Size: 12.5″ x 18.5″ Framed: 20″ x 25.5″ Modern Larson Juhl coffee-colored frame. Archival mat, regular glass.
Over the course of his career, Masters painted at least 10 poignant still lives featuring a single dilapidated lantern in various settings. In “Lantern in the Snow” it stands in the undisturbed snow against a weathered stockade fence. Dented, with a broken handle and missing cap, the dead leaves reinforce the mood. And yet, its vertical stance and intact glass, rendered in gorgeous, harmonious colors, imbue the relic with strength and dignity. Indeed, Masters depicts the lantern as a portraitist would an elderly sitter, capturing the essence of a long purposeful life, endowed with a patina earned from years of service, tinged with the sadness that comes with age.
An art critic wrote in 1978, “A Stan Masters watercolor is realism at its best… One thing that is always fascinating in a Masters scene is the very real feeling you get of what is going on outside of the picture.” Here, Masters abruptly ends the fence and the few blades of grass, bent in the wind, subtly point to something around the corner, drawing us further into the painting and its complex narrative.
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