The Paintings of Ivor John Powell

The vision of a border Welshman

Bowl of Vienna Charm Roses and Iceberg by Ivor Powell

61. Bowl of Vienna Charm Roses and Iceberg

19 x 4cm. Rowney canvas panel with new frame

NLW(PG 5905)

This, probably the second of three flower studies, was composed late in Ivor's life as a painter. The bowl, displayed on his sideboard, was probably a gift at a time when his loss of mobility had limited his ability to cultivate his own plants. Ivor wrote the title, with his signature, on the reverse of his composition. Like Dr. Johnson's Imlac, he was concerned in these late paintings more with the species than the individual. He was not trying 'to number the streaks of the tulip'. He seemed to want to share in the living energy of flowers as such. Their accidental character was now not so important to him.

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