Floral Painting - Still Life with Flowers-Eugene Delacroix. Between the fall of 1848 and the spring of 1850, Delacroix did five studies of flowers, in oil, and very probably this large watercolor. The fact that he turned to nature for his inspiration, without including a theme, is rare enough to warrant stressing. He wrote on February 6, 1849, to Constant Dutilleux: "You are good enough to mention the flower pictures that I am completing. Without definite design, I have proceeded in exactly the opposite fashion of the two works in question and I have subordinated the details to the ensemble as much as possible.