Leo Meissner
American (1895-1977)
Ninth Hour
Wood engraving
7×6 IN.

30 in an edition of 50. Signed in pencil lower right: "Leo Meissner"; titled in pencil lower left: "Ninth Hour"; numbered lower center: "30/50". A fine impression in fine condition with full margins.
"At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"-which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah." One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last." (Mark 15:33-37)

Jesus is often referenced with light imagery in Christian writing as in these passages from John 1: (3-5) "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it." (9) "The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world."

$ 225