Lantern in the Snow is from a group of still lifes of a single disused kerosene lantern, always depicted outdoors. Here, the dented light with a broken handle and missing cap stands in the snow near the end of a stockade fence. The gorgeous, restrained palate unifies the various elements. Despite its dilapidated condition, the lantern’s vertical stance and intact glass convey a strength and dignity more often seen in portraiture than still life.
In 1978 a critic wrote, “A Stan Masters watercolor is realism at its best… What he sees is so direct and the way he sees it is so logical that his intent and his achievement are timeless and universal. 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, the three blades of grass subtly point beyond the fence and draw our attention to what might be around the corner.
June 15th, 2020
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