Morris admired the work of the Italian artist and writer Giorgio de Chirico, and this painting features many of the common elements of de Chirico’s earlier paintings: croissants, steep surfaces and intense side-lighting. Both artists held solo exhibitions at the Casa d'Arte Bragaglia, Rome; de Chirico in 1919, and Morris four years later in 1922.
Sir Cedric Morris
Patisseries and a Croissant
Original: Oil paint on canvas 35.9 x 32.7 cm © The estate of Sir Cedric Morris
Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris, 9th Baronet (11 December 1889 – 8 February 1982) was a British artist, educator and horticulturalist. Born in Swansea, South Wales, Morris worked in London, Paris, Cornwall and Suffolk, where he and his partner Arthur Lett-Haines founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. The school had many notable students, including Maggi Hambling and Lucian Freud. As an artist he is best known for his portraits, flower paintings and landscapes.