CM: The Flowers in Pink Vase is a work by Richard de Menocal of about 1940 and originates in Alexander Iolas Collection, New York. Iolas himself donated this painting to his friend George Fatseas, an actor starring in Elia Kazan's America America (1963), in gratitude for the latter's support in his early days in New York in the 1940s. Takis Efstathiou purchased this painting from George Fatseas at Westchester County, New York, in the early 1970s, and subsequently donated it to the ACG Art Collection.
When this painting was given to the ACG Art collection, there was no clue about the artist, other than the fact that it belonged to gallerist Alexander Iolas. The research into the painting's special frame created by renowned modern American framer Robert Moore Kulicke (1924-2007) led to paintings by De Menocal. Subsequently, the name of De Menocal led to a Skinner Auction, where Seven Theatrical Studies were inscribed "Richard de Menocal, Iolas Gallery" on the reverse, which rather confirms the attribution.