Desmond Morris trained as a scientist extensively on zoological subjects. He became interested in art during the 1940s at Birmingham University where he met Conroy Maddox and other Surrealist artists.
This picture is composed of small abstract figures or microbes, which Morris called ‘biomorphs’. The ritual that they are performing is related to the sexual behavior of humans. Morris wrote that, as an artist, giving his ‘subjective fantasies full expression in paint’ enabled him to be ‘unrestrainedly and remorselessly objective in his scientific work’.