Rusted Lantern
image © Robert N. Morrissey + click to enlarge

Rusted Lantern

Signed, lower right.
17¾" x 24"


Please note: Masters rarely dated his work, making it difficult to establish a chronology. During the late 1960's he experimented with a variety of styles and media and in 1971 he painted “Still Life with Lantern”, a watercolor composed around this lantern. Considering it his first 'professional' painting, he entered it into a national competition where it won a prize, thus marking the beginning of his career as a watercolor artist.

“Rusted Lantern”, one of not less than ten such paintings which were probably painted early in his career, depicts a ruined lantern outdoors near a barn. More a portrait than a still life, Masters endows the decrepit lantern with stunning realism. The rust is nearly tactile, the dryness of which is reinforced by the withered leaf, twigs and grass together with the hard, cement-like ground and faded wood. Capturing the essence of the lantern and its environs in gorgeous, harmonious colors, Masters sees great beauty in the inexorable passage of time.

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