Thomas Samuel Haile denounced the aggressive social and political forces in 1930s Europe. Haile was deeply angered by contemporary politics and in particular imperialism, which was sweeping over the continent. He spoke out through a lifetime of deeply disturbing and violent paintings and writings against the Fascism which was spreading throughout Europe and the empires of the Western capitalist states, whose overseas dominions had expanded after the First World War.
Like the duplicitous symbolism of Hieronymus Bosch, the meanings of Sam Haile’s own symbols seesaw precariously between the obvious and the unobtainable. His wife Marianne believes his allegories should be accepted without question. In her essay for an October-Novermber 1987 exhibition catalogue, she comments that by the late thirties, her husband’s work had become: more personal and more mysterious. It filled an inner need and was of the utmost importance. He did not wish to discuss it; one either accepted it or one did not.
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