Jack Chambers: Lunch

Jack Chambers, Lunch, unfinished, begun 1970 (Courtesy of the Estate of Jack Cha

Sara Angel reports the story of painter Jack Chambers (1931-1978) and his unfinished masterwork Lunch.

Angel writes that Chambers was encouraged by Picasso to study painting in Spain and became enamored of "baroque masters Juan Sánchez Cotán and Francisco de Zurbarán, whose works became a continuing inspiration and influenced his development of perceptual realism." She notes that the painting Lunch's "genealogy... stretches back to seventeenth-century Spain and a spiritually charged style that 300 years later would stop Chambers in his tracks."