Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection

Will Barnet
born Beverly, MA 1911–died New York City 2012

Sleeping Child
oil on canvas
62 x 48 in.
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
provenance: Waddell & Grippi, New York, 1966

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 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.

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