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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: 20th century: Positano
Will Barnet

Will Barnet

(born Beverly, MA 1911 -- died New York City 2012)

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"I have always searched for clarity and harmony over violence, chaos and accidents." The artist, 1989, quoted in Will Barnet, Springfield Art Museum, 2001

Will Barnet studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then moved to New York in 1930 to attend the Art Students League. He worked as a printer for the school and experimented with techniques such as lithography, etching, and woodcutting. After his first son was born, Barnet began a series of paintings that show scenes of family life. He experimented with abstraction for several years, aiming to "eliminate realistic space" in favor of simple geometric forms. His later work was more representational and focused almost entirely on the female form, emphasizing the contrast between natural curves and rigidly composed backgrounds of horizontal and vertical forms. ("Will Barnet, Works of Six Decades," American Art Review, June-July 1994)