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“A Rose, is a Rose, is a Rose”

This new release from Sir Peter Blake features in our First & Foremost exhibition on show until 25th February. These works take inspiration from Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily’ evolving the meaning of the well-known quote from a statement of the law of identity into an artistic medium.

Consisting of three stunning silkscreen prints with glazes, each print takes on the subject of a rose in a different direction exploring Blake’s signatures watercolour, collage and pop art styles.

The sentence ‘Rose is a rose is a rose’ was written by Gertrude Stein as part of the 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily’, which appeared in the 1922 book ‘Geography and Plays’. In the poem, it references that the first ‘Rose’ is the name of a person. As one of her most famous quotations, Stein later used variations of the quote in her other writing and it is often interpreted as a means to say ‘things are what they are’.

Having always liked the quote and having named his own daughter Rose, Blake took joy in developing these prints in an instinctive direction to create three exquisite silkscreens.


First and Foremost features rare and popular works from Sir Peter Blake; for further information on the show and for e-catalogues please contact the gallery: or 020 8944 7171


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