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Bomberg was rejected by the War Artists Advisory Committee. In 1942 he was commissioned to make a painting of a bombstore, but the resulting work was too imaginative. Between 1939 and 1944 he applied unsuccessfully for over three hundred teaching-posts hoping that he would find employment sympathetic to his work as an artist. 'Flowers' belongs to a group of paintings which helped Bomberg to overcome his frustration. His wife Lilian brought home flowers to cheer him up and suggested he paint them. He then bought flowers from the early morning market at Covent Garden. The flower pictures share the explosive energy of the bombstore subjects and indicate Bomberg's renewed interest in painting.

August 2004