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Paintings by Don Karr:


1993 - 1996


Christ Blessing Little Children
[36" x 48" – oil on canvas – 1993]
—from an engraving by Samuel Sartain (ca. 1863)
after the painting by Charles Lock Eastlake (1839)

And they brought young children to him,that he should touch them:and his disciplesrebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

—Mark 10: 13-16 (King James Version)




Moses at Sinai
[36" x 48" – oil on canvas – 1993]

And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

—Exodus 19: 18-20 (King James Version)




View of back wall of The Lahr Gallery (4 South Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, New Jersey) from the retrospective exhibition, The Paintings of Don Karr – May 5th to 31, 1995.







Anafiel Changes the Facts

[36" x 39" – oil on canvas – 1994]









Ben Azzai Fails the Water Test
[28" x 34" – oil on canvas – 1994]

Rabbi Akiba said to them: “When you draw near the stones of pure marble, beware. Do not say, ‘Water, water.’ For it is written, He who speaks lies shall not be established in My sight [psalm 101: 7]Ben Azzai looked at the sixth palace and saw the splendor of the air of the stones of marble that were built into the palace. His body could not endure it. He opened his mouth and asked them: “What is the nature of these waters?” He died.
—excerpts of BT Hag. 14b and Hekhalot Zutarti
from David Joel Halperin,
The Faces of the Chariot (1988), pages 203 & 204





Rabbi Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk, the Ba’al Shem of London, Instructs Emanuel Swedenborg in Kabbalistic Technique
[36½" x 28" – oil on canvas – 1996]




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