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On the Shore (Gull Lake)

On the Shore


The model is Katherine Lack. It was painted at Gull Lake while the Lack family was on vacation. Lack demonstrates a command of the brush with bold strokes and a confident use of color. Though painted simply the two figures are convincingly represented, the figure in the boat wearing a red jacket, and its reflection in the water, provides a balance with the red ribbon, and the three splashes of red to the right of the standing figure. Combined these notes of red provide a color balance throughout the composition and gives the painting a certain flair that Lack strove for in all his landscapes. He demonstrates in this work a painterly command of form, color and composition without being compelled to take the work to a high level of finish.


  • Stephen Gjertson, Richard Lack: An American Master, The American Society of Classical Realism, Minneapolis, MN, 2002, ISBN 0-9636180-3-2, repr. pg. 69


1 Previous owners: Don & Fern Koestner, Silver Bay, MN