“Noah’s Ark, 1846” by Edward Hicks is a religious piece emphasizing harmonious living and tolerance among all creatures. This Naïve artwork illustrates the Biblical story in which God commands Noah to build an ark to save himself and all animals from a devastating flood. A Quaker preacher, Hicks (1780 – 1849) painted to express his faith and to inspire others. The lion in this work is a self-portrait. Hicks depicted predators and prey side-by-side to illustrate the peaceful world envisioned by Quakers. One of Hicks' best-known works, this piece is displayed in Philadelphia’s Museum of Art.
One of America’s greatest folk artists, Edward Hicks (1780 – 1849) created sincere, charming works depicting an idealized world of pacifism and peace. Hicks was a Quaker preacher who often painted religious scenes to express his strong faith and to inspire others. Self-taught, he also earned a living by painting signs, carriages and furniture. Hicks created 100 versions of his famous “The Peaceable Kingdom” series, based on Isaiah’s Biblical prophesy—60 of the works still exist. Studied by today's scholars, Hicks’ work is displayed in numerous American museums.