This is 1968 study titled “Resurrection” by the American artist Ben Stahl, 1910-1987. It measures 9 x 12in and is an oil on canvas on board (14 x 17in framed), signed and titled on verso, condition is good and it is ready to hang.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ABOUT THIS ART
Stahl painted a series of fifteen paintings in the 1950s, commissioned by the Catholic Press. Modeled after the fourteen Stations of the Cross with a fifteenth titled Resurrection, because he wanted the series to end positively, each oil painting was six feet by nine feet. Stahl opened The Museum of the Cross, which featured all fifteen paintings, his The Moment of Silent Prayer, and others of his work, some on loan from other museums, and gold rosaries. Norman Rockwell sent Stahl a letter dated June 3, 1968, which read, “Those Museum of the Cross pictures are absolutely fabulous. The rest of us are just illustrators, but you are among the masters and I am filled with admiration.”
Early on April 16, 1969, all the artwork from the museum, except two paintings, including The Moment of Silent Prayer, which Stahl called a “miracle picture”, as it had already survived a 1967 fire that destroyed Chicago’s convention center, were stolen from the museum and never recovered.
This painting was a smaller study for one of the “Resurrection stolen paintings.