Feb 04, 2021 - Sale 2557

Sale 2557 - Lot 144

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

WILL BARNET (1911-2012)

Etching and aquatint. 251x351 mm; 9 7/8x9 7/8, full margins. Edition of 25. Signed and titled in pencil, lower margin. Published by the Works Progress Administration, New York, stamped twice in the margins. 1935.

A very good, richly-inked impression. Szoke 20.

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. 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.