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13th Apr 2012

Thomas Jefferson — Essence Portrait

Thomas Jefferson   (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 18 26) was an American Founding Father  who was the principal author of the and the third President of the United States.

This basic Essence Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, who fascinates me and I admire him greatly, although I do not always agree with him. His basic Essence Portrait is created with the symbol-strokes (original Torah font letters) I am using for the portraits of the presidents; Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments. However due to his wide range of interests and influence, there are many texts that certainly could also have been chosen.

There is little doubt that Jefferson was very familiar with the Bible and the Ten Commandments. His “self-evident” truths derive from biblical ideas that all men are equal before the law. As a plantation owner and slaveholder he was part of the ruling class, but Jefferson made profoundly significant contributions to the rise of anti-slavery constitutionalism in the United States. See the Wikipedia article for more about Jefferson and slavery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson_and_slavery.

I chose to portray the younger Jefferson, a more romantic figure who I can easily imagine impressing the Paris court on behalf of the colonies. Also, note how many, many strokes are obviously used , especially in his clothing. That is because Jefferson was a man of letters (symbolism not pun intended).

Portrait of Jefferson created with strokes of Ten Commandments by Judy Rey Wasserman

Exodus 20 – Ten Commandments (Thomas Jefferson Essence Portrait) by Judy Rey Wasserman

“I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as a cause from withdrawing from a friend” – Thomas Jefferson

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art at ungravenimage.com.

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