The Creation of Eve

64”x90” oil on canvas/wood 1991

In this four-panel painting, the central canvas shows flowers and tree branches symbolizing the Garden of Eden. The image refers to a Midrash which says that the branches of the trees of Eden reached to heaven.

On the side lunettes, two trees are shown. These trees which stood in the center of The Garden of Eden: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Bad and the Tree of Life, represent our most central human desire - to know and to live. But they also represent our most profound disappointment - our inability to know everything and to defeat death.

The top lunette shows Adam and Eve, as originally one creature, being separated by God into male and female. This is the version found in Genesis, chapter one. It is a version in which Adam and Eve are created simultaneously and equally, retaining the element of mutuality that all partnerships strive for. The writings tell us that God knew that only by creating Adam and Eve as one could there be peace between people. 
In contrast, the later story of the creation of Eve from Adam's rib in Genesis two, portrays Eve as an auxiliary to Adam.

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