No. 156. The Floral Cardboards. His latest project had become his passion. Always in thrall to the elemental beauty of corrugated cardboard, the authoritative calm of its honeyed browns and its imperfect surfaces, he began painting big rough bowls of flowers, in raw black acrylic, on huge sheets of the stuff. He exhibited the paintings by mounting them, under glass, in ornate golden frames--usually Victorian. He loved the juxtaposition of his abject, upstart cardboards and the dignity (possibly an outraged dignity now) of the opulent, venerable frames which now held them.

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