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
Not on display

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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 strong contours and pale colours give the scene a modern and a dream-like quality. The Eve cycle was admired by the artist Walter Sickert and by the younger generation of London art students.

February 2016