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Block Island

Block Island is a study of resolute courage and dignity. The house stands alone, severe, crisp of line. It supports the proud light tower. A single antique auto stands in its fenced yard; a solitary figure, back turned to the viewer, strides toward the comfort and consolation that the house offers.

The sea has eroded the rocky coast; in centuries to come, the house itself will surely fall before the waters inexorable advance. A solitary ship sets out on its voyage to an unknowable destination, led away from danger by the stoic resident of Block Island.

I love lighthouses. The severe, uncompromising life of service led by lonely lighthouse keepers possesses a special dignity. Poised between the last outcroppings of land and the vast expanse of ocean, the lighthouse has become a profound symbol of human life – poised as it is between the transitory and the eternal.

  • Block Island is the only painting in the Archive Collection to feature the sea – a favorite subject of Thomas Kinkade’s.
  • This early lighthouse painting paved the way for Thom’s very popular and more recent┬ástudio releases like Seaside Memories Collection, all of which feature lighthouses.
  • Block Island is one of Thom’s earliest paintings and is his only painting ever to feature an island other than the famed Catalina Island of Southern California.
  • The lighthouse depicted in Block Island is called “Southeast,” and it was built in 1873.
  • Much like the stoic lighthouse featured in this painting, the lives of those who run lighthouses can often be lonely and solitary.
  • Lighthouses are looked upon a great sentries of the sea who shine out a beacon of hope to weary ships – this feeling of hope is a theme that Thom means to convey in all of his paintings.
Title Block Island
Published October 1988
Subject Location Block Island in New Shoreham, Rhode Island
Collection Archive Collection

Image Sizes

12" x 18"
18" x 27"

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