George Frederic WattsEve Repentant c.1865-97

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Artist
George Frederic Watts (1817‑1904)
Title
Eve Repentant
Date c.1865-97
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2591 x 1194 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1897
Reference
N01644
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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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