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Mednikoff was a painter associated with the British Surrealist group, who worked in close collaboration with the psychoanalyst Grace Pailthorpe. Both of them would paint, and then conduct a Freudian analysis of each other’s work, a process described by Pailthorpe in her 1938 article ‘The Scientific Aspect of Surrealism’. Mednikoff inscribed the back of this drawing: ‘eyes, eyes, eyes and arrows. The same need to see + attack + possess with the eyes. Wanting to see things - my insatiable curiosity.’ Forbidden, sexually charged vision emerged as an obsession, whose violence Mednikoff channeled through his drawings.

July 2011