Will Barnet

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Gallery Database:

Will Barnet (1911-2012). "Child Reading [Red]," color screenprint, 1970,
on Arches paper, 21 x 12, signed, titled and inscribed artist's proof with full margins. 
Edition of 100 only. Printed by Printer Fine Creations, Inc. NY, NY.

As framed under glass, chrome edge, 28 x 18.


Curator's Comment:

Generally we don't sell prints, but this was so rare and so beautiful we had to own it for our collectors. Signed by Will Barnet, owned by the Oresman's, who collected some 600 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of people reading.  Barnet was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century and the supreme American print maker.  In 2011, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, which was presented by President Obama in a White House ceremony. Will Barnet typically retained his proof copies for his final inventory. But the Oresman's were among his most important private patrons. Only a single print copy of this work was listed in the final inventory, instead of the actual artist's proof, which we now offer. Robert Yahner, now Curator/Registrar of the National Arts Club collection identifies the subject as Barnet's daughter, Ona. Yahner worked as Barnet's assistant during the years the artist lived and worked at the club's Grammercy Park studio residence. This is our "Tiger Mom" special.


Ona in Atalanta (oil on canvas) brought $137,000