NATOIRE, Charles-Joseph
(b. 1700, Nimes, d. 1777, Castel Gandolfo)

The Expulsion from Paradise

1740
Oil on copper, 68 x 50 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This picture must have been intended by Natoire as a tribute to François Lemoyne. It was a pendant to a painting by Lemoyne, depicting Adam receiving the forbidden fruit from Eve in the Garden of Eden (private collection). Around 1721, both Natoire and Lemoyne were in the studio of the academician Lemoyne.