Sunrise by the Ocean

  • In the myths of many nations, the creation of the world starts with a cosmic egg being laid by a gigantic bird into a shapeless ancient ocean.
  • The egg breaks into two halves from which the sky and the earth emerge. The yolk gives birth to the sun and life begins.
  • Polynesian mythology has the Hawaiian Islands appearing from one such egg.

The broken egg is the key feature of this painting. It symbolizes the beginning of the world – the Big Bang moment – when time began.

The new-born sun has not yet acquired its final shape and, rising above the ocean, is still fluid, hot primary matter.

In the foreground there is another story. Man and fish appear in the barren landscape. The presence of the fisherman is, in turn, symbolic and can be connected to Jesus Christ, who called Himself a fisherman – the "fisher of men."