Old Watch House
Kelly pursued many of the same coastal subjects in America that had interested him in England, like this beach "Watch House" along the Atlantic seaboard. As biographer Donald Bassatt indicates, "Striped lighthouses, buoys and bollards, signal masts and other markers, are recorded with a sharpness of observation that lends an eerie unreality to the scenes. The objects are mysterious presences." Old Watch House is clearly one of these paintings in which, as was once said of surrealist Salvador Dali, the inanimate is made animate.