Duncan GrantHead of Eve 1913

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Artwork details

Artist
Duncan Grant (1885‑1978)
Title
Head of Eve
Date 1913
MediumOil paint on board
Dimensionssupport: 756 x 635 mm frame: 829 x 750 x 48 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
T03847
Not on display

Summary

Grant appears not to have exhibited Head of Eve when it was newly painted. The first time it was brought to public notice was as an illustration in Roger Fry's 1923 book on the artist. It is most likely a study for the artist's large canvas Adam and Eve. That work, exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery, London, in 1914, is now lost, and known only from an old photograph (reproduced Shone, pl.79). In the painting, Eve is naked, facing the viewer in a frontal position, with both forearms raised, hands outstretched, and the backs of her hands turned outward. She appears either to have very long hair or to be wearing a veil which is attached to the back of her head and which falls down her back… (read more)

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