The subject of figures in an orchard picking fruit, or in a landscape reaching up to branches, occurs frequently in Vaughan’s painting at this time, (see Figures Climbing Trees, 1946, Figure Beneath a Tree Branch, 1947, Man Gathering Fruit, 1948 and Water Trees and Figures, 1948). He worked on the land as a non-combatant for the duration of the war, Vaughan was interested in the themes of man linked to his environment, the changing seasons and farmers harvesting produce.
Having been cut off from artistic developments on the continent during the war, like all British painters Vaughan visited the Picasso/Matisse exhibition at the Victoria and Albert in 1945. We can see the effect Matisse’s work had on him in the arching, curves and linear construction of the forms.
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