George Frederic Watts

Eve Tempted

exhibited 1884

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 2578 x 1168 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1897
Reference
N01643

Display caption

Watts called these three paintings The Eve Trilogy. They represent Eve’s ascension to life, her temptation and her grief after her downfall. In her temptation she is shown greedily entwined with the apple tree. The dissolving forms of the central work correspond to the idea of Eve rising up in an explosion of light and colour. By contrast, the heaviness of flesh in the final work suggests her burden of sin and guilt.

Gallery label, July 2007

Video

George Frederic Watts - The Eve Trilogy

Tate curator of 19th century British art, Alison Smith, talks about five George Frederic Watts works in the Tate Collection

Explore