(Australia, England, France 29 Apr 1875 – 28 May 1963)
28.0 x 20.5 cm blockmark; 33.3 x 24.8 cm sheet [creased at top]
In 1913 Preston declared that 'Decorative work' was the 'only thing worth aiming for'. In pursuit of this aim in which abstract relationships were all-important, she arranged the flowers so that they radiate to create a strong design. Both Preston and Proctor advocated the display of wood and lino cuts in the modern home. Each copy of the book 'Margaret Preston: recent paintings', edited by Sydney Ure Smith and
published by Art in Australia in 1929, was accompanied by a woodcut of either this image or of 'Mosman bridge' c. 1927 for that purpose.
Roger Arthur Butler, The prints of Margaret Preston: a catalogue raisonné, Canberra, 2005, 152, 153 (colour illus.). cat.no. 137
Helen Campbell, Colour, rhythm, design: wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, 'Introduction', pg. 2, Sydney, 2010, 11 (colour illus.).
Katrina Cashman., Margaret Preston in Mosman, 'Margaret Preston in Mosman', Mosman, 2002, (colour illus.). not paginated; no catalogue numbers
Sydney Ure Smith, Margaret Preston: recent paintings, 1929, Sydney, 1929, (colour illus.). plate no. 6; titled 'Jug of flowers'
Australian Collection Focus: Colour, Rhythm, Design - wood & lino cuts of the 20s & 30s, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Mar 2010–11 Jul 2010