Much like in the tradition of her fellow thirteen
moderns, Magsaysay Ho brought an elevated and
dignified quality to a simple still life subject. Sunflower
must be ranked among the symbolist masterpieces
of Anita’s first maturity, a work of powerful design,
intense decorative effect and universal significance.
As an emblem of the cycle of life: the leaves, formalized
into stylized patterns of autumnal brown and green
against the white ground, droop in death while above
and below the bursting seed head and the late marigolds
symbolize fruitfulness and the new life to come. Anita’s
flowers in a basket is directly naturalistic, a vivid and
joyous expression of an immediate and uncomplicated
response to nature.