Not long after this work was made, Nash wrote an essay entitled Aerial Flowers. In it he discussed his long fascination with flight, from the imagined flight of childhood dreams to actual experience in an aeroplane. He also described how his view of the sky changed with the threat of aerial bombing during the war. Rose of Death, his first picture of the war, was of a parachute. Perhaps this image of clouds metamorphosing into a white magnolia flower relates to the expected end of the war. As a symbol of a spiritual plane it recalls the imagery of Blake.
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