Etching and aquatint
Image: 4 15/16 x 7 in.
Sheet: 9 9/16 x 12 1/2 in.
l.l. in graphite: Breakfast Table
l.r. in graphite: Will Barnet
l.r. in graphite: S
l.c. in red ink: [arrow] 5" [marked out in graphite] [arrow]
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase in honor of the 50th Anniversary with funds provided by the Paper Guild of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
© 1942 Estate of Will Barnet / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Cassatt most likely executed this painting as she prepared for her debut with the impressionists at the group’s fourth exhibition, held in Paris in 1879. She was experimental and was fascinated with both natural and artificial light, radical foreshortening, the seemingly arbitrary cropping of silhouetted figures, matte surfaces, and the sketchy deployment of dry pigments (such as distemper and pastel), placing her at the vanguard of modern art.
Will Barnet: Relationships, Intimate and Abstract, 1935-1965June 18, 2011–January 8, 2012
This celebratory exhibition marked Barnet’s 100th birthday by allowing viewers to witness the sophisticated progression of his art during the most pivotal period of his career, as he searched for the symbolic potential of forms through realism and abstraction.