"I have at this moment a series of experimental drawings that I’m fairly pleased with…it’s like an impression and yet isn’t." —Paul Gauguin
This double-sided depiction of Eve in the Garden of Eden was made using a technique invented by Gauguin near the end of his life in French Polynesia. The double impression of the image reflects such dueling themes as good vs. evil and other complicated motifs associated with the fall of man. Is Eve confident or baleful? Shameful or assertive? And similarly ambiguous: the hooded rider may be inspired by a Parthenon frieze, or represent a darker death character.
Eve (‘The Nightmare’), 1899–1990, Paul Gauguin. Black printer’s ink, ochre ink, liquid solvent on wove paper (recto); graphite and blue crayon pencil with traces of diluted oil medium (verso). The J. Paul Getty Museum