George Frederic Watts

Adam and Eve before the Temptation (Naked and not Ashamed)

1896
During the 1890s George Frederic Watts became an important figure in the international Symbolist movement. His themes tended towards the spiritual, and he considered himself a painter of ideas rather than subjects. This painting was one of a pair depicting scenes before and after the Fall. The lilies seen in the foreground are a symbol of purity, while the birds in the trees above and in Eve’s hand traditionally represent the soul or the immaterial.
Title
Adam and Eve before the Temptation (Naked and not Ashamed)
Date
1896
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
65.3 x 38.3 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Gift of the Dennis T. Lanigan Collection, 2000
Accession number
40602