Sketch for 'The creation of Eve' (variation 2)
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
The story of the Creation of Eve is told in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament. God created Eve, the first woman, from one of the ribs of the first man, Adam, to be his companion. Adam and Eve lived peacefully in the Garden of Eden until Eve tempted Adam to eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. As a consequence, God expelled both for their disobedience. The story of the creation of Eve is consistent with Gleeson's abiding interest in the transformation of forms.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 65.
Sketches for 'The creation of Adam', 'The creation of Eve', 'The temptation', 'The expulsion', Ingres Pad no. 5
charcoal on cream paper
30.3 x 47.7 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, charcoal "Gleeson/ 5.1.79".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1994
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 2 exhibitions
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
James Gleeson centenary: works from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–27 Jan 2016