Barnet, Will

About The Artist

Will Barnet (1911–2012)  was a 20th-century American artist best known for his paintings and prints created in his distinctively flat, stylized aesthetic. Throughout his classically elegant depictions of both everyday life and dreams, Barnet tinged his work with symbolic meaning. His paintings often feature solitary figures with birds set amidst an ominous interior or landscape. With a career spanning over 80 years, the artist once remarked, “Painting is almost like a religious experience, which should go on and on. Age just gives you the freedom to do some things you’ve never done before. Great work can come at any stage of your life.” Born on May 25, 1911, in Beverly, MA, Barnet went on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and later at the Art Student’s League of New York, where met the influential artist Stuart Davis. Today, Barnet’s work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others. He died on November 13, 2012, in New York, NY at the age of 101.

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