William Strang
The Temptation 1899

Artwork details

William Strang 1859–1921
The Temptation
Date 1899
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Frame: 1373 x 1513 mm
support: 1220 x 1372 x 24 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

Display caption

This is the first in a series of ten paintings on the biblical story of Adam and Eve. They were commissioned by the brewer Laurence Hodson as a frieze for his library at Compton Hall, near Wolverhampton. The bold designs show William Strang’s admiration for the French Symbolist artist Puvis de Chavannes, and also the German painter Hans Thoma. The Eve cycle in turn influenced other British artists. It was much admired when it was first exhibited, particularly by the artist Walter Sickert and by the younger generation of London art students.

July 2007