57 x 61 cm / 22 " x 24"
78 x 82 cm / 31” x 33"
Oil on board
Signed lower left
Embodying the artist's characteristic sense of intimacy, ambiguity and intrigue, Two Captains is a fine example of an artwork by an artist in his prime. In his inimitable style, every detail is rendered exquisitely in this charming and enigmatic artwork.
Two young military captains relax in the bright sunshine on grassy sand dunes - both appearing to be lost in their own thoughts - on a pristine and solitary beach. Jamieson, the artist's popular muse, is depicted twice, providing both profile and frontal views.
Compositional beauty is evident as the diagonal lines of clouds, shoreline and headland provide a liveliness contrasting with the resting soldiers, and lead the viewer's eyes to the all important centre ground - the soldier's portraits.
"I have been a proud collector of Ross' paintings for many years. His art is astounding in its beauty, emotion, and reverence for our humanity and the world we live in. His attention to the smallest details, and use of light, dark and colour, rivals art's greatest masters."
James J. O'Donnell, Patron, art collector, NYC
"We are loving our new acquisition and we know that 'Nathan, view to Florence' will bring us endless years of joy. Thanks for sharing your talent. We love your work so keep it up!"
Paul Zahra and Duncan Peerman, Sydney
"As avid art collectors we are very proud to have Ross' stunningly handsome work in our collection. His art brings us great joy and we love to share his work with our friends and visitors. We were absolutely thrilled to recently add 'Two Soldiers' to our collection."
Christopher Cosier & Chris Webber, Sydney
"I purchased the original painting 10 years ago at your gallery during Mardi Gras and it has given me enormous pleasure ever since. I remember standing in the gallery for a couple of hours wondering if I should buy it. I have never regretted that decision."
Jon Anderson and Lance Johnson, Palm Springs
"Your art hanging around our home provides us with such pleasure, and we can’t wait for A-Bay to join the Ross Watson family."
Haydon Elliot and Greg Moses, Melbourne