This is a rare canvas from the last years of Hilton's life when he was generally too ill to work in oils, but produced large numbers of works in poster paint on paper depicting in brilliant colours and dynamic brushwork abstracted animal, landscape or human motifs. The suggestion here is of a male and a female figure. The male, on the right, appears to be sporting a large phallus. This painting shares the exuberance and vitality of colour and brushwork, the humour and imaginative freedom, common to Hilton's late work. The ambitious choice of medium for this time, the particular choice of motif and the vigour of its handling make it an exceptionally moving expression (reminiscent of the late work of Picasso of exactly the same period) of Hilton's continual affirmation of the forces of life in the face of his encroaching illness. His widow described this and related works as 'a spontaneous outpouring of a life's experience of painting'.
Simon Wilson, Tate Gallery: An Illustrated Companion, Tate Gallery, London, revised edition 1991, p.224