Studies and Their Paintings


H. Ives Gammell has been quoted as saying, “When you’re young get your ideas down on paper. Write them down, draw them or make thumbnail sketches, and keep them.

“When you’re young the ideas come freely and rapidly but you don’t have the skills necessary to execute them. When you’re older and the ideas don’t come so easily you’ll have the abilities to execute the ones you had when you were young.”1

Gammell also quoted Degas, “It is not difficult to get life into a six-hour study. The difficulty is to retain it there in sixty. The secret lies in following the counsels which the masters gave us through their pictures while we do something different from what they did.”2

As you will come to see Richard Lack followed both dictums religiously and quite successfully.

1 James Childs conversation with R. H. Ives Gammell, c.1971–1973

2 R. H. Ives Gammell, The Shop Talk of Edgar Degas, University Press, Boston, MA, 1961, pg. 36.

Lack with Daemons

The Work Behind the Works of Richard F. Lack




Day of Wrath

The Launderesses after Fragonard, 1980

Copying the Masters