Watts often incorporated Biblical themes into his art, and in 1868 he began a series of three images to tell the story of Eve, the first woman whose weakness, according to theology, brings sin, sexual shame and death to humanity. Watts’s version depicts Eve’s creation (She Shall Be Called Woman, 1875-92, Tate) as well as her temptation (Eve Tempted, 1868) and repentance (Eve Repentant, 1868-1903) using glorious colours though he does not show her expulsion from Paradise. Instead Eve remains there alone, longing to return to her innocent and peaceful beginning.
See Watts’s most beautiful and colourful paintings in our summer blockbuster exhibition G F Watts: England’s Michelangelo from 20 June.
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