The sculpture of Adam and Eve, whose motif offered endless possibilities for the treatment of the nude, was created in 1899 by Alojzij Repič, the foremost representative of academic realism in Slovenia, on completing his specialisation under Professor Carl Kundmann at the Vienna Academy. The small sculpture depicts two figures sitting on a rock, their bodies intertwined and seeking solace in each other. Adam is protective and pensive, while Eve huddles in his lap with an expression of despair and horror. The triangular composition conforms to all the requirements of classicism.
The motif of this academic realist work allowed Repič to expand on the design of the human body, devoting himself to anatomical detail. With the exception of sculptures created after the first quarter of the 20th century, Repič’s work remained at the level of academic realist studies, which he faithfully passed on to his students.