The Mother Of All Living by Al Young

The Mother Of All Living

{ Eve }
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12" x 16"$140.0016" x 20"$215.0018" x 24"$280.00
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20" x 28"$261.0024" x 32"$348.0030" x 40"$528.0045" x 60.5"$1,162.00
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Original oil painting$23,397.00
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And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.

And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.

Moses 5:10-12

The story behind The Mother Of All Living

The Mother of All Living portrays the enduring faith, hope, and charity of Eve.

In the painting, she is not merely looking upward from the darkling clouds of a fallen world, but she is contemplating the Fountainhead of light and being.  Her countenance is portrayed so that in looking upon it we understand that she is seeing not merely with her eyes, but with her mind and heart.  And because the light above her and around her is kindred to the light within her own soul, we sense that she is a daughter of God; that the light within her is kindred to The Light upon which she looks.

Eve was a mother in a fallen world.  Being in a fallen world is bad enough as an individual, but to be a mother in such circumstances is to bring one's children into darkness.  Thus, she had the choice that belongs to every mother; indeed, to motherhood:  She could focus on the sad and sorry state of things, and set a sorrowing example of selfish recrimination, or she could look to The Light, to the future, and to all the goodness yet to come.  She chose faith, hope and charity—the qualities of character by which the goodness and the brightness of that future will be made.

Who could have had more reason to be sad than the Mother of All Living; nevertheless, we see her, here, profoundly happy.  The only way she could have such happiness is through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The placement and orientation of the figure rise above the darkness of the world, and as we look at Eve our own souls are lifted heavenward.  Thus, as Mother of All Living, she lifts not only her own gaze, but the gaze of her children.  She lifts their minds and hearts as well as hers.  She lifts the world.

Eve is contemplating, or remembering, the great things of God not as something that has been—although that is part of her story; she is remembering the great things of God as part of bringing to pass what God promises.  Remembering is one of the most important things we do toward helping to build that promised future, when once again the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, and were shut out from the presence of the Lord, but neither they nor any of their children have ever been beyond His reach; therefore, the light in the painting can best be understood as the Father's hand resting gently, lovingly, on a daughter's sunlit head.
© By Al Young, All Rights Reserved. You may not print, copy, or reproduce this artwork or make derivative works from it without the prior written consent of the copyright holder. For permissions, please review our FAQ page.

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