A watercolor on paper of a still life by writer and illustrator Blair Lent (American, 1930 – 2009). The work depicts a still life with a lamp, bowl, and book using soft expressive colors. To the bottom right, the work is signed. To the verso, an estate stamp is present. The painting is presented unmounted and without a frame.
Born in Boston in 1930 Blair Lent would later attend the Boston Museum School in 1953 and used a study grant to study abroad in Italy and Switzerland. He received positive feedback on some of his work written for younger audiences and Lent began to write and illustrate books under the pen name of Ernest Small. Using a variety of mediums, the artist would also illustrate for other authors. Lent won many awards for his illustrative work including the 1973 Caldecott Medal of U.S. picture book illustration. His body of work is kept in both private and public institutions including the Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay and the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota.
- some wear and residue to the edges of the paper; some warping throughout the surface of the paper; puncture marks to the edges form previous mounting; to the verso, smudges and tape residue.
- measurements of work as a whole.