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Human nature is originally good. Any evil in it results from the changes made upon it by external things. Of man's first disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste brought death into the world for all our woe. --Lu Wang (1139-1192), Chinese Philosopher and John Milton's Paradise Lost. From the series Great Ideas.

1960 Jacob Landau Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1917 watercolor on paperboard mounted on board sheet: 17 5/8 x 22 1/8 in. (44.7 x 56.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.168 Not currently on view



Animal - reptile - snake


State of being - evil - temptation


paint - watercolor


About Jacob Landau

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1917

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