Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael

George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987. Painted plaster, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.

George Segal (1924–2000) first began making plaster casts from live models in 1961 and was known throughout his career for his figurative sculptures in plaster. He did a series of works based on biblical stories, all from Genesis, including Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael. The life-size pieces invite the viewer in as a participant in the drama of an enforced farewell. Moving around the figures, one can experience the psychological dynamics of this traumatic story (Gen 21).

George Segal, Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael, 1987. Painted plaster, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.

Gen 21

The Birth of Isaac
1The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised.2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old a ... View more

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