Dreaming Leaps: Sonia Araquistain
Ithell Colquhoun (1945)
Painted to commemorate the suicide of the young daughter of the Spanish Ambassador to Britain, who had leapt naked from a Bayswater rooftop. At the inquest it was disclosed that she had 'dabbled' in Freudian psychoanalysis, which the coroner condemned. The subject is brilliantly conveyed by the use of the idea of 'pure, psychic automatism'.