Carles’s late still life paintings are some of his most important and extraordinary works. In Autumn Bouquet, Carles has abandoned his earlier, more traditional treatment of form. The flowers are not rooted in space, rather they hover in mid-air like independent beings. Moreover, the shapes of the flowers are simplified and abstracted. Many of the blossoms appear as mere orbs of color, somewhat reminiscent of the work of French symbolist painter, Odilon Redon.This workis one of Carles’s most remarkable still lifes, and in fact, the artist believed that it was among his best.
Carles still life paintings were some of his most groundbreaking and significant works. His masterful use of color and his complex abstractions laid the groundwork for such later artists as the Abstract Expressionists. Indeed, many of them counted Carles as an important influence. The value of his paintings has not yet caught up with his importance in the history of American modern art, making works like this one an incredible buying opportunity. We believe that in the years to come Carles will get his due as one of the great American modernists.