Sleeping Child

Will Barnet, Sleeping Child, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.1
Copied Will Barnet, Sleeping Child, 1961, oil on canvas, 6248 in. (157.4122.0 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.1

Artwork Details

Title
Sleeping Child
Artist
Date
1961
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
6248 in. (157.4122.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group — female and child
  • State of being — other — sleep
Object Number
1986.6.1

Artwork Description

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

Exhibitions

Media - 1986.6.100 - SAAM-1986.6.100_2 - 135134
Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection
This exhibition presents some of the most treasured paintings and sculpture from SAAM’s permanent collection, including artworks by Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Edward Hopper, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, George Tooker, among others.