Adam and Eve, Max Beckmann
Max Beckmann
Adam and Eve
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Max Beckmann

Adam and Eve, 1936 (1979)


Dimensions
84.5 x 33.3 cm
diameter
36.8 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
DBP003
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On loan

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About the Work

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.

Audio

  • 01:00
    Basic information
  • 01:33
    Focus on cultural history
  • 01:37
    Focus on religion

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Adam and Eve
Sculptor
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 2
  • Bibel, Altes Testament, Genesis 3

Iconclass

Primary
  • 71A42 Temptation and Fall (scenes with both Adam and Eve)
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 41D9 (showing oneself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 25F42 snakes

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31.01.2019