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There are fewer than 10 still lifes in Konrad Mägi oeuvre, all of them painted in his Tartu period in the mid-1910s. They always focus on not manmade objects but plants: a bouquet brimming with blossoms, often with an ornamental tablecloth in the background. Lilacs make up a separate series – white, blue and violet blossoms in extremely bouffant clusters. On this painting, rowan-tree branches are woven into the lilacs and the style is much more understated. Mägi did not use colours lavishly but exactingly: the violet and white blossoms go well with the green boughs and bright red tablecloth.
The still life was painted over an earlier work – probably a landscape. The work bears a signature in an unusual configuration – both in the bottom right and left corners – but like most Mägi paintings, there is no date. We can suppose that it was painted in the 1917–1920 period, when Mägi painted lilac branches a number of times.
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