Jamie Rice

Mixed Media Paintings

Blind Men and the Elephant

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Blind Men and the Elephant

from 39.00

Blind Men and the Elephant , 30"x40" Oil on canvas with resin.

Based on the poem:

The Blind Men and the Elephant

by John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Hindustan
To learning much inclined, 
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind) 
That each by observation
Might satisfy the mind.

The First approached the Elephant
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side
At once began to bawl: 
“Bless me, it seems the Elephant
Is very like a wall.

The Second, feeling of his tusk, 
Cried, “Ho! What have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp? 
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear.”

The Third approached the animal, 
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands, 
Then boldly up and spake: 
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake.”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand, 
And felt about the knee. 
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he; 
“'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, 
Said: “E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most; 
Deny the fact who can, 
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope, 
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope, 
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Hindustan Disputed loud and long, 
Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, 
Though each was partly in the right And all were in the wrong.

So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, 
Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, 
And prate about an Elephant 

Not one of them has seen!

 

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Blind Men and the Elephant , 30"x40" Oil on canvas with resin.

Based on the poem:

The Blind Men and the Elephant

by John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Hindustan
To learning much inclined, 
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind) 
That each by observation
Might satisfy the mind.

The First approached the Elephant
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side
At once began to bawl: 
“Bless me, it seems the Elephant
Is very like a wall.

The Second, feeling of his tusk, 
Cried, “Ho! What have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp? 
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear.”

The Third approached the animal, 
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands, 
Then boldly up and spake: 
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake.”

The Fourth reached out an eager hand, 
And felt about the knee. 
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he; 
“'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, 
Said: “E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most; 
Deny the fact who can, 
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope, 
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope, 
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Hindustan Disputed loud and long, 
Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, 
Though each was partly in the right And all were in the wrong.

So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, 
Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, 
And prate about an Elephant 

Not one of them has seen!

 

11" x 14" Signed Art Print on Satin Paper (unframed)

or 

18"x24" Metal Print

Printed on Aluminum with high gloss surface for unsurpassed detail and vibrance. 

-1/2" float mount, ready to hang (shown in photo)

-High quality, archival inks last a lifetime without fading.

-No need to frame, however, low profile will accommodate framing if desired. No need for glass as the glossy coating is thick and protective.

Other sizes and color changes upon request. 

Commissions for original paintings using your photos, or inspirations are welcome!