A Loaf of Bread, a Jug of Wine

copyright 2012, Max Ranft

A Loaf of Bread

The rich mahogany background of this painting is typical of Max’s still life work of a few decades ago.  He did several paintings featuring food–maybe sustenance is a better word.  This crusty loaf needs no accompaniment but a swig from the pewter jug beside it.  The grapes and copper pot below offer another example of Max’s work from this period.

Copyright 2012, Max Ranft

Green Grapes Beside a Copper Pot

Winter in a Yellow Light

In dry, hot days like these in the Midwest, it’s good to remember that winter will indeed return.  If you live in a climate with four seasons, you know that snow is every color but white.  The yellow light in this painting tells us just what kind of day it is.  The snow is heavy and the air is wet.  Another snow shower is on its way.

Dorothy, Reclining with a Book

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Dorothy, Reclining with a Book

Here is an early portrait of the artist’s wife Dorothy, painted after the couple was first married in 1962.  Max’s use of the palette knife gives this small portrait a distinctively decorative look.  This painting is a family favorite and hangs in the artist’s home.

Pulling Ashore the Rowboat at Graue Mill

copyright 2012, Max Ranft

Pulling Ashore the Rowboat at Graue Mill

Max Ranft has used the Graue Mill as the setting for a number of paintings.  He adjusted the landscape components to fit his composition.  The painting above includes the addition of a boat and three men.  In the painting below, the river is broad and prominent.  Notice that the mill is three stories high.  Both were painted in the 1990s and are privately owned.

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Graue Mill