Still Life ·

Still Life with Chrysanthemums



A favorite of Lack’s that he exhibited at the Maryhill Museum of Fine Arts, Maryhill, WA, in 1963, where it was purchased and later donated to the Maryhill Museum. He kept this painting in his studio for several years before parting with it. It is considered by many to be one of his masterpieces, especially in this genre. The composition, color palette, handling of atmospheric light and fine brushwork all combine to elevate this painting to the highest level of standards from any era. The influence of the Boston painters such as Paxton, Tarbell, DeCamp, and Metcalf is apparent. Elizabeth Okie Paxton, the wife of William Paxton, was a superb and highly recognized still life painter living at the time Lack was studying in Boston with Gammell. Lack had the opportunity to meet and visit with on more than one occasion and her work influenced him significantly.


  • Richard Lack, Maryhill Museum of Fine Arts, One Man Show, Maryhill, WA, 1963.


  • Stephen Gjertson, Richard Lack: An American Master, The American Society of Classical Realism, Minneapolis, MN, 2002, ISBN 0-9636180-3-2, repr. pg. 18.