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Woman and Suspended Man

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Surreal figure composition of a large, pale grey female head on the left, with frontal eyes and side profile; small half male torso to the right with legs and hips depicted, with two large eyes suspended from a thin, jagged horizontal line above. This line, and the one mirroring it above, could be understood as a horizon line or a silhouetted line of a mountinous region. This lower torso is positioned within a grey rectangle from which emerges a large abstracted pointing arm with a bulbous wrist in white, reaching towards and piercing a rectangle of dark grey. There is a small, free-floating single leg in the background between the two main figurative motifs. The background is depicted in flat grey.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 53 x W 79 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mrs Marianne Haile, 1968

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Inscription description

Signed: brc: 9. ii 39


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