Adam and Eve
Monotype relief on Paper
Black, Blue Brown, Grey, Gree, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Building Service, U.S. General Services Administration; commissioned through the New Deal art projects. Allocated to Indiana State University in 1943.
Virginia Kaar created this colored scene to show the moment when Adam and Eve are being warned by an angel to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The angel with a triangular shape and yellow wings flies above Adam and Eve, while an orange serpent on the ground is approaching Eve. The bodies of Adam and Eve, along with the tree, are also illustrated by a triangular shape to add a sense of visual unity and add focus to the composition of the painting. This strength through unity belies the conflict about to happen. The emphasis here is not on the Fall or on Sin or separation, it is on a connectedness of all things, an accord furthered by the repeated use of the trangle. Here Kaar uses the language of art, through an abstraction to the basic formal elements, to unite that which is spiritual, religious. This theme of unity also relates to the expression of solidarity found throughout much of society at the time, epitomized in the art world through programs such as the WPA, under which this work was produced. What Kaar could not have realised at the time, however, was the relevant foreshadowing the illustrated story has, that dispite the sense and empasis oby some of the time in the solidarity of humanity, there was and would remain racial segrigation, forced incarceration and sterillization of LGBTQ+ and the (dis)abbled and the world, at the time, was itself on the precipise of a Fall into The Holocaust, nuclear weapons, the Cold War, and human-induced climate change.
Provided by Indiana State University Library