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Adam and Eve Leave Eden

1973 John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey Born: Phoebus, Virginia 1912 Died: Richmond, Virginia 1978 model airplane enamel on fiberboard 23 1/8 x 47 in. (58.7 x 119.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.107 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 22B


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Uncle Jack Dey created this brightly colored scene to show the moment when Adam and Eve were cast out from paradise. An angel flies down to greet the couple with an eviction notice, while their bleak future is spelled out in a note on the ground: Gravy train gone. Adam settled down. Work hard in the barren land . . . Dey copied the figures from a reproduction of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, but instead of showing a large, threatening snake as their tempter, he painted a small creature that hides in the grass. (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990) The artist filled the painting with stripes and dabs of pure color to evoke Eden's lush surroundings.

Keywords

Landscape

Religion - angel

Religion - Old Testament - Adam

Religion - Old Testament - Eve

painting

folk art

paint - enamel - testor's

fiberboard

About John William ("Uncle Jack") Dey

Born: Phoebus, Virginia 1912 Died: Richmond, Virginia 1978

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