Charles Mahoney

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

exhibited 1936

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 914 x 762 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1942
Reference
N05323

Display caption

The Garden of Eden is here reinstated as a horticultural fantasy, defined by its relationship with an unseen domestic interior.  Mahoney's image of perfection glimpsed from a window was created in the mid-1930s, when the idea of the garden was actually an accomplice of suburbanisation.

Gallery label, May 2003

Catalogue entry

N05323 ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN c. 1936

Not inscribed.
Oil on canvas, 36×30 (91·5×76·5).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1942.
Coll: C.A.S., 1941.
Exh: N.E.A.C., 1936 (199), as ‘Adam and Eve’.
Lit: Herbert Furst, ‘Standards of Criticism’ in Apollo, XXXVI, 1942, p.15, repr. p.16.
Repr: Studio, CXXIV, 1942, p.12.

Hitherto catalogued as ‘The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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