(Slide over for a closer look of the painting) This painting shown at the Salon in 1835 illustrates the story of the family of Abraham. Because his wife, Sarah, was elderly and barren, Abraham fathered a son, Ishmael, with their servant, Hagar. Later, when Sarah bore her own son, Isaac, Hagar and Ishmael were driven away into the desert of Beersheba. For this painting, Corot (the artist) chose the moment of their divine salvation. You can see Hagar crying out to The Divine for water for her son Ishmael. In the distance you can see Angel Gabriel coming as Hagar's prayers were answered. .
Artist: Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)
Medium: Oil on canvas .