1961 Will Barnet Born: Beverly, Massachusetts 1911 Died: New York, New York 2012 oil on canvas 62 x 48 in. (157.4 x 122.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.1 Not currently on view
Will Barnet experimented with abstraction in the 1950s but in the early 1960s returned to the figure. Painting the human form, he said, allowed him to explore the states of mind and human relationships. His foray into abstraction paid off in Sleeping Child. The linear simplicity of the feminine forms and softness of the gray-black palette speak to the universality of the bond between mother and child.
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014
Figure group - female and child
State of being - other - sleep
paint - oil
fabric - canvas