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Eve Disconsolate

modeled 1855-1861 Hiram Powers Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873 plaster 74 x 20 x 22 in. (188.0 x 50.8 x 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase in memory of Ralph Cross Johnson 1968.155.6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 18A


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“I aimed at nobleness of form and womanly dignity of expression. She is forlorn, but does not quite despair, for she looks up imploringly. She accuses the serpent with one hand and herself most with the other. The serpent retires for Eve repents---she now resists evil.” Hiram Powers, 1871, in Chicago Times, 1876

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Eve Disconsolate was also known as “Paradise Lost” and “Eve after the Fall” and depicts Eve in the moment after she succumbs to temptation. Hiram Powers created this figure because he was not completely satisfied with his earlier statue Eve Tempted, which he felt did not adequately convey the “expression of bewilderment, distress, and remorse, which must have appeared on the face . . . of Eve.” Powers often created different versions of a statue for different clients, and the bust of Eve Disconsolate was modeled several years before the full-length statue was completed.

Keywords

Animal - reptile - snake

Religion - Old Testament - Eve

Religion - Old Testament - Genesis

State of being - evil - sin

Study - sculpture model

sculpture

plaster

About Hiram Powers

Born: Woodstock, Vermont 1805 Died: Florence, Italy 1873

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