The Tenth Hour

64”X48” oil on canvas 1990

The central portion of this painting depicts a still life of autumn leaves surrounding a citron which some sages suggested was the original forbidden fruit. The citron plays a central role in the Jewish harvest festival of Succos, which takes place in the autumn of every year.

In the upper lunette, Adam and Eve are seen hiding from God among the trees of the garden. They have just eaten of the forbidden fruit and they are wearing garments.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized that they were naked; and they sewed together a fig leaf and made themselves aprons.”

The commentators say that Adam and Eve sinned at the tenth hour towards evening of the one day that they had in Eden. The Garden is shown in its closing hours, as if it were autumn in paradise.

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