Will Barnet (b. 1911) is an American painter and printmaker who works with images of animals and genre scenes. Barnet studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Students League of New York under the direction of Stuart Davis. In 1936, he joined the faculty of Art Students League and went on to teach at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, and Yale University.
Barnet’s use of flat, unmodulated colors in his depictions of everyday scenes shows a clear influence of Stuart Davis’ collage-like paintings and foreshadows the American Pop imageries of Tom Wesselmann. His works explore and the abstract qualities of ordinary and banal images.
Barnet’s works were well-received by both the public and prominent institutions, and his works are a part of various prestigious collections including National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many. He has also received various awards such as the Artist’s Lifetime Achievement Award Medal by the National Academy of Design.
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