Eve by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865-1953). Source: The Studio

Standing, like a flower in her delicate flesh, amid the blooms of Eden, sheltered 'neath the Tree of Knowledge, with all the wonders of the rosy sunset gleaming in the peaceful waters, is Mr. Lévy-Dhurmer's Eve. Temptation lurks in all around. The blossoms at her feet cast their sweet scent upward; the butterflies flutter by, the blue lizards run through the grass. Everything teems with life, seduces and suggests; and there above her head, uncoiling his jewelled rings, the legendary serpent utters the tempting words. She is half smiling, and emotion trembles on her drooping eye-lids. In her all womenkind is seen! This is the work of a painter and poet at once, a real work of art, delicate and sincere, a work which must attract all those who look for something more in painting than a mere display of startling skill or virtuosity. — The Studio

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References

Moury, Gabriel. “A Dream Painter: M. L. Lévy-Dhurmer.” The Studio 10 (February 1897): 2-11. Internet Archive. Web. 28 February 2012.


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