L'Eden by Lucien LÚvy-Dhurmer (1865-1953). c. 1899. Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL.]

In this triptych's interpretation of the Fall typical of the Decadents, the woman and man disobey God and will be punished by exile from the earthly paradise, not from pride, wanting to be as Gods, or thirst for power and knowledge — but from . . . boredom. Milton as interpreted by Baudelaire. The left wing bears the title Emoi [Excitement], the middle Passion, and the right Regrets.

Larger images of each part of the triptych


The Studio. 17 (1899): 15.

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