"VASE OF FLOWERS"


Pot Of Gold

Most of Clarks flower studies are shown growing in a garden or on the landscape. Very few flowers are depicted in a vase or pot. The example to left is titled "Pot Of Gold". This painting was done in 1942. Clarks color pallet hadn't opened up to brighter colors, as it would later in the 1950's. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

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"Desert Flower" is an example of how Clark depicted still life floral studies in a landscape. He did numerous studies using gardens and or landscapes as background environments for floral still life paintings. Clark made all of his piants and put them in tubes. He never bought manufactured oil paints.


Desert Flower

Clark had the following statement to make about his flora still life studies:

"I attempt to use Fauna and Flora in an environment to create the essence of some visual spiritual values of the universe. My search took on a single purpose in the garden on earth for the heritage and dignity of African people. As we seek to know ourselves, we're ready to help others. Early on I was convinced that a creative spirit must soar beyond the compartments of religion and politics. Such freedom has enabled me in celebration of creativity to learn and to know that through the roots of African Art, I learned the source of most Western Art."


Growing Dahlias

During the 1950's Clark began using cadmium colors. This picture of "Growing Dahlias" (done spring/summer of 1953) shows dahlias growing in a garden. The title fits because the dahlia's roots are free from the confinements of a pot. These growing dahlias are rooted in the earth. PRESS THIS BUTTON TO RETURN TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE

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