Adam and Eve is arguably a fictitious story about the beginning of man. This story has captured the imagination of artists through time in memory. Some of these images are simply the celebration of the human body, while others are about story telling. There are also many art of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that have humor.
To me Adam and Eve is symbolic of many things. I paint Eve with the apple to symbolize beauty and the seduction of temptation.
Here is a collection of famous Adam and Eve paintings in History (not in chronological order, of course).
With time, Eve begins to look more beautiful and Adam begins to look less resistance. There is a shift of power, perhaps because of change in the attitudes of society in civilized cultures.
Love them or hate them, Adam and Eve is art. It is mostly likely fiction made up by centuries-old efforts to understand what life is all about. This story is also used to place blame on women while imposing male superiority. Art is a lie that brings us closer to the truth. Art does not provide the answer. Art is but a reflection of human perception and questioning. Art is questions un-answered. To believe in fiction or fictional art is like reading propaganda or stories made up by others. Are they truths? No. Truth is elusive. It found within.
As for the legend of Adam and Eve, everything is symbolic. Who has greater power the tempter or the tempted? Who is more superior? The tempter or the tempted? Which is really the stronger sex?
Hand painted reproduction – 32 x 29 inches / 81 x 74 CM – Jury Annenkov – Adam and Eve
Oil on canvas – 15 x 24 inches / 38 x 61 CM – Paul Gauguin – Adam and Eve
Hand painted reproduction – 23 x 32 inches / 58 x 81 CM – Max Beckmann – Adam and Eve
Hand painted reproduction – 25 x 32 inches / 64 x 81 CM – Suzanne Valadon – Adam and Eve
Hand painted reproduction – 25 x 32 inches / 64 x 81 CM – Emile Bernard – Adam and Eve
Hand painted reproduction – 12 x 24 inches / 30 x 61 CM – Erte (Romain De Tirtoff) – Adam and Eve