Period: The return to England

Roses in a green vase Roses in a green vase
painted in London, c. 1936
oil on cardboard 34 x 28 cm
not signed, not dated
private collection

I was never happy in London. Since I was not allowed to paint ornamental flesh in the way that I wanted, I began to dream of painting flowers . . . What perfect sitters they made! They could be woven into the patterns that I loved, and the trembling perfection of their petals held a life scarcely less vital than the flesh and bones of my usual human subjects.