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One of a large number of flower paintings made after Epstein was asked to paint some flowers by a firm of Dutch art dealers. As with his many watercolours of Epping Forest made around 1933 (see also 'Epping Forest' in this display), Epstein's enthusiasm ran away with him. He later wrote in his autobiography 'Let There be Sculpture', 'I said I would paint twenty, in the end I painted sixty. Not content with this, I went on painting, giving up sculpture for the time being, and painted three hundred more. I lived and painted flowers. My rooms were piled with flowers, and this was a wonderful and colourful period'.

August 2004