‘Cyclamen’ is an example of Wynter’s approach to painting in the late 1940s, before he evolved a more abstract style for which he is better known. In 1946 Wynter saw a Georges Braque exhibition at the Tate Gallery and this influenced his approach for several years. This is visible here in the breaking down of the composition into surfaces, creating an angular, cubist feel. The scene beyond the still life shows a view across the bay at Wynter’s home, The Carn, near St Ives. Across the paper is an underlying texture created by a monotype print, which Wynter used as the initial base for most of his gouaches at this time. It creates a unique surface that the artist built into the overall patterning, identifiable here in the surface texture of the plant’s leaves.