'The Lovers', James Herbert McNair

Two naked figures embrace with various figures in the background

Pencil and watercolour
s. and d.b.l.: 'J. HERBERT McNAIR 1893'
46.0 x 37.0 (18 1/8 x 14 5/8) (sight)
Donald and Eleanor Taffner, New York

This is a complex work. It may be read as a celebration of physical love.

It may also depict the Christian subjects of the Creation of Eve, a guardian angel at left, and temptation emerging at bottom left.

The figures at top right may be personifications of the wind and the moon.