Paradise lost

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 03 2019

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Category: Europe, Switzerland

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Focal Length:18.1mm
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As two light shadows, that’s how Bokor lets them disappear in his beautiful painting ‘Expulsion from Paradise’. The shadows are merging with the landscape: they can only just be distinguished from the surrounding nature. Their undefined form fits the pristine, natural state of Adam and Eve at this early phase in the genesis of man. In that case we may interpret their shadows as not merely an act of disappearing – from paradise -, but as an attempt of man to break away from nature and evolve towards an autonomous form.

There they are then, the descendants of Adam and Eve, at the right of the painting, a glass of wine and a bite in their hands. Paradise regained?

Photo of the week: Miklos Bokor (1927), Chassés de l’Eden 2009 (oil on canvas, 200×200 cm), Geneva Art Fair 2015, Switzerland 2015

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