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In 1948 Bloch visited America, where he found in the western and southern states a light and a climate similar to the Mediterranean. For a brief period he taught at the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. The high-keyed colour in this work, in particular the juxtaposition of blue and orange, reflects Bloch's aim to use colour to represent the light and space of nature. In 'Thoughts on Art Education' Bloch wrote, 'The optical colours observed in nature [the pupil] has to translate into the language of pigments. The beginner must recognise the importance of that beauty which is the outcome of understanding and loving the artist's craft'.

October 1995