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Vase of Flowers is characteristic of Caulfield’s paintings of the early 1960s.  Flat images of objects are paired with angular geometric shapes, isolated against vivid areas of flat colour.

The painting shows Caulfield’s use of gloss paint on board and his hard, linear technique.  His preference for cheap and readily available house paint, applied to a flat surface, recalls the anonymous technique of the sign painter, dispensing with visible brushstrokes and unnecessary detail.

September 2004