Child Reaching. Woodcut on Japan. 183x285 mm; 7 1/4x11 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed, titled and numbered 58/60 in pencil, lower margin. 1940.
A very good impression. Szoke 83.
Born in Beverly, Massachusetts, Barnet attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from 1928-30. He later won a 3-year scholarship to the Art Students League, New York, where he focused on printmaking. Throughout his career, he mastered a variety of techniques, including etching, woodcut and lithography, such as the current lot. An extremely dynamic artist, Barnet changed his style significantly throughout his career. His earliest graphic works captured the social and economic despair which resulted from the Great Depression; during these years he also worked for the WPA, producing prints for the graphics arts division.