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.
Jug of flowers
woodcut, printed in black ink, hand coloured in gouache on thin cream laid Japanese paper
from an edition of 125?, hand coloured
28.0 x 20.5 cm blockmark; 33.3 x 24.8 cm sheet [creased at top]
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath blockmark, pencil "Margaret Preston". Not dated.
Not on display
© Margaret Rose Preston Estate
Shown in 1 exhibition
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
Referenced in 4 publications
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'