Surrealist figure signed and dated 'Colin M.1938' (lower left) pencil 21 x 29 cm. (8 1/4 x 11 3/8 in.)
This delightful drawing, a remarkable piece of draughtsmanship, was executed at the pinnacle of the Surrealist movement. Middleton practised a variety of modernist styles, but was fundamentally a Surrealist in vision and art. Dickon Hall comments, 'There is no single manner that dominates Middleton's surrealist paintings, but there are hallmarks that run through much of this work. Visually it is immediately reminiscent of mainstream European surrealist painting of the pre-war era, but in its content and consistency it comes closer at times to a highly personal and passionate symbolism' (Colin Middleton: A Study, 2001, p.18).
The use of the female archetype in the landscape is a constant in his works. Two of his Dali-like oil paintings from the same period, The Bride (1938) and Paysage des Rêves Mauvais (1940), exquisitely demonstrate this. In both paintings, the female figure is firmly related to the earth, dominating the landscape. The sensuous flow of clothing and extensions is typical of the style. The present work contains all these elements, reiterating the artist's fascination with the surreal female form.