Woman and Suspended Man

Samuel Haile, 1909 - 1948

Woman and Suspended Man

Samuel Haile 1909 - 1948


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.

Display Label

Gallery text panel Tradition and Experiment Early Twentieth-Century Art 1900 - 1939. In Britain, the beginning of the 20th century coincided with the end of the Victorian age. Artists and designers experimented, challenging traditional ways of seeing and making; now trying to create a new art for a modern era. In painting, it was often traditional subject matter such as portraits, landscapes and interiors that would be tackled in new ways. The bustle and the brutality of urban life was an inspiration or something to escape from. Boundaries became increasingly blurred between design and decoration, painting and making and individual expression replaced academic authority. Art was made to be affordable and at a scale that would fit into ordinary homes. Some called the celebration of the modern into question after the horrors of the First World War. Traditional imagery was simplified or became childlike and slowly broke down into fragmented visions. Dream and chance tapped into subconscious anxieties and in 1939, world war intervened once again.

Object Name

Woman and Suspended Man

Creators Name

Samuel Haile

Date Created



Canvas: 79cm x 53cm

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Oil Paint


Gift of Mrs Marianne Haile


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