In this exquisite artwork, Dalí illustrates the dramatic moment in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, two classical figures in Greek and Roman style, were the first man and woman, forming part of the Bible story. Adam raises his hand in indecision, as Eve entices him to eat the apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The image of the snake is coiled into the shape of a heart, a playful surrealist touch, juxtaposing the evil element represented by the snake and the heart shape that he creates, representing human love.
Dalí studied theology and had an uncertain relationship with Catholicism throughout his life. Dalí’s mother was a stout catholic, his father an atheist. After much exploration, Dalí never fully succeeded in abandoning his childhood faith.
Date: conceived in 1968, first cast in 1984
Technique: lost wax process
Edition size : 350 + 35 EA
Height : 52 cm
Edition : patina green/black
Maquette: original gouache, Adam and Eve, 1968
Direct intervention (created by Dalí): the idea, image, and original maquette
Indirect intervention (created by artisans): lost wax process and patina