|Christ and the Adulteress.|
|Christ and the Adulteress, scene from D. W. Griffith's "Intolerance" from 1916. |
Decoration for theater foyer. Watercolor 1919.
It's obvious that these early painting bear a strong influence from the anti-Semitic currents that were common at the time. Cartoons with stereotype Jewish characters were published in each and every magazine and newspaper, and Tenggren, who was always eager to fulfill the commissioner's requirements, has naively followed the stream.
After his emigrating to USA in 1920, these typecast caricatures is hard to find. An illustration for Abraham Mithrie Rhibany´s "The Christ Story for Boys and Girls" from 1923 shows the scene in more solemn depiction.
|Christ and the Adulteress. |
Illustration for Abrahm Mithrie Rhibany, The Christ Story for Boys and Girls, 1923.
This scene obviously depicts the theme of Christ and the Adulteress as well, but as the book was aimed for boys and girls, the editor has chosen to use it to illustrate Christ healing the sick instead.