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Archive > Robina Smith, Pirum Informibus

Exhibition runs from 6pm 24 July – 3pm 6 August 2015.

Did Eve really give Adam an apple, or was it more likely a pear? In cultures past, the pear has symbolised both physical and spiritual nourishment, long life, fertility and female sensuality. This exhibition takes the humble pear as a metaphor for the beauty of the female form. In these paintings, both the fruit and the female form is accentuated and celebrated, with pears being variously held, caressed, idolised, and worn proudly as a crown. Seen in the background of these paintings is a Pear Flock wallpaper design, hung in Queen Victoria’s drawing room at Hampton Court in London and dating back to 1735.