Post by: Jennifer Chapman Smith
Collections and Exhibitions Manager
The art world lost a great artist yesterday. Will Barnet passed away Tuesday, November 13, at the age of 101. Barnet had a long and varied career, continuing to paint 3 to 4 hours a day even at the end of his life when he could no longer stand. The New York Times remembers Barnet in the article below:
The WCMFA is fortunate to have two works of art by Barnet in the collection, Factory District, Norwalk, Connecticut (1936, lithograph) and The Young Couple (1971, etching/aquatint). Both prints were donated to the museum by Spence and Cinda Perry.
Factory District, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1936, lithograph
The Young Couple, 1971, etching/aquatint
The works show the depth and breadth of Barnet’s art and especially highlights his strength as a printmaker. Though these works are not currently on view at the museum, because they were recently inventoried and photographed during the inventorying process we can share them with you here so you can enjoy the wonderful art of this artist who will be greatly missed.
You have to believe in what you're doing. In the long run, you have to feel that what
you're doing, regardless of the trends, will have a lasting quality.
Someday someone may pick it up and recognize that it was superior.
– Will Barnet