1931)
Noah's Ark, 1978
- Oil on canvas
- 22 x 28 in. (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of Jay Johnson, 1980-10
- © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Most of the forms in the painting are rendered flatly. Zeldis outlines many of them, adding to their flatness. In spite of the flatness of the individual figures, animals, and objects, Zeldis creates a sense of perspective or depth within the picture by making things smaller when they are supposed to be farther away.
Zeldis’s palette is full of primary and secondary colors—or tints of them (white added to them).
The presence of both the sun and moon in the sky in the background suggests that the narrative is conflating episodes from different moments in time.