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Give Me to Drink (1949)


During the late 1940s, Middleton painted a number of works with Biblical themes, of which this is a prime example. Executed with an Expressionist use of colour and brushwork - note the vivid tones and energetic strokes of paint - the picture shows Jesus and the Samaritan woman in conversation at the well. The exaggeratedly Semetic appearance of the figures reflects Middleton's deep concern at this time for the Holocaust and the plight of Jewish refugees in Europe.