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Judy (The Red Beret)

Judy (The Red Beret)


This finished portrait, from his student years with Gammell, is the only one he painted to survive. The flesh tones are translucent and lifelike. The color harmony is in perfect balance with the red beret providing the focal element. The model appears bored and probably was. Lack captured not only the likeness but the model’s spirit; a difficult skill to master that transcends technique. Many painters strive for this elusive quality of spirit in their portraits but only a few ever achieve it.

Judy posed regularly for Gammell’s students when studying in PT during the summer. She continues to reside in Province Town, with her husband. Lack sent her a photograph of this portrait as a gift in 1970.1


1 Katherine Lack interview, September 13, 2012