ithell colquhoun magician born of nature
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foam flower

                               c. 1948

Watercolour and ink. 11¾ x 17¼in. (30.3 x 42.2cm.) (ss) Provenance NT. Exhibited London, Mayor Gallery, 1947, (drawings), no. 20. Dublin, National College of Art, 1948, no. 103. A decalcomania. Although the artist may have been thinking of the botanical plant, coolwort, this work can most easily be read as the foam that forms on breaking waves. In style the work has much in common with the Santa Warna series, all of which have a maritime theme. The stains of colour have been given more definite form by being outlined with a fine-nibbed pen. The decalcomania counterpart is with the NT.