"...And He Did Eat" from the Genesis Portfolio is a reproduction giclée print. It is based after a lithograph originally done by Abel Pann. The work represents the moment in Genesis in which Eve persuades Adam to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. Pann said that he wished to present the Bible's characters as "possessing the passions of human beings...with their virtues and vices, loves and hatreds." In this image, a naked Eve and Adam lie on the ground in Paradise, underneath a tree heavily laden with fruit. Eve stretches toward Adam exposing her nudity, proffering a piece of fruit to a reluctant Adam who casts his gaze toward the ground. As in many of his Biblical depictions of women, Pann represents Eve as a femme fatale.
Giclée Size: 16 3/4" x 12 1/4"
Frame Size: 28 3/8" x 21 7/8"
Abel Pann (born Abba Pfeffermann) was born in 1883 in Kreslawka or Lativa, the son of a rabbi. He studied fundamentals of drawing for three months under painter Yehuda Pen of Vitebsk, who also taught Marc Chagall and Ossip Zadkine. In 1898, Pann was accepted into the Academy of Fine Arts in Odessa. In 1903, the artist moved to Paris to study at the Academie Julian. There, his work included depictions of Jewish daily life, genre paintings, and sketches and caricatures that were critiques of contemporary society. In 1913, Pann taught at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem. The artist was in Europe during World War I and returned to Jerusalem in 1920, resuming teaching at Bezalel. Pann formed the Palestine Art Publishing company and printed albums of Biblical illustrations. He was part of a movement of contemporary Jewish artists interested in representing Biblical scenes, along with Ephraim Moses Lilien and Ze'ev Raban. All three artists were influenced by Art Nouveau and the Symbolist movement. In 1924, Pann resigned from teaching to devote himself full-time to lithography. His lithographs were very successful and reproductions were displayed in many Jewish homes.