Then lie there, Precious White Psychiatrist

SAM HAILE (1909-1948) Biography
SURREALISM (founded c.1924) Biography

Then lie there, Precious White Psychiatrist (United Kingdom, 1938)

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated Haile VII 38; inscribed with title on the stretcher


102.00cm high
76.00cm wide
(40.16 inches high)
(29.92 inches wide)
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Purchased from the artist c.1947
Private collection to 1994

Exhibition History

Aldeburgh Festival Exhibition, Peter Pears Gallery, 9 -24 June 2006, catalogue number 18

Description / Expertise

The pencil drawing for this painting, from the collection of Marianne Haile, was exhibited: London, Birch and Conran, Sam Haile, October - November 1987, number 14, illustrated in the catalogue.

The vibrant, flowerlike colours of Sam Haile's masterpiece Then Lie There, Precious White Psychiatrist are not a contradiction to the morbid atmosphere of decay and violence of the imagery, but an expression of the artist's attitude towards it. Sam Haile fought with lucidity and determination to express his views on the whole of the aesthetic, social and political reality.

Driven by his own questionings, Sam Haile set out to fragment explore the surrealist world of the subconscious. Like his hand-written notes, which determinably question the definitions of art, his fragmentation of reality in Then Lie There, Precious White Psychiatrist challenges reality, throwing the world as we know it into disarray.