Lillie, 2012
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In Thomas Schütte’s work, painting in watercolour plays a unique role.

It is a modest, personal exercise, like scales for a musician or a diary for a writer. It allows him to look more closely at ordinary objects and everyday life, rather than significant events. His watercolours take the form of self-portraits and portraits of friends, as well as depictions of animals, fruit and other objects. Here, the flower is treated in the style of a vanitas or still life, placed simply on the surface, as if on a grave. This almost romantic ode to nature evokes a sensitive appreciation of the passing of time.