George Frederic Watts
Eve Tempted exhibited 1884

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Eve Tempted
Date Exhibited 1884
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2578 x 1168 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1897
Not on display

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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.

July 2007

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