The creation of Eve
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.
charcoal, pastel, watercolour
49.8 x 69.8 cm image; 56.2 x 76.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "GLEESON 13.1.80".
Gift of Lou Klepac 1993
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
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
Referenced in 3 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 66 (colour illus., detail), 67 (colour illus.). cat.no. 23b
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 125 (illus.). cat.no. 122
Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Gallery 2003 highlights', pg. 13, Sydney, Nov 2002, 13 (colour illus.).