Charles Mahoney (1903-1968):
Adam and Eve (Mahoney and Dunbar) dancing, circa 1934
Passe-partout (ref: 3164)
Ink on paper, 8 1/2 x 7 in. (21.5 x 18 cm.)
(11 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (29.5 x 26 cm.) framed)
Provenance: The Artist's Estate; Private collection
Mahoney’s first depiction of Adam and Eve appears to date to the beginning of his relationship with Evelyn Dunbar in the mid 1930s; references to “Charlie and Eve” occur in their correspondence. The idea of the Garden of Eden encapsulated the feelings of both about plants and nature, a passion nourished by frequent trips to Kew Gardens. Mahoney delighted in depicting different points in the narrative (The Garden, The Temptation, The Expulsion) and the subject remained a recurrent theme right through to his last decorative panel, The Muses, in which elements of his vision of paradise gardens combine to form a remarkable panorama (see cat. no. 129).