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Craxton first became known for his dreamy, symbolic images painted when he was associated with the Neo-Romantic movement, which sought to combine the poetic traditions of English landscape with the innovations of Modernism. After sharing a studio with Lucian Freud and working with Graham Sutherland in the early 1940s, he visited Greece in 1946 and fell in love with the country. He settled in Crete in 1960 and started making pictures that embody a Mediterranean view of life. Here, the marauding cat and child blend with the other creatures on the table, suggesting the interconnection of all living things.

August 2004