Flannel flowers are one of my favourite flowers.
Margaret Preston seemed to liked them too as she painted quite a few still lives featuring them. Or maybe she just liked their simplicity as a decorative device?
In this painting Preston again popped in a geometric motif – the patterned table-cloth.
Along with the patterning, the spiky forms silhouetted in the background show a Japanese style composition.
And the restricted palette points to changes ahead in Preston’s work.
| Margaret Preston, Flannel flowers, 1924 |
Muriel Enderby wrote this lovely little poem about Flannel flowers in 1936:
Coy, creamy, velvet blossoms growing
On sandstone steeps, the sea wind blowing
The shadowless sky an exquisite blue,
Flannel flowers, gentle, changeless, and true:
Here, by a turquoise sea, where soft lights play
Through the swaying trees, and a myriad leaves
Move drowsily, the wonder of thy charm,
Cream tinted, fragile bloom, thy dower
Of innocence enthralls me; dainty flannel flower!