- while in Vienna and Munich from 1907 to 1914, he was able to live from selling his work, in a framing shop and through an art dealer and from private commissions.
- in a letter to his sister, May 5, 1914, he wrote, "Liebe Paula, ...I earn very well with the painting. You ask me what I am painting. I can only tell you - everything. The people here buy everything."
-when a composition of flowers was to be hung over a sideboard and the people who had commissioned the work didn't like it, but he convinced them that the colours fit the room.