Arthur and Judith Sussman

Arthur Sussman Gallery
Original Artwork and
High Quality, Signed, Limited Edition Giclées
(Ink on Canvas and Ink on Paper)

Jonah and the Whale

Jonah is swallowed by a “big fish”. He is the only prophet to reject a command of God. When God instructs him to go to the non-Jewish city of Nineveh in Assyria to warn the inhabitants of their city’s impending destruction, Jonah immediately boards a boat headed in the opposite direction.

Jonah hates Nineveh. Assyria, is, after all, the country that destroyed the 10 Tribes of Israel in 722 BCE. He wants the city punished, not offered the opportunity to repent.

Jonah’s solution, fleeing God, is, of course, impossible. God sends a sudden, raging storm. The sailors draw lots to determine who is responsible for their predicament. The lottery repeatedly falls on Jonah, who tells them he is a Hebrew and their only hope of saving the ship is to throw him overboard, which they do. The sea immediately calms.

“The big fish” then swallows Jonah. After 3 days in its belly, it spits Jonah out onto dry land.
Commentary from Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Telushkin pgs 91-92

Jonah and the Whale

Artwork Details:

Original Artwork Size: 42" x 32"      
Ink on Canvas Giclée
(with stretcher bars)
24" x 18" $650 $90
Ink on Canvas Giclée
(rolled canvas only)
24" x 18" $615 $50
Ink on Paper Giclée 11" x 8.5" $50 $20