Richard F. Lack Catalogue Raisonné: 1943 – 1998


This lavish, 496 page book features more than 1,300 paintings, watercolors, woodcuts, etchings, pastels, drawings, sketches, and studies, beginning with works Lack did when he was 15 and ending with his last work in 1998. It features over 1,700 color and b/w reproductions, including numerous works by the Old Masters and Boston Impressionists, and photographs of Richard Lack and his family. Also included is an unabridged 127-page biography, a complete Bibliography of over 200 articles, a detailed Chronology that includes 85 exhibitions and numerous awards, and an Index. A section devoted to Lack’s Legacy features 22 artists who studied at Atelier Lack. Published by Afton Historical Society Press.

Hardcover w/dustjacket. Dimensions: 12″ x 9¾”.




29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards, Seated L-R: Laurie Christensen, Stephen Gjertson, Gary Christensen. Standing L-R: David Ginsberg, Beth Williams (Afton Press), Annette LeSueur, Susanna Lack, Malcolm McDonald (husband of Patricia McDonald, publisher, Afton Press), Katherine Lack, Cyd Wicker, (in right rear) Joseph Hendershot and Rebecca Swanson.

This book was nominated for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards and was a finalist in the Minnesota Nonfiction category.

Richard F. Lack (1928-2009) was one of the most important and distinguished artists of the last half of the twentieth century. Over the span of sixty-three years he completed more than 1,300 paintings, drawings, sketches, studies, etchings, woodcuts, and watercolors. This beautiful volume chronicles his life, work, and legacy.

Catalogue Raisonné by Gary B. Christensen.
Richard F. Lack biography by Stephen A. Gjertson.
Catalogue Consultant: Prof. Gabriel P. Weisberg, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota.

About the author:

Gary Christensen was a close friend of Richard Lack for 26 years. He was a co-founder and first president of The American Society of Classical Realism. RICHARD F. LACK: Catalogue Raisonné is the culmination of thirteen years’ meticulous research by Christensen, who also designed this landmark volume.