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An impression of darting, fluid movement is suggested by this work. Hayter was influenced by Surrealism and the idea of allowing images to rise from the unconscious part of the mind. He was also an experienced sailor, and this painting reflects his fascination with movement in water. 'The trajectory of movement is more clearly defined in water' he said; 'I can follow the laws of space better in the substance of water which is dense and at the same time fluid.'

August 2004