It is thought that this painting of deep blue potted flowers may have been painted at John’s home in Martigues, Provence. John fell in love with this little town in the South of France in 1910, feeling that it was the realisation of his dream of Provence. Unfortunately, in the year that this work is thought to have been painted, John sold his home there, feeling the town changed from when he first found it.
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 76.2 x 68.6 cm Tate. Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940 © Estate of Augustus John / Bridgeman Images
Augustus John was born January 1878 in Tenby, Wales. He studied at the Slade School from 1894 to 1898 where he won a scholarship and the Summer Composition Prize. After leaving school he travelled extensively around Europe, the UK and Ireland, where he painted whilst camping with gipsies and worked with Innes and Derwent Lees. His works were exhibited all over London and the rest of the UK and in later years across the USA.