In 1937, after a lifetime of peripatetic wandering, Marsden Hartley returned to his native state of Maine. This turned out to be the beginning of the final phase of a career during which he had often been denied critical approval, and had experienced years of desperate financial struggles. At last he came to enjoy some recognition and respect, winning prizes and thereby earning a decent income. Still Life with Flowers, painted in 1941, is a work from this period. He had declared himself "the painter from Maine" and in 1940 he boarded with Forest and Katie Young in Corea, a small fishing village on Maine's Atlantic coast. Forest Young was a lobster fisherman, and Hartley made the Young’s home his own until his death in 1943.