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The Plague of Hail

The Plague of Hail


So Moses stretched forth his staff heavenward, and the L‑rd gave forth thunder and hail, and fire came down to the earth, and the L‑rd rained down hail upon the land of Egypt. And there was hail, and fire flaming within the hail, very heavy, the likes of which had never been throughout the entire land of Egypt since it had become a nation. (Exodus 9:23-4)

In the painting Moses, stands with his arms stretched up to a sky filled with fire and brimstone, heralding in the seventh plague of hail. The painting captures the feeling of both fire and ice. The hail stones, which on the outside with ice, contained a flame of fire that burned within the ice. In a simple palette of ochre and burnt sienna, the hail stones light up the somber sky as they begin to rain down to destroy the crops of the Egyptians.

Yoram Raanan takes inspiration from living in Israel, where he can fully explore and express his Jewish consciousness. The light, the air, the spirit of the people and the land energize and inspire him. His paintings include modern Jewish expressionism with a wide range of subjects ranging from abstract to landscape, biblical and Judaic.
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