The Body of Abel Found by Adam and Eve
Genre: Watercolor on wood
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Feb-27-1998
- Last revised: Mar-08-1998
Blake's vigorous imagination is seen in this painting where he shows Adam and Eve discovering Abel's body as Cain prepares to bury it. Adam and Eve are kneeling in horror next to Abel's white and rigid body. Adam looks with shock at Cain, who runs away, tearing at his hair. Eve throws herself over Abel's body in a gesture of extreme grief. Her arms form a circle as she bends over Abel with her head thrown down and her hair falling in waves over his body. Although posed and awkward, Adam and Eve's gestures effectively express their emotions. The newly-dug, dark long horizontal grave, emphasized by the shovel laying parallel to it in the foreground, creates a deep gash that separates the fleeing son from his parents.
Painted in 1825, this tempera is a later version of a watercolor shown in Blake?s exhibition of 1809.
Tate Gallery, London