In the 1920s, when the first version of this sculpture was made, Schwitters was exploring ways of combining geometric forms with more fluid, organic shapes. The sculpture twists upwards, suggesting the 'half spiral' that he identified as 'the most important of my forms'. This replica was made to stand as Schwitters' gravestone in Ambleside, in the Lake District, but the local vicar refused to have it erected. The title is a piece of wordplay. It identifies a favourite flower, but also one who 'does not live to enjoy the autumn of his days.'
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