In Paul Gauguin's compelling The Vision After the Sermon, a group of peasant women and a priest envision the biblical story of the battle between Jacob and the angel. Eyes down, heads bowed, the people are obviously seeing this scene in the inner world of the imagination where all visions are birthed. The drama of the battle appears close at hand, however, just on the other side of a tree trunk that cuts the picture in half. The strong red background contrasted to the white folds of the women's caps reinforces the vividness of the vision.

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