Old No. 8
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Old No. 8

13" x 19"


Framed in a beautiful, highly figured birdseye maple frame with its original silver gilt liner, which works nicely with the white nose of the train. The mat is linen and the molding surrounding the artwork is silver glit. All acid free materials, museum glass.

Giclée print: $395 (unframed) Signed by Carlene Masters, the artist's widow.

Please note: The train paintings fall into two general categories: active and retired, the latter being some of the most personal and poignant in Masters' oeuvre. Often giving them anthropomorphic titles like “Once, a King”, “Lonesome Loco”, and even “Self Portrait”, Masters invites us to empathize with these spent trains. In his manifesto Masters writes: “I do not, however, merely attempt to represent, or copy a scene or an object. I want my pictures to do more than simply report facts or portray the likeness of the scene. I prefer to USE the subject as a means of expressing feelings, emotion, an idea or a mood. If I paint an old locomotive standing alone in the rain, I want you to feel the melancholy, the sadness of the situation. At the same time I am striving to provide you with a pleasurable escape, perhaps remind you of something forgotten and most certainly, convey a sense of beauty.”

That sense of beauty certainly exists in “Old No. 8” as the colors of the engine harmonize with those of the landscape. There’s a sympathetic relationship between the object and its surroundings, as if it belongs there. Our eye is drawn to the bright, irregularly shaped patch of light reflected off the broken window we see, a clean crisp green awning above. Like a handkerchief in the breast pocket of a retired gentleman, the awning lends a sense of identity to the retired engine while the clean white nose adds a sense of vitality

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