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The Red Barn

Red Barn

History

This work was found among the numerous portfolios in Lack’s studio. Executed when Lack was 15, it demonstrates how comfortable he already was working in watercolor. Lack admired English watercolorists and copied many of their works although none of the copies survived. This original is the only watercolor from this time period and is a good representation of how much he garnered from the English watercolorists he so admired. Note the reflection in the foreground of the barn in the water and his blending of color. He also took the time to copy the watercolors of another favorite artist, Winslow Homer. These watercolors from his youth didn’t survive either; however, two copies of Homer’s work were executed by Lack as an adult. (See no.s 000 & 000).