Emil Nolde (Danish/German 1867-1956), Blaue und gelbe Blüten, watercolor on Japan paper, 1935-40. Nolde's watercolors of flowers embody his desire to make art that blossomed as organically as nature. Fascinated by their symbolic connotations, he said: 'I loved the flowers and their destiny: shooting up, blooming, radiating, glowing, gladdening, drooping, wilting, and ultimately thrown away and dying. Our human destinies are by no means always so logical or so beautiful'. Christie’s 2013.