This painting is one of a group of three paintings Watts called The Eve Trilogy that represent Eve’s ascension to life, her temptation and her grief after her downfall. The paintings were originally conceived as part of a vast epic scheme called The House of Life, but later took the form of three independent compositions. The painting shows Eve stricken with remorse leaning against a tree. The heavy flesh and downward lines of paintwork suggest the burden of sin and guilt.
Gallery label, November 2016
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