The serpent brought disaster upon humankind. Here, it peers over Adam’s shoulder, its body looped around his. The biblical progenitor appears to sense the impending conflict. He holds tiny Eve protectively in his hand, while she crouches against his chest as though she has only just come forth from his rib. The Fall of Man is a recurring theme in Beckmann’s oeuvre. He considered the expulsion from paradise to be the root of the struggle between the sexes and man’s enduring misery.