Sir Thomas Brock

Eve

1900

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Marble
Dimensions
Object: 1750 x 490 x 430 mm, 225 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1900
Reference
N01784

Display caption

Brock exhibited this life-size female nude as a plaster cast at the Royal Academy in 1898. He completed the marble in the following year, and showed it at the Paris Universal Exhibition. Critics praised its combination of naturalism and spiritualism, as well as its subtlety in modelling and expression of feeling. Unusually, Eve is not presented as a sensual temptress. Instead she is shown as thoughtful, her head bowed and her left arm placed protectively across her chest, as if in shame.

Gallery label, February 2016