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The Master’s Table, 1986
Oil on canvas, 22 x 24
Collection of Diane Israel

Gjertson enjoys painting fruit and flowers, especially carnations. He does for carnations what Fantin-Latour did for roses, giving them a quiet dignity that is strong, yet delicate. “The beauty of flowers and fruit never fails to inspire me,” says Gjertson. “Our lives move so fast today that we often miss the magnificent beauty of simple things we see every day. We need to slow down and appreciate the marvelous works of God around us.” This still life was a commission in which the artist used a table that belonged to his teacher, Richard Lack. The table appears in several of Lack’s paintings, notably the portrait of his daughter, Susanna (1976) and the still life Peonies in an Oriental Vase (1968).

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