To celebrate the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Strasbourg’s Notre-Dame cathedral there will be an exhibition in the minster from 20 June to 13 September 2015. The vernissage will take place on 20 June 2015 at 10.30am in the presence of the Archbishop of Strasbourg, Jean-Pierre Grallet O.F.M. Twenty-four artists were commissioned to paint a canvas of 1.8x0.8 meters on the theme of The Lord’s Prayer. The six different commissions were raffled and each commission was carried out on canvas by four different artists.

My commission is: “Our Father in Heaven, … Give us this day our daily bread”.

 

Exhibition Text for the Millenium of the Cathedral

Our Father give us this day our daily bread, this bread of life, this vital spiritual food, which enables us to live in the deepest possible sense. As it says in John’s Gospel:  

I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world (John 6:51).

And, linked to this:

Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will take care of itself. There are enough things to worry about each day (Matthew 6:34).

 

As Benedict XVI writes, quoting Simone Weil1:

 

«In everything that inspires in us a pure and authentic sense of beauty there is the real presence of God»

In this painting I’m trying to portray and give people a feeling of «one kind of divine incarnation in the world, revealed in beauty» 1

Through the five senses, we may perceive the beauty of nature and a love that is revealed in God’s protective presence. We need to imbibe this beauty so that we do not lose hope. In it we discover the joys of contemplation and can learn to live the present moment deeply without worrying about tomorrow.

 

Simone Weil « La pesanteur et la grâce » chapter on beauty

Painting         Extract of the painting